The Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Training (SPORT) is an 8-10 week
research internship for medical students only. The Program offers an intensive summer
research experience and mentorship to successful applicants, as well as a stipend of
approximately $5,400. Housing and transportation are not included. Tentative dates for the
2013 program are Tuesday, May 28 – Friday, August 2, 2013.
The purpose of the SPORT program is to inspire passion toward research in diabetes, obesity
and nutrition by providing a mentored summer research experience for medical students as well
as ongoing career, academic, research and clinical mentoring throughout medical school, with
the ultimate goal of preparing participants for placement in competitive residency training
programs leading to careers as independent physician scientists. Under the mentorship of one
of the SPORT Program faculty, students will select an interesting research question in an
obesity/nutrition-related area, and will work in the laboratory and/or clinical research setting to
learn and perform state-of-the-art research to answer that question.
Students will be required to present a summary of their work in a peer group setting and will
receive a Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory completion of the internship. In addition to
intensive hands-on research experience, students will attend research conferences and
seminars as well as weekly core lectures presented by faculty designed specifically for this
program. The lectures will cover broad topics in diabetes, nutrition and obesity, and related
chronic diseases. Program participants will also have the opportunity to shadow clinical faculty
in both the inpatient and outpatient clinic setting (University of Maryland Center for Diabetes
and Endocrinology, Endocrine Clinic, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, etc.).
The form on the website is to be used by all students who are applying to the Summer Program in
Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Training (SPORT). Please submit a picture (2x2) at the time you
submit this application, and a resume/CV outlining your past education and research or other
The Application consists of four Stages including: Personal Information (Stage I), Academic Information
(Stage II), Recommendations (Stage III), and Short Essays (Stage IV). APPLICATION DEADLINE IS
MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013. The target date for informing applicants regarding their acceptance
into the program is Friday, March 15, 2013.
Deadline #1: 1/14/2013
Materials can be submitted by email as attachments (preferred), by fax, or by post to:
Sara M. Sturgess, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.N.S.
Program Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition
University of Maryland School of Medicine
660 West Redwood Street HH 478
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-5829 ; Fax: 410-706-5828
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