American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation/Abbott Health Professional Graduate Student Research Preceptorship
Applications Due Online November 1, 2012
Application, format and submission requirement: All applications must be submitted electronically via the ACR REF Web site by 5:00 PM (ET) on the deadline. Please avoid jargon and abbreviations in your application. To submit your application, visit the Web site for a link to the online application, which will be available at least 30 days prior to each deadline. Additional information is available at www.rheumatology.org/REF, or by contacting the REF at REF@rheumatology.org or (404) 633-3777.
The purpose of this award is to introduce students to rheumatology-related health care by supporting full-time research by a graduate student in the broad area of rheumatic disease.
Only students enrolled in an accredited graduate school are eligible. Preceptors are responsible for selecting student applicants and must be members of ARHP or ACR. Preceptors must complete the online submission of the application. Individuals who are personally related to the proposed student are not eligible to serve as the student's Preceptor.
Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico. US residents who are not citizens must be in lawful possession of a permanent resident card. Individuals on temporary (J1, H1) or student visas are not eligible Non-citizen nationals are eligible to apply. This generally includes persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).
Award Terms and Funding
This is a one-year award. Students must complete eight-week research program within one academic year. Students will receive a $3,500 stipend. Preceptors will receive a $1,000 stipend (stipend may be waived and contributed toward student supplies) as well as $1,000 to cover related laboratory expenses. Students are also eligible to receive complimentary registration as well as reimbursement for up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting during the current award year or the following year. Students must notify the REF prior to attendance to receive these benefits.
The preceptor must participate in all efforts to track the outcome of the student(s) that participate in the program during the time of the award and for up to three years after the award. Each participant (preceptor and student) will be required to complete an online evaluation form at the end of his or her participation in the program.
Each applicant will be reviewed on the following criteria:
1. Project's scientific merit and relevance to rheumatic disease research (clinical and basic science)
2. Preceptor's credentials as related to the project and previous experiences as a mentor/sponsor
3. Appropriateness and feasibility of student's role in the project
4. Institutional research environment, including any coursework or seminars specifically designed for summer students
Funding for this award is made possible through the Abbott Endowment for Rheumatology Development.