Summer Student Research Program (SSRP)

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During the summer months Maine Medical Center Research Institute provides undergraduates with an opportunity to receive an educational experience in biomedical science through the MMCRI Summer Student Research Program. MMCRI also reserves several spots in the program for MMC Tufts Maine Track students. Learn more about the medical student portion of the 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.

Summer Students become employees of Maine Medical Center and are paid at an hourly rate bi-weekly. The total amount generally works out to approximately $4,600 for the ten week program, working 40 hours per week. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing.

Contact the Education Coordinator 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 be 18 years old by June 4, 2018
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate college program or community college program, or be a high school senior moving to a full-time undergraduate college program starting in the fall of 2018. College seniors who will have graduated by the time the Summer Student Research Program starts in June 2018 are not eligible for the program.
  • All Summer Student Research Program participants become employees of Maine Medical Center, so you must be eligible to be employed in the US in order to participate in this program.
  • You must also be available to come to MMC for required pre-employment health screening over the course of a 48 hour period prior to the start of the program.

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 4, 2018 through August 10, 2018.  

Program Dates

November 30, 2017
Application available online

February 1, 2018
Application deadline

Mid-March, 2018
Selection and notification

June 4, 2018
MMC New Employee Orientation (required for all Summer Student Participants)

June 5, 2018
MMCRI Summer Student Orientation (required for all Summer Student Participants)

August 8 & 9, 2018
Final Presentations: Students are expected to write a one-page abstract and give a PowerPoint presentation of their research project.

August 10, 2018
Last Day of the Summer Student Program

Application Requirements

Online Application [Application]

As part of the online application you will be required 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.
    • Why are you interested in MMCRI?
    • If you were selected for MMCRI’s Summer Student Research Program, what factors would contribute to your decision about whether to accept?
  • 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)
  • Resumé to upload
  • Transcript to upload (screen shot of student record is acceptable).  An official transcript from the registrar’s office is not required.

Reference Letters: Two (2) letters of reference are required.  You will send the Reference Form link to your referees and they will complete and submit the form to us.  [Reference Form]

Selection and Acceptance

The application deadline is February 1, 2018. Selection will begin in February, and all students will be notified by mid-March.

The selected summer students will be assigned to one of the research areas. Prior to starting, Research Mentors will contact the students to discuss the upcoming project. During the program, the students become temporary employees of MMC and will need to complete a health screening and orientation before the program starts.

The 2018 Summer Student Research Program will offer research positions in the following areas:

Basic Science: Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM). Involves laboratory bench research using cell and molecular biology or physiology, possible involvement of cells or tissues from humans and other species, or mouse models of disease.

  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cancer Biology & Therapeutics
  • Developmental Biology & Organogenesis
  • Metabolic & Hormonal Regulation

Clinical Research:  Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Typically takes place in the hospital or clinical care area, involves study of patients or patient data, research will be led by a physician.

Health Services & Population Health Research: Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). Projects are focused on health services, quality and safety, patient-centered outcomes, and population health across our region and the State of Maine.

Vector Borne Diseases: The Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory. Projects focus on tick and mosquito-borne disease. Field work is a part of the projects with the Vector Borne Disease Laboratory.

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