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INTRO Summer Research Program

The INTRO (Initiation to Research Opportunities) Summer Research program affords first-year medical and pharmacy students the opportunity to gain valuable research experience. The summer following their first year, students who are selected for the program will spend 8 weeks conducting research in their field of interest with a faculty mentor and receive a stipend of $4,000.

Diverse research projects are available across all the Schools in the HSC and include a variety of topics within Medicine (Basic, Translational and Clinical science), Pharmacy, Dentistry and Public Health.  Interested students should initiate contact with a mentor and subsequently submit the INTRO research application form for consideration.  The INTRO Mentors list serves as a guide of available mentors. Students are free to partner up with any faculty mentor here at HSC, even if not listed on the INTRO Mentors list. Students will be notified by April 1, 2022 regarding selection for participation in the Summer program.  It is up to the student and mentor to formulate the research plan, complete the form with both signatures from the mentor and student, and submit before the deadline.

One research mentor per INTRO student will be allowed and one student per mentor will be allowed.

Deadline: March 4, 2022

This year’s program will take place from June 13 -August 5 , 2022. Selections for the program will be made by the INTRO Admission Committee and will be announced in early April.  Funding is limited therefore the program is competitive.

Students interested in applying for the INTRO program must:

  • Identify a faculty mentor 
  • Meet with the faculty mentor about the project and develop a project plan
  • Complete and submit the INTRO application, CV, and any supporting documents
  • One student per mentor will be allowed
  • Must be in good academic standing

Proposed research projects may require approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). If the research project utilizes biological specimens, approval must be obtained first by the Institutional Biosafety Committee prior to IRB submission. The level of review is driven by the level of risk. All projects should be submitted to the IRB to determine which category they fit into.
The three primary levels of IRB reviews include:

  • Exempt research: Common examples include anonymous surveys, retrospective studies, and educational research.
  • Expedited research: This level includes projects that show minimal risk.
  • Quorum research: This level includes projects that show more than minimal risk.

It is required that your project has research IRB approval before June 1 for you to be eligible as an INTRO trainee (if applicable).
Requirements for INTRO trainees:

  • Attendance at the orientation lunches and all enrichment or professional development sessions.
  • Submission of an abstract for oral or poster presentation during the 2021 Van Liere Research Conference in the spring following spring or a follow up summary of research that was conducted at the end of the session.
  • No other externships or research related commitments are allowed during the INTRO Program.


If you are interested in serving as a mentor or would like more information about the program, please complete the INTRO Mentor Interest Form


Sarah Haymond, MEd - Professional Development Program Manager, WVCTSI