RFUMS Summer Research Fellows Program

This charter group of 2009 RFUMS scholars headed for medical school, PhD programs, optometry, public health, physical therapy, and high school science teaching.This charter group of 2009 RFUMS scholars headed for medical school, PhD programs, optometry, public health, physical therapy, and high school science teaching.

In 2009, Lake Forest College launched a unique summer research training program for our science majors at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), located just 10 minutes away from campus by car or train. Every summer since then, 15-18 undergraduates (from first year to senior thesis students) have conducted 10-12 weeks of paid research as RFUMS summer fellows. Alums of this program are successfully pursuing PhDs, medical school, physical therapy, optometry, and other scientific careers.

PascalatCSFNEach student works in specific medical school professor’s lab carrying out original medical research in the areas of cell and molecular pharmacology, neuroscience, cell biology and anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and physiology and biophysics.  The student is eligible to receive summer housing and participate in cafeteria meal plans at Lake Forest College.

Since 2009, more than 55 biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and psychology majors have been accepted into this program. Several have conducted significant research that led to undergraduate poster prizes at scientific conferences.  Some have co-authored scientific manuscripts published in major journals. All participants have gained exceptional professional mentors among the faculty at this major medical school.

A poster session of work presented by one of our summer fellows.

Our fellows regularly present and win honors for their work at Chicago area scientific conferences, such the Chicago Society for Neuroscience Meeting and the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society for Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics.

For summer 2016 applications: 

Summer 2016 applications will be available in late fall 2015. Given the highly-competitive nature of this program, students should strive to indicate their interest by late fall semester 2015 and apply no later than January 2016. Contact Lynn Westley as soon as possible.

Interested in doing research for college credit during the academic year? 

Note: Some program students also conduct academic year internships at RFUMS, either in the same lab or in a different one. It is not unusual for a student to start with summer research, and continue in the same lab during the academic year, or vice versa.

For those who wish to apply for academic year internships at RFUMS, please contact:
Lynn C. Westley
Assistant Professor of Biology
847-735-6048
westley@lakeforest.edu

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