research opportunities

Research Opportunities

American Society of Nephrology

Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars)

This program consists of a one week residential course in Bar Harbor, Maine ( Origins of Renal Physiology course), plus membership of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and a travel stipend to attend the ASN annual meeting.

Origins of Renal Physiology Course

This program is a one-week intensive laboratory summer short course helt at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The week is an unparalled opportunity to study the classic experiments which underlie the basics tenets of renal physiology. It is a fun, hands-on week with supported travel and accoomodation.

The week is organized around several research modules that examine all aspects of kidnet function. Modules include: water homeostasis, salt homeostasis and secretion, acid/base homeostasis, glomerular function, and personalized medicine and genetics. In each module, classical experiments using model systems (toad, zebrafish, roundworm, shark, Xenopus oocyte) are combined with modern molecular techniques.
Course: June/July 2015 (exact dates TBD)
Deadline: usually 3rd week of January

Contact Information:
Ashley Jefferson, MD, FRCP, Division of Nephrology

Kidney STARS (Students and Residents)

This program is held at the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) national meeting each Fall. Program highlights include a networking reception, "Meet the Expert" sessions with nephrology leaders, a guided tour of innovative research abstracts, and breakfast with mentors. In addition, all accepted participants are matched into small groups led by a faculty or fellow mentor. The grant supports travel and accomodation.
Deadline: July 2015
Contact Information:
Ashley Jefferson MD, FRCP, Division of Nephrology

Student Scholar Grants

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Student Scholar Grant is to enable medical students with an interest in either basic or clinical research to spend 10 to 52 weeks engaged in continuous full-time research in a nephrology lab. The student must work with a mentor that is a current ASN member.
Grant Support: $500 per week, plus $1500 travel stipen to attend the ASN national meeting
Deadline: There are two deadlines. 5th September, 2014 & Spring 2015
Contact Information:
Ashley Jefferson MD, FRCP, Division of Nephrology

UW School of Medicine

There are a number of nephrology research opportunities that are available as part of the UW School of Medicine.

Medical Student Research Training Program (MSRTP)

The MSRTP program is a full-time, 10-week summer research project between first and second years under the supervision of a faculty member. The stipend for Summer 2013 was $4500. Participation students will present their work at the School's annual poster session, and submit a final paper in standard scientific format.

Nephrology Faculty will submit a number of basic science and clinical science research proposals for you to consider.
How to apply:
Contact: Kellie Engle, Director of Curriculum, Academic Affairs, School of Medicine
Phone: 206-616-7063; Fax: 206-616-3341

Dates: Deadline for application (early January 2015)

UW Division of Nephrology

Student Research Grant

The Division of Nephrology has a limited number of research grants to support medical students interested in a Summer 10-week research experience in either basic science or clinical research.

To apply for a UW Division of Nephrology Research Grant, a candidate:
  1. Must perform full-time research with a mentor that is a current Faculty member of the UW Division of Nephrology
  2. Must be enrolled as a medical student in good standing at a US or Canadian medical school

How to Apply
Candidates should submit the following materials:
  • Project Proposal (no longer than six pages)
  • CV or resume
  • Faculty mentor letter of support

Deadline: March 1st 2015

Contact Information:
Ashley Jefferson MD, FRCP, Division of Nephrology

Visiting Students

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Questions may be directed to:
Yolonda Virgili
Electives, Medicine Student Programs
(206) 616-5137