Amarillo Biomedical Research Internships (ABRI)
Sponsored by the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for the Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy
The mission of the ABRI program is to foster interest in the graduate program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (TTUHSC SOP) among promising and gifted students considering graduate studies leading to research careers in biomedical sciences.
Eligibility Criteria & Program Target Audience
Students who have completed their first year toward a bachelors degree or their first year of a professional degree will be eligible for the program. Preference will be given to third- or fourth-year students. Applicants should express a serious interest in obtaining hands-on, intensive research experience. All interested students will complete an application. Final selections of students will be made by the TTUHSC SOP Office of the Sciences and a panel of mentors in the program.
Each of the students selected for the ABRI program will be provided with a stipend and placed in a laboratory setting under the guidance of a graduate faculty mentor. Most placements are in Amarillo; however, placements may be available in Lubbock and/or Dallas (this depends on SOP faculty participation and varies from year to year). The students will work for 10 weeks during the summer, learning research skills and conducting laboratory studies. Students typically begin their 10-week internship on the fourth week in May, completing their work the last week of July. The focus of the ABRI program is to provide the interns with one-on-one, hands-on experience in investigator-initiated research. The program will provide an opportunity for interns to conduct serious research and develop applied research skills. Upon completing this program, interns will be equipped with solid skills and experience that will better enable them to successfully pursue graduate studies in biomedical fields.
- Complete a 10-week program of intensive research. Internships will not be calculated based on hourly work; the stipend will be awarded in two payments for the entire 10-week internship.
- Develop and conduct an investigator-initiated research project, in consultation with the faculty mentor.
- Participate in other research activities at the School (i.e. attend research seminars, group meetings, etc.)
- Complete a research project within the timeframe of the internship.
- Present work/findings at the Annual Research Days event.
The Office of the Sciences offered nine stipends to selected interns in the summer of 2005. Each intern received a stipend of $3,000. The Office provided one-half of that amount, and the participating faculty members provided the other half of the stipend for each of their interns.
In 2006, the stipend was increased to $3,300 each. The Office of the Sciences again provided one-half of the stipend, while each participating faculty member provided the other half of the stipend for each intern placed in his/her laboratory.
The multi-disciplinary faculty of the School of Pharmacy are encouraged to participate in the ABRI program. Each participating faculty mentor should have an ongoing investigator-initiated research program with enough funding to support half of the student stipend and to cover other research expenses. Lab personnel (e.g. post doctoral research associates, graduate students, technicians, etc.) should already be in place in the laboratory and available to assist the intern throughout the internship. Faculty members interested in participating in the ABRI program may apply in March to the Graduate Program Office for approval and subsequent student placement.