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    Keck School of Medicine of the

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    Bench to Bedside Summer Research Program

    in Los Angeles

    Bridging the Gaps

    For more information, please contact:Ms. Erin Yamauchi, Program Coordinator

    Educational Affairs

    Keck School of Medicine of USC

    1975 Zonal Avenue KAM 218

    Los Angeles, CA 90033-9024

    Tel: 323 442 2374 Fax: 323 442 1876

    E-mail: eyamauch@usc.edu

    Web: http://keck.usc.edu/SummerResearchProgram

    Dr. Joyce M. Richey, Program Director

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    The Keck School of Medicines Bench to Bedside Summer

    Research Programwill provide an opportunity to outstand-

    ing minority students, who have been historically under-

    represented in medicine and in the biological sciences, to gain

    meaningful exposure to the exceptional research and clinical

    programs at the Keck School of Medicine. The ultimate goal

    is that the majority of these students will want to pursue their

    medical or graduate studies in the biological sciences at Keck.

    Students will conduct summer research for eight weeks from

    June 13 through August 5, 2011 in the laboratories of Keck faculty

    who will serve as mentors. Students will be provided with both a

    clinical and basic science perspective. Additionally, all students will

    attend weekly seminars on health disparities and receive formal

    instruction in basic physiology and biostatistics. At the end of the

    summer session, students will present their research findings to the

    Keck community. All participants will receive a stipend, roundtrip

    transportation from home and housing in university dormitories.

    Please visit http://keck.usc.edu/SummerResearchProgram todownload an application. The application deadline is April 22, 2011.

    Increase awareness regarding the roles of physician1.

    scientists and basic medical scientists.

    Increase the number of underrepresented minorities2.who are physician scientists and basic medical

    scientists.

    Increase the number of underrepresented minorities3.

    conducting research aimed at reducing health

    disparities.

    Increase the number of underrepresented minorities4.

    interested in pursuing future studies at Keck.

    The program will serve to bridge gaps in several areas:

    The Keck School of Medicines Bench to Bedside

    Summer Research Programaims to bridge the gap in:

    Minorities in biomedical research

    Health disparities

    Translational research

    In order to be eligible for the program, the candidate

    must be an underrepresented minority, as designated

    by the NIH, who has completed the first two years of

    undergraduate studies at the time of matriculation at a

    four-year accredited institution.

    Selection will be based on the student s demonstrated

    academic achievements, letters of recommendation,

    extracurricular activities, leadership qualities, required

    essay and completed application.For the 2011 inaugural summer session there will be 10

    highly competitive research positions in the following

    disciplines: Metabolic Diseases (Diabetes and Obesity),

    Oncology, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience, Immunology,

    Virology (AIDS), Hematology and Stem Cell Research.

    The program will offer a structured curriculum in

    physiology and biostatistics to increase the ability of

    students to compete successfully for admission to

    medical or graduate school.

    Students will attend seminars that will focus onreducing health disparities and enhancing cultural

    competence in healthcare.

    Students will attend workshops on nancial aid,

    understanding the admission process to medical and/or

    graduate school, test-taking skills, organizational skills,

    time management and career choices.

    Summer students will be paired with medical and

    graduate students who will serve as peer mentors.

    Student mentors will help organize weekend and

    evening social outings, including community service

    outreach.