How to Find a Project

  1. Start by searching the Directory of Faculty Projects. This is a curated list gathered every Fall of UWSOM faculty and affiliated faculty with summer projects for medical students.
  2. We also maintain a list of funded summer opportunities here. These include UW opportunities that are both short (2 month) and long term (9-12 month) projects. Projects outside the UW system are included as well. Please keep in mind for the latter that you will need a UWSOM Faculty Co-Mentor.
  3. Have a specific interest? Look through Faculty webpages for potential mentors with similar interests.
  4. WWAMI students can connect with their Regional Dean’s office for help finding mentors and local resources in their areas of interest. Seattle students may seek similar help from the Director of Medical Student Scholarship.
  5. Have a creative idea? Run it by the Director of Medical Student Scholarship well before the Project Proposal due date.

Choosing a Project

When you meet with a faculty member about potential projects, it is important to use this time to (1) explore if they would be the right Faculty Mentor for you and (2) determine if the project is achievable. Because your work will occur over the limited 9-week summer term, committing approximately 30-35 hours per week, it is necessary to determine:

  1. Will the faculty member be available throughout this period to regularly meet with you (weekly at minimum) and guide you through the execution of your project?
  2. Is this project achievable over the Summer term? Will data be available and ready to analyze before the end of the summer?

You will want to work with someone responsive and available, and who is clearly committed to helping you learn about the scientific process. Avoid mentors who wouldn’t have the time to help you learn, or who lack a definite idea of exactly what you would do.