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2016 SOM Student Summer Research Program

Download and complete the Student Summer Research Project Proposal Agreement Form as soon as possible – due to by April 15, 2016!!! (This is the form confirming your participation in the program)
SOM Student Summer Research Program Mandatory Welcome/Orientation and CRI Training (Breakfast refreshments will be available)
    • June 6, 2016, 8:30 – 12:00, ACB 220
    • June 7, 2016, 9:00 – 12:00, ACB 220

Program Description

The School of Medicine Student Summer Research Program – 2016 is an 8-week program from June 6 to July 29, 2016 designed to help students gain experience in an area of research interest. First-year medical students in Lubbock are encouraged to coordinate with interested faculty members on project proposals that are to be submitted for approval to the Office of the Dean. A stipend in the total amount of $2,240 will be paid to each participating student in accordance with this guideline, and students are required to present information regarding summer research activities during the Student Research Week in the Spring 2017.

Download Program Guidelines


Proposal/Project Abstract

The Student Summer Research Project Proposal Form should be filled out and submitted to the Office of the Dean and the Associate Dean for Research by April 15, 2016. Preferably, a form is submitted jointly by a student and faculty member who have coordinated the details of a research project for the summer; however, forms will be received from an individual for possible research projects. The Office of the Dean and the Associate Dean for Research will coordinate to assist in locating and matching interested students and faculty. Note: The proposed project should have appropriate institutional approval (IRB, IACUC, etc.) prior to the start of the program.

Download Student Summer Research Project Proposal Agreement Form

Additional Resources

Program Checklist:  Faculty and Students should review the attached Program Checklist, which describes the process with contact information and expectations of the student and faculty mentor.

Download Program Checklist.


 Faculty Access to Request EMR: 

Electronic Health Record/Powerchart Access Instructions:

To request student access to the Electronic Health Record/Powerchart.


Library Support for Research

Once you have matched with a mentor and a project, if you would like, please schedule a one-on-one session with one of our librarians to assist you with the literature research that you may need. Depending on your topic we will introduce you to appropriate databases and suggest search strategies as well as introduce you to bibliographic software to aid you in organizing your citations. Using this software you will be able to embed citations within word documents and create references or bibliographies in the style that you need.

In addition to reference assistance, the Library has added a 3D printer that the students can use based on their research project topic. Here is some information on the 3D printer service: The contact person for this service is Kate Serralde at (806) 743-1380.

Please contact Margaret Vugrin, MSLS, AHIP, Reference Librarian at or 806-743-2241 or Peggy Edwards at 806-743-2212 at peggy.edwards to schedule your session.


Summer Research
Matching Opportunities (Projects and Faculty Mentors)


Faculty Mentor

Potential Project Description

Contact Information

Potential Positions

Lan Guan, MD, PhD  Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Co-Director of Center for Membrane Protein Research

Directed-evolution approach for novel reagents against epidermal growth factors.

Dr. Lan Guan,, at 806-743-3102


Hongiun "Henry" Liang, PhD  Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics

1) New antibiotic design based on virus-mimicking polymer molecular brushes. This project develops a new family of nano-antibiotics to fight tough bacteria infections;

2) Directed assembly of membrane proteins into robust and scalable functional materials. This project develops novel block copolymers to support and harness membrane protein functions under a broad range of abiotic environment.

Dr. Henry Liang,, at (806) 743-1463


Thivakorn Kasemsri, MD, MS  Associate Professor & Division Chief, PCCM

End of life memento collection in pediatrics.

Dr. T. Kasemsri, or

Mary Jo Ford  at (806) 743-6629


Yan Zhang, PhD LAc  Associate Professor Director, Division of Integrative Medicine

Ron Cook, M.D. Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

David Trotter, M.D. Associate Professsor, Department of Family & Community Medicine

. This project will assess the implementation of Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) in the Family Medicine clinic in Lubbock. Pre-implementation data have been collected. The students’ work will mainly include survey data collection and data entry of collected data. Students will also have opportunities to learn survey design and preliminary data analysis approaches as well as PCMH itself.

Yan Zhang, PhD LAc                   Yan


Departmental Responsibilities

Processing of all paperwork to ensure appropriate payment of stipends will be the responsibility of a participating department. Steps to be taken are:

  1. Process an ePAF for each student using the pooled position HSC Student Intern (0 FTE and 0 salary).
  2. Please note: The Department is responsible for processing the full stipend amount of $2,240.  The Department account will be used for half ($1,120) and the Dean’s account for the remaining amount ($1,120).  The FOP can be obtained from Shalene Vick at 743-1830.
  3. Process EOPs prior to June 18th for the first month and July 18th for the second month.
  4. Process ePAF to end job for each student.


The research activities of this program are expected to provide meaningful experience and knowledge that contribute to the student’s medical education. Faculty members should offer appropriate instruction and assistance in order for the student to be successful. Students are required to complete a presentation of their research activities during the Student Research Week in the Spring 2017. The Office of the Clinical Research Center is providing an opportunity for students to gain better knowledge of the development of protocols for clinical research by attending scheduled lectures early this summer. This will assist the student in understanding the searching of literature, roles and responsibilities of the research team and governing regulations, protection of subjects (consents), data collection (from charts), role of the IRB (risks & benefits), study monitoring and dealing with audits. Additional presentations will be offered throughout the summer on developing a hypothesis, how to give a presentation and writing an abstract. Research seminars presented by TTUHSC faculty members and graduate students will also be presented.


Any questions regarding this program can be referred to Ernestine Gregorcyk in the Office of the Dean at 743-7163.