Research Opportunities

  • Student Research Fellowship Opportunities

    KCU offers Student Research Fellowships each year through the College of Biosciences for graduating students who have been accepted into the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. These research fellowships provide students with the opportunity to be involved with faculty who have active basic science research laboratories. Students learn the skills necessary for conducting research in their areas of interest. 

    Student Research Fellowships are student-led investigations within the laboratories of their chosen mentors. The Student Research Fellow is responsible for implementing the protocol, and is expected to be able to apply for, implement and report on the results of the study. The proposals are competitively evaluated by the Research Committee and ranked according to the quality of the abstract, specific aims, research strategy, significance, innovation, approach and outcomes. The proposal format is based on the format for some federally funded grant proposals. The fellowship is a full-time research experience lasting between seven to eight weeks during the summer months. Fellows cannot plan to take other courses or be engaged in other activities during that fellowship. Students who are selected as Summer Research Fellows will receive stipends of $3,000 while engaged in their research under the direct supervision of their mentor(s). All fellowships are expected to result in a paper or poster presentation at a research conference, either nationally, regionally or locally. The purpose of these fellowships is to expose students to the kinds of experiences that they will encounter if they choose to pursue research funding at the federal level.

    Eligibility for Fellowships

    Students must be accepted into the College of Osteopathic Medicine for the fall semester following their graduation from the College of Biosciences. Students must be in good academic standing with a 3.5 GPA or better from the College of Biosciences at the time of the application. Research faculty mentors must agree to work with the student, and is responsible for overseeing the development and submission of the application. Applications must be competitive, and must be submitted according to accepted procedures and annually published timelines. Applications are submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and are reviewed by appointed members of a sub-committee for the Research Committee.

    Research Resources and Collaborators

    Frontiers Research

    Headquartered at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research is a network of scientists from across the Kansas City region and the state of Kansas (see our partners) working on translational research — research that transforms laboratory discoveries into treatments and cures.

    Frontiers is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium, a national group of medical research institutions funded by NIH. Its goals are to speed the translation of laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients, to engage communities in clinical research efforts and to train a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.

    Frontiers is working with communities to identify their health care needs, and with leading institutions throughout the country to address emerging issues in health care.

    Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA)

    Drawing from experience of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research and extensive community input, the CTSA program creates a definable academic home for clinical and translational research. CTSA institutions work to transform the local, regional, and national environment to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research across the country.

    In 2012, the CTSA Consortium expanded to approximately 60 medical research institutions located throughout the nation, linking them together to energize the discipline of clinical and translational science. The CTSA Consortium is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).