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Frontiers Awards $20,000 to Support Medical Students’ Summer Research Projects

July 17, 2019

By Marion During

Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute has awarded a total of $20,000 to 10 medical students to support summer research projects. These stipends, which are $2,000 each, allow Frontiers to contribute to the pipeline of professional development for students interested in clinical and translational research.

Illustrated image of scientists in modern lab"Frontiers is committed to offering medical students the opportunity to learn how interesting and rewarding research is early in their professional training," said Richard J. Barohn, MD, PI and Director of Frontiers. "Our hope is that these young student researchers will someday become experienced researchers who advance their field of medicine and improve human health."

Students from both the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Missouri-Kansas City applied for funding. Barohn worked with KU Medical Center's Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D. and Michael J. Werle, Ph.D., along with Michael Wacker, Ph.D. at UMKC to select the students.

"This was a selective process where we tried to pick the best mentor/mentee partnership with interesting research projects that were consistent with the Frontiers' mission," Barohn said. "I am excited to support these students."

As part of the application process, each student had to meet with prospective mentors to find one whose project they would work on. This challenged the students to find a mentor who aligns with their research interests.

"This immersive research experience provided by Frontiers will greatly aid my student, Shaan Patel, in his goal of becoming a clinician scientist who desires to practice and conduct research in the field of cardiology," said UMKC School of Medicine's Michael Wacker, Ph.D. "Shaan will work in my lab directly with me and my research assistant daily and we expect him to contribute to a manuscript."

Below are the students who received awards:

  1. Ryan Brennan, University of Kansas Medical Center
  2. Luke Kahler, University of Kansas Medical Center
  3. Joshua Kaseff, University of Kansas Medical Center
  4. Heather Minchew, University of Kansas Medical Center
  5. Shaan Patel, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  6. Urmi Patel, University of Kansas Medical Center
  7. Kelsey Riggs, University of Kansas Medical Center
  8. Andrew Schmidt, University of Kansas Medical Center
  9. Lukas Sprick, University of Kansas Medical Center
  10. Braden Stuart, University of Kansas Medical Center

About Frontiers

Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute (KU CTSI) is part of a nationwide network of CTSI institutions working to speed the research process from scientific discovery to patient care. Frontiers supports the spectrum of translational research, from animal health studies to community-based and population health outcomes research. Frontiers recognizes that diverse teams are essential to improve health, and of utmost importance are the partnerships and collaborations with communities, families and individuals. Frontiers is supported by a five-year, $25 million grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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