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Northwestern Uterine Leiomyoma Research Center Lab Immersion Program

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The Northwestern University Uterine Leiomyoma Research Center Lab Immersion Program provides paid laboratory internship experiences for students interested in conducting uterine leiomyoma (fibroids) research. Uterine fibroids are the most common tumor in women, disproportionately affect African Americans, and cause irregular uterine bleeding and anemia, necessitating more than 200,000 hysterectomies annually in the United States. Interns will work on research projects that seek to understand novel, clinically relevant, and medically targetable mechanisms responsible for the pathogenesis and growth of uterine fibroids in order to reduce associated morbidity.

You do NOT need prior experience or knowledge in this specific research area to be eligible⁠—candidates with some research experience and an interest in gaining new research skills are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due March 18, 2020 for Summer 2020 internships. Internships are full-time in the summer for 8 weeks. No prior laboratory experience is needed. Applicants must be US Citizens or permanent residents to be eligible, and must currently be an undergraduate student or postbaccalaureate student (within two years of graduation). Please see the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about program eligibility, stipends, and application requirements. For inquiries, please contact laura.tom@northwestern.edu.

Applications are due March 18, 2020, for Summer 2020 internships

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Frequently Asked Questions

 General Questions

How do I apply?
Applicants must submit an online application. Application materials include (1) an application form with a 300-word brief essay and submission of two references; and (2) a resume or CV. Applications are due March 18, 2020, for Summer 2020 internships. The review committee will select finalists from the applicants and conduct a two-stage interview process. Applicants who are selected for interviews will receive details about the remainder of the process upon invitation.

What are the program expectations?
Interns are expected to conduct research in scientific laboratories within the Northwestern University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Intern work schedules will be tailored to the needs of the research project(s). Interns working full-time will be expected to participate Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The laboratory research will primarily take place in downtown Chicago. Travel support to and from the program is not provided.

Is this a paid research internship?
Interns will receive a research stipend, based on a $14 hourly wage. Interns must be a US citizen or permanent resident to receive the stipend. Housing, meals, local travel support, and health insurance benefits are not provided.

What is the duration of the internship?
Internships are full-time in the summer for 8 weeks.


Eligibility


Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must:
  • Be an undergraduate student or postbaccalaureate student (within 2 years of graduation).
  • Students in Master’s programs are eligible if they are within 2 years of receiving their bachelor’s degree.
  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident to receive the research stipend.
  • Be able to commute to/from downtown Chicago. Travel support to and from the program is not provided.
You do NOT need prior experience or knowledge in this specific research area to be eligible⁠—candidates with some research experience and an interest in gaining new research skills are encouraged to apply. No prior laboratory research experience is necessary. The program will give preference to students from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (including but not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g., low-income, first-generation college students, from a rural area).

I am a graduate student. Can I apply?
Students in Master’s programs are eligible if they are within 2 years of receiving their bachelor’s degree. PhD candidates are not eligible to apply.

I just graduated. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, if you are within 2 years of receiving your undergraduate degree.

I am not a permanent resident or US Citizen. Can I apply?
If you are an international student, or if you are not a permanent resident or US Citizen, please send an email to Laura.tom@northwestern.edu with additional questions. Please keep in mind that, while we welcome your application to the program, we are unable to provide you with the stipend.

What previous experience is required?
No previous laboratory experience is required.


Application Procedures


How do I apply?
The online application includes submission of the following materials:
  • An application form
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume (include all relevant research experience, publications, poster sessions, conference presentations, speaking engagements, work products, etc.)
  • Two references (at least one must be a faculty member)
  • One brief essay on the following topic: What are the reasons you want to participate in the Northwestern University Uterine Leiomyoma Research Center's Lab Immersion Program? Include a discussion of your strengths and qualifications for the program and how this training experience will fit with your career plans.
Is there a deadline for submission of applications?
Applications are due March 18, 2020, for Summer 2020 internships.

How will I know if you have received my application?
Upon submission, you will see a “Thank you for submitting your application” note. If you have any technical difficulties or do not see this confirmation page, please send an email to Laura.tom@northwestern.edu so that we can confirm receipt of your application.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?
You will be notified by April 15, 2020.

If I am not selected, can I apply again?
Yes, if you were not selected, we definitely encourage you to apply again.

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