Research Opportunities

  • Student Research Fellowship Opportunities 

    KCU offers nine student fellowships each summer from June 1 to July 31. These fellowship opportunities promote the importance of research and to give KCU students with an interest in research an opportunity to be involved with an experienced faculty mentor to learn the skills necessary for conducting valid research in the areas of basic sciences, clinical research, epidemiological, public health, preventive medicine, health services research and educational research.

    Summer student fellowships are student-led investigations, where the selected fellow is responsible for the overwhelming majority of the project and is not merely a technician for the mentor. The proposals are competitively evaluated by the Research Committee and ranked according to the elements of significance, approach, research experience of the fellow, environment for success and the professional appearance of the proposal and application. The fellowship is a full-time research experience. Fellows should not plan to take other courses or be engaged in other activities. Each fellow selected will receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover eight weeks of research activity under the direct supervision of the mentor(s).

    Students with faculty mentors are encouraged to submit competitive applications according to accepted procedures and annually published timelines.

    Eligibility for Fellowships 

    • Must be a current, full-time osteopathic medical student or biomedical sciences student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
    • Must be in good academic standing with a B average (3.0 GPA) or better and not requiring remediation in the summer months when the fellowship is being conducted.
    • Faculty mentor must sign the fellowship agreement letter accepting student.

    Forms and Policies 

    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).

    Other Research Funding Opportunities

    Please contact Jan Talley, PhD at 816-654-7604 or to make an appointment to learn about more fellowship opportunities available for students.