Program Description

The Carolinas HealthCare System Summer Research Scholars Program is a program of instruction in research for selected medical students and graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in accredited colleges and universities. Summer scholars work closely with mentors who are performing original research in the clinics or laboratories of Carolinas HealthCare System.

Opportunities are many and varied and include original bench research in medically related disciplines such as biochemistry, cell biology, clinical trials, molecular biology, outcomes research, physiology, proteomics and others. Brief descriptions of mentors and possible projects are listed below.

The major criteria for eligibility to the Carolinas HealthCare System Summer Scholars Program are as follows:

  • Undergraduate overall GPA = 3.5; undergraduate math and science GPA = 3.6
  • Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study
  • A sincere desire to engage in original research as a member of a team

Detailed guidelines and forms required for applications are available below

The Summer Program is able to support 25 students, so competition is keen. Scholars receive a stipend of $5,000 for the duration of the program which is a full-time commitment for 10 weeks. No additional funds for travel, lodging, board exams or other expenses are available. The internship begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and concludes Friday, August 4, 2017.

Students are required to attend weekly meetings and share their research plans with each other and with the faculty. The students are encouraged to attend faculty presentations that offer exposure to areas of interest outside of their assigned research groups. During the last week of the program, students are required to present their findings at a student research day. Prizes are awarded for the best presentation.

Program includes opportunities for scholars to shadow clinicians in various fast-paced environments across Carolinas HealthCare System.

Summer Research Projects

Select a link to download a full description of some of the participating departments (all available in PDF format).

*Lab: indicates that your time is more likely to be spent in a laboratory setting rather than a clinic; all programs include time in office settings.

Prerequisites for Applying

Applicants must have successfully completed primary and secondary education as well as at least two years of an undergraduate program at an accredited institution. Under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Acceptance into the program is contingent on academic excellence. The applicant must have an overall GPA = 3.5 and a GPA = 3.6 in the courses of mathematics and science. Memberships in National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha and/or receipt of National Merit Scholarships or other competitive scholarships will be a plus. Applicants will benefit from demonstrated prior interest in and commitment to research and scholarship, such as by past participation in science fairs, regional or national talent searches and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Required Application Materials

Application materials and questions about the program are to be submitted to:

  • Dr. Andre Walker

    Project Manager
    Office of Clinical and Translational Research, 5th Floor Research Office Building
    1540 Garden Terrace
    Charlotte, NC  28203

Deadline for Submission

Application materials will be accepted between December 12, 2016 through February 28, 2017. Unsealed or electronic letters of recommendation are not accepted if submitted by the student applicant, but are accepted if sent directly from the author.