There are multiple opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning through participating in ongoing research at the College of Medicine. Faculty can mentor students that are working towards their B.S., M.S., Ph.D. or M.D. degrees. Each of these student research opportunities are described below with links to the relevant offices. For further assistance with student research engagement, contact the Office of Research and Graduate Education (423-439-2031).
BEING A MENTOR OR FINDING A MENTOR
Faculty can create a profile in the Research Mentor Gallery for students to search for a mentor. The Research Mentor Gallery lists faculty interested in being mentors to undergraduate students. Contact information: Ashley D.R. Sergiadis. Digital Scholarship Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-439-4992.
Undergraduate students may also create a profile in the Undergraduate Researcher Gallery. Faculty can log in to this gallery to view student research interests.
Faculty should contact the Graduate Coordinator regarding the possibility of advising a graduate student. A list of faculty participating in the Biomedical Science Graduate Program can be found on the program website.
Students interested in the Medical Student Summer Research Program may view a list of mentors here. Faculty interested in mentoring a student for the Medical Student Summer Research Program should contact Dr. Aaron Polichnowski ( email@example.com).
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS
Undergraduate students can engage in research activities by receiving financial support or credits towards their major or minor for research activities, by participating in student work and leadership programs if they are eligible, or just because they are seeking exposure to research as part of the ETSU learning experience. Faculty can engage undergraduate students through the different programs listed below.
1. Resources through which students can receive financial support
ETSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Student service positions allow students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part-time under the Federal Work Study Program (FWS) or the Regular Student Work Program (RSWP). Please contact Ms. Sarah Shanks ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. You may also visit the Student Employment Website.
The FWS Program provides funds for part-time employment to help financially eligible students to pay the costs of postsecondary education. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage.
This in an institutional work program for students enrolled for a minimum of 6 hours at ETSU. Students do not have to qualify for financial aid to work on RSWP.
The Academic Performance Scholarship Program is ETSU’s largest merit-based scholarship program for new freshman students from TN and border counties eligible for in-state tuition. These scholarships are awarded based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores for freshman. Service positions are available.
Promotes and advances the natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts by engaging and supporting undergraduates in research. Students can find resources for funding, publishing, and presenting research projects. Please contact Dr. Trena Paulus ( email@example.com) for more information on the programs listed below.
available through Federal Work Study (FWS) or Academic Performance Scholarship (APS) programs
(submission deadline is March 4, 2022) Funds support undergraduate students in completing an immersive summer research project. These fellowships support major research projects in collaboration with an ETSU faculty member and provide $3,000 in scholarship plus up to $500 for supplies. Students receiving the award MUST enroll for a least 1credit hour during a summer session.
Funds support undergraduate students in completing an organized research project. The maximum award per grant is $1,200.
The Roan Scholars Leadership Program is a premier scholarship program at East Tennessee State University for students from across our region who have demonstrated the potential and the desire to become exceptional leaders.
2. Resources through which students can receive credits
The Honor Thesis is an in-depth experience, required of all honors scholars, to provide them with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of their major disciplines, closer intellectual interaction with faculty members and well-rounded preparation of their career goals. The Honors College offers five distinct honors programs to students.
- Bert C. Bach Fine and Performing Arts Scholars (for incoming freshmen)
- Changemaker Scholars (for incoming freshmen)
- Global Citizen Scholars (for incoming freshmen)
- Honors-in-Discipline Scholars (for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current ETSU students)
- Midway Scholars (for transfer students)
For more information, please contact the Honors College at firstname.lastname@example.org 423-439-6076.
Students may also receive credit for research activities by enrolling in departmental research courses for the semester. Please contact your advisor for more information.
3. Funding for travel to present research
Funds of up to $500 are available.
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS
Students can engage in research at the College of Medicine (COM) as part of the Biomedical Science Graduate Program (Ph.D.) or the M.S. in Biology Program in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Studies lead to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in one of five concentrations:
- Cardiovascular Sciences
- Cellular, Molecular and Chemical Biology
- Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
Students receive support through graduate assistantships that includes a stipend. Tuition and fees are also paid for the student. Currently, a stipend of either $22,000 or $23,700 per year is provided to students in the Biomedical Science Graduate Program depending upon the college in which they work. Travel awards and training in teaching are also available for these students. Please contact Dr. Eric Beaumont ( email@example.com) or Dr. Lana Cook ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Studies lead to the M.S. in Biology in one of three concentrations:
- Biology Concentration, contact Dr. Thomas Jones: email@example.com
- Biomedical Sciences Concentration, contact Dr. Thomas Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Microbiology Concentration, contact Dr. Bert Lampson: email@example.com
Before admission to candidacy, the student must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate School and the student's advisory committee. Before graduation, the student must complete a written qualifying exam. This evaluation will include emphasis on interrelationships, problem solving, and analysis in the area of specialization. Final evaluation involves an oral presentation of the thesis and an oral examination. Students may receive financial support through graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships.
MEDICAL STUDENT RESEARCHERS
College of Medicine Medical Student Summer Research Program
The Medical Student Summer Research Program is offered to rising second year medical students at ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine. Students selected for this competitive program will spend approximately seven weeks during the summer between their 1st and 2nd year of medical school, working on a basic science or a clinical research project. A stipend of $3,000 per student is provided to students selected to this program. Funding is provided by the Dean’s office, Clinical Departments, and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the COM. Near the end of the 1st semester of the 1st year, the director of the program will give a brief overview of the program and instructions on how to apply. A list of mentors and their projects will be provided and students will select their top five projects. Interviews with potential mentors will be conducted early in the 2nd semester of the first year. Students will be paired with mentors based on a mini-match process following interviews. Students selected for this program are expected to give a research presentation at the Medical Student Research Symposium in the 1st semester of the second year of medical school. Students are also encouraged to present their findings at the Appalachian Student Research Forum at ETSU as well as any local or national conferences.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Aaron Polichnowski ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
PRESENTING RESEARCH PROJECTS
Presentation of research projects is an integral part of understanding scientific information and enhancing scientific communication skills. Many organizations provide scientific meetings for researchers to present oral or poster presentations. Students at ETSU may present their research at the Appalachian Student Research Forum and/or other regional or national meetings.
- Appalachian Student Research Forum: Provides dual enrollment, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students as well as post-doctoral fellows and medical residents an opportunity to present research projects. Please view the ASRF 2021 website for registration (February 8th to March 8th 2021).
Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium
- SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF)
- Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference
- National Conference on Undergraduate Research
- TN Physiological Society
- Society for Neuroscience
- Shock Society
- Experimental Biology
- Gordon Research Conferences
- American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
American Society for Microbiology