LFC-RFUMS Summer Research Fellows Program

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, 10-15 undergraduates (from first year to senior thesis students) have conducted 10-12 weeks of paid research as LFC-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.

imageSince 2009, more than 45 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.

Program Contacts:

Shubhik DebBurman, PhD, Professor of Biology
Room 201, Johnson Science Center

Lynn C. Westley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology
Room A205, Johnson Science Center

For summer 2014 applications: 

Summer 2014 applications will be available with Dr. Lynn Westley in Spring 2013. Given the highly-competitive nature of this program, students should strive to indicate their interest by late fall semester 2013 and apply in January 2014. Contact Dr. 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, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology
Room A205, Johnson Science Center

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