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Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program

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Program Overview

The Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program (RaMP) is a pre-approved honors experience geared towards first- and second-year UHP students interested in gaining research experience. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows mentor undergraduate UHP students in their research labs. The graduate student and post-doctoral fellow mentors are typically from the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 

Students in this program generally have interest in careers in biomedical research and/or entering PhD, MD, or MD/PhD programs in biomedical fields, though it is not required for participation to major in a STEMM field. 

Placements typically require 8-15 hours in the lab per week (this will vary by lab) in spring semester. Schedules are flexible and to be agreed upon with research mentor. Some students may continue in their labs in the summer immediately following, but this continuation is not guaranteed. 

There is no funding provided by the UHP to students for engagement in this program. 

Program goals

  • To provide first- and second-year undergraduate University Honors students with training and experience in high-level biomedical research. See here for list of recent RaMP students with publications!

  • To enable UCCOM and CCHMC graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to develop mentoring skills.

Students are encouraged to establish a 1-2 year commitment to be trained by the lab and to participate in research under the guidance of the mentor. However, continued placement is not guaranteed. 

Research Project Descriptions  

Spring 2020 research project descriptions are included below. 

The PowerPoint presentation for the fall 2019 Meet and Greet Mentor Presentations is included below as well. This will be updated as we receive updates from the mentors. 

Students at Final Presentations
Students from the 2017 RaMP cohort.

How to Apply

The application and matching process occurs in the fall semester (October/November) and research placements occur in the spring semester (January - April).

The 2019-20 application will open on October 22, 2019, and is due by 11:59pm on November 1, 2019. All University Honors students are eligible to apply; first- and second-year students are especially encouraged to apply.

Students may apply to no more than five projects. A separate application must be submitted for each.

Access the Biomedical RaMP application here. RaMP applications are closed for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Information Sessions

Sessions will be held October 1st from 5:00-6:00pm in Swift 708, October 3rd from 5:00-6:00pm in Swift 708 and October 9th from 4:00-5:00pm in Swift 702F. These are not mandatory, but attending one is strongly encouraged.

Meet and Greet Presentations - Tuesday, October 22 from 3:30-5:30pm in TUC400B

Learn about each research project and meet the research mentors. Student applicants should plan to attend the Meet and GreetResearch mentors will share information on their projects to help you decide which to apply to. 

Application Assistance

Assistance with applications will be available October 16th from 10:30-11:30am in Swift 708, October 25th from 2:00-3:00pm in Swift 708 and October 29th from 2:00-3:00pm in Swift 708. These will be drop-in sessions. You can simply drop-in to ask questions or for assistance.   

Matching and Participation

Students must confirm their commitment to a lab in writing (via email to honors@uc.edu and copying their mentor) in order for a match to be official. This must take place no later than 5pm on November 15.

To fulfill the requirements for a pre-approved honors experience, participating students will be required to attend an Orientation (dates TBD), three professional development seminars (one per month) throughout the spring semester, and a final presentation at the Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase in April 2020.  Students must also showcase the experience in their learning portfolios within a month of completion.

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