2019 Summer Student Research Program Students and Dr. Rob Koza, PhD, Faculty Scientist and Director of the SSRP 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. The rate of pay for Summer Student Research program participants paid by Maine Medical Center is $13 per hour. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing.

Contact the Education Coordinator bergse@mmc.org with any questions.


Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible for participation in the MMCRI Summer Student Research Program you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a student in an undergraduate college program or community college program, or be a high school senior at least 18 years of age. College seniors who graduate in the 2019-2020 academic year are eligible to apply.
  • Summer Student Research Program participants paid by Maine Medical Center must be eligible to be employed in the US in order to participate in this program.
  • Summer Student Research Program participants paid by Maine Medical Center must be available to come to MMC for required pre-employment health screening prior to start of the program. Appointments will be scheduled when the formal employment offer is extended by MMC.

Other factors to consider when applying for this program:

  • MMCRI’s campus is located in Scarborough, Maine, 6 miles from the main MMC campus. Some summer student positions are located at our Scarborough campus, while others are located on other MMC campuses. You must have some form of transportation in order to participate in this program.
  • Housing is not included in the program, though some housing may be available for rent near the MMC Scarborough Campus.

*International students may apply to the program but must have a visa/visa status that allows them to be employed in the United States. MMCRI is not designated to sponsor visas for students to participate in the program therefore, students must secure such a visa status independently. Students must be eligible to be employed for the duration of the program, from June 1, 2020 through August 7, 2020.  If you have a question about whether you are eligible to be employed in the United States please contact the International Office at your school.

Program Dates

Mid December 2019
Application available online

February 11, 2020
Application deadline

Mid-late March, 2020
Selection and notification

June 1, 2020
Program Start Date

August 7, 2020
Last Day of the Summer Student Program

2020 Application Process Is Now Closed


Online Application 

MMCRI’s Summer Student Research Program has a two part application process.

1.    You must go online and complete the Maine Medical Center Employment Application.

2.    You must complete the following supplemental MMCRI Summer Student Research Program Application.

Only applicants who complete both parts of the application will be considered.

The MMC Employment application asks for information about your past employment and education history- you may upload a resume and it will pre-populate much of that application for you. The MMC Employment application will ask you to provide the names and contact information for three references. Your references may be contacted via email or phone but formal recommendation letters are not required to be submitted as part of the MMC or MMCRI applications.

The MMCRI application will require you to provide the following information:

  • Contact and education information
  • Science Grades- grades in your 5 most recent science classes
  • Three short-answer questions:
    • Please tell us about your connections to Maine and why you would like to spend your summer here.
    • What particularly interests you about MMCRI’s Summer Student Research Program? If you were selected for MMCRI’s Summer Student Research Program, what factors would contribute to your decision about whether to accept?
    • How would you contribute to the diversity of the Summer Student Research Program?
  • Personal Statement:  The personal statement should include an overview of your qualifications for participation in the program. If applicable, please include specific experiences in biomedical science, previous summer internships or academic programs, involvement with hands-on laboratory experience, and general research interests, including any strong preferences for, or against working in any specific research area (NOTE: please limit your essay to no more than 500 words)
  • Transcript to upload (screen shot of student record is acceptable).  An official transcript from the registrar’s office is not required.

Participants in the MMCRI Summer Student Research Program employed by MMC are paid at a rate of $13 per hour.

Selection and Acceptance

The application deadline is February 11, 2020. Selection will begin in February, and all students will be notified by late March.  Students being considered for positions may be contacted for interviews which may be conducted via telephone or Skype.

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