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2016 SOM Student Summer Research Program


2016 SOM Student Summer Research Program Mandatory Orientation & Clinical Research Training

This program will serve as an introduction to your clinical research experience this summer. It should provide you with the basic background information about some different aspects of doing clinical research. Please feel free to ask questions or make comments during any section. THERE IS NO EXAM!

Monday, June 6, 2016, Room ACB240 (Day 1)

8:30 - 9:00 am Light breakfast served
9:00 - 10:00 am Program Introductions (Steven Berk, MD, Provost and Dean and Jannette Dufour, PhD)
10:00 - 11:00 am Research and Resident selection (Program Directors)
11:00 - Noon How can I use a large database for retrospective studies? (Tom Xu, MD and Jeff Dennis, PhD)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Room ACB220 (Day 2)

8:30 - 9:00 am Light breakfast served
9:00 - 9:30 am How do I develop a research study? (L. O. Lutherer, MD, PhD)
9:30 - 10:00 am The top ten list of statistical errors (Eneko Larumbe, PhD)
10:00 - 10:30 am What is Evidence-Based Practice? (Raj Koul, PhD)
10:30 - 11:00 am Consenting - how much do we have to tell them (Cathy Lovett, MSN, RN)
11:00 - 11:30 am IRB overview----what do I have to do? (Beth Taraban, MS)
If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Lovett, Managing Director, Dr. Peiris, Co-Director, or Dr. Lutherer, Executive Director in the Clinical Research Institute, contact information below.

Contact Information:

Lorenz Lutherer, MD, PhD, Executive Director Phone No.: 806-743-2532; Email:
Cathy Lovett, MSN, RN, Managing Director Phone No.: 806-743-4433;
Alan Peiris, MD, PhD, Co-Director Phone No.: 806-743-3554;

Additional Training Offered

SABR Seminars are being offered as additional training. Please RSVP a day in advance of the the seminar you wish to take. RSVP to Keleigh Taylor, 806-743-4054 or email . 

Download 2016 SABR Seminar Schedule

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.


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.