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M1 Students

The first year focuses on the development of a research project and selecting a supervising Northwestern University faculty mentor. Students will submit a thesis proposal, which will be evaluated by a committee of Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) faculty advisers. If required, students will submit IRB or IACUC protocols that must be approved prior to the initiation of their projects. There are also a series of didactic lectures and small-group seminars focusing on research methodologies and scientific ethics. Students are required to perform a minimum of four weeks of research at the end of their M1 year, with the option of receiving a stipend to perform four additional weeks.

Expectations & Important Dates

  • Develop your project and choose your mentor with the assistance of your AOSC faculty adviser
  • Attend the AOSC poster session on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
  • Discuss your project with your AOSC faculty adviser prior to submitting a formal project proposal.
  • Submit a preliminary project proposal on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
  • Submit a formal AOSC project proposal on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021  — view a sample clinical proposal here.
  • Spend four weeks working on the AOSC project in the summer of the first year. You may seek funding for an additional four weeks, for a total of eight weeks.
  • Attend small-group seminars throughout the year.