After careful consideration MMCRI has made the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 Summer Student Research Program. We care deeply about the safety of our community and our students, and given the uncertainty about when we can resume normal operations without risking exposure we determined that canceling the program was the most prudent step to take. We look forward hopefully to the summer of 2021 and a resumption of our beloved student program.

During the summer months Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) provides undergraduates with an opportunity to receive an educational experience in biomedical science through the MMCRI Summer Student Research Program.

Research at MMCRI covers a broad area in biomedical science including vascular biology, stem cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, hematology, nephrology, tumor biology, and molecular genetics as well as outcomes research, vector-borne diseases, and clinical research.

The Summer Student program is ten weeks in duration, and students work 40 hours per week. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing.

For information about the 2021 Summer Student Research Program, including program eligibility and program dates, please revisit this page in October 2020.

Please contact the Education Coordinator, Elisabeth Bergst at with any questions.


Examples of Previous SSRP Projects

  • Epigenetics and the Transcriptional Regulation of miR199b-5p in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Basic Science: Sathyanarayana Lab)
  • Estrous Cycle-Mediated Changes of Mesoderm Specific Transcript in the Uterus and White Adipose Tissue of C57BL/6J Mice (Basic Science: Koza Lab)
  • Myocardial Biology and Heart Failure Research (Basic Science: Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Research Lab)
  • The Role of TRPM8 in Osteoclast Differentiation and its Effect on Bone Resorption (Basic Science: Motyl Lab)
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Adipogenesis Regulation by Cthrc1 (Basic Science: Prudovsky Lab)
  • A visual and quantitative analysis of murine pulmonary vasculature through micro-CT technology (Basic Science: Liaw Lab)
  • Association between the local food and physical activity environment, health behaviors, and cardiovascular disease risk across Maine counties. (Health Services Research)
  • Data Mining in Health Care (Health Services Research)
  • Maine Medical Center Surgical Residency Program: Evaluation and Adaptation to an Experience-Based Curriculum (Health Services Research)
  • Infection Prevalence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in host-derived Ixodes scapularis (Vector Borne Diseases)

Maine Track Medical Student Presentations

  • Identifying Unmet Palliative Care Needs: Use and Utility of the ‘Surprise Question’ in Emergency and Inpatient Settings (Clinical Research: Emergency Medicine)
  • High Quality CPR- Assessment and Educational Intervention for Hospital Code Teams through a Simulation-based, Multicenter Study (Clinical Research: Simulation Center)
  • Re-evaluating the Threshold for Treatment in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Clinical Research: Pediatrics)
  • Pediatric caregiver experience of the hospital to home transition: satisfiers and dissatisfiers with an emphasis on discharge medication processes (Clinical Research: Pediatrics)
  • 10 year cross-sectional study of mechanically assisted crevice corrosion in 1352 consecutive patients with metal-on polyethylene total hip arthroplasty (Clinical Research: Orthopedics)

Learn more about the MMC-TUSM Maine Track Summer Research Fellowship