Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)

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CCTS Summer Program in Clinical and Translational Research Methods

Each summer, the CCTS Research Education and Careers in Health Program offers a three-day program in Clinical and Translational Research Methods for clinicians interested in incorporating research into their clinical practice or those who are interested in exploring clinical and translational research possibilities.

The course discusses research methods, examines the best approaches to clinical research, outlines the steps required for conducting clinical research, explores online bibliographic citation management software and numerous proprietary databases available through the UIC Health Science Library, and reviews the ethical considerations of clinical research including requisite IRB approval and HIPAA requirements.

The next summer program will be held July 8-10, 2014 (3 days, Tuesday through Thursday).

2013 Program Schedule

2014 Flyer

Register Online. DEADLINE is 6/9/2014 !!

For more information or for registration questions, please contact Susan Lynch at or 312-413-5429.

Summer Program Archives

Listen to and view past CCTS Summer Program presentations. University NETID required.

College of Medicine Urban Health Program - Center for Clinical and Translational Science (COM UHP-CCTS) Summer Research Fellowship for Health Science Graduate and Professional Students, Undergraduates, and High School Scholars

The COM UHP-CCTS Summer Research Fellowship is an 8-week program supporting highly motivated health science graduate and professional students, undergraduates, and high school scholars interested in pursuing research careers aimed at improving health – ranging from the study of animal models of disease, to the development of treatment interventions, to the analysis of policy implications related to prevention and treatment. The primary aim of this program is to train and prepare young scientists to become future leaders in addressing health equity issues through the broad realm of clinical and translational research and community engaged research.

This program provides a unique mentored experience in community engaged research or in translational and clinical approaches to understanding disease, developing effective therapeutic applications, and evaluating health outcomes. Participants will become involved in research that may take many forms, with an emphasis on, for example, molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, clinical interventions, health outcomes, or policy analysis. The program also consists of initial training/certification, an introductory clinical and translational research course, and weekly professional development sessions. The experience culminates with a presentation describing the research experience, what was learned, and how this project fits within the larger context of community engaged and clinical and translational research efforts.


The COM UHP-CCTS Summer Research Fellowship is targeted toward health science graduate and professional students, undergraduates pursuing careers in the health sciences, and rising 11th or 12th grade high school students. Health science graduate and professional students must be in good academic standing. Undergraduates and high school applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.


  1. Acess the online application form to get started.
  2. Create a CV. A curriculum vitae (CV) presents an overview of an individual's studies and professional experiences, as well as of his or her academic merits and other achievements.View a sample CV with tips. A CV must be submitted along with your application.
  3. Submit your completed application. Once you have completed your application in its entirety, please submit it online. All applicants will be informed about acceptance by March 28, 2014.


  1. IF ACCEPTED, search for and identify a research mentor. Review the listing of clinical and translational science researchers at UIC. Click on "Students Start Here" and use the search form at the top of the page to find researchers working in areas you find interesting. You can enter keywords into the search box, such as gene expression, drug development, breast cancer, health disparities, health policy, etc., or you can search by researcher name or by department. Additionally, you may select a specific college you would like results limited to. Use the search functions to find a researcher/project that interests you. If you have trouble identifying possible mentors, please contact Susan Lynch ( or 312/413-5429) for assistance.
  2. Contact researchers using the email webform provided. Under each researcher profile is a link to a webform which you should use to contact the researcher. Follow the link and fill out the form. Clicking "Submit" will generate an email which will be sent to the researcher you are attempting to contact, containing all the information you provided in the form. Be sure to include thoughtful responses to each short answer question (and don't forget to also upload your CV). Research mentors are most interested in learning how an exposure to clinical and translational science or community engaged research through this experience relates to your educational and career objectives, so be specific! For your own records, a copy of the email will be sent to your email address as well.
  3. Wait for responses. Don't get discouraged if a researcher does not write back immediately. Just send your email message again or, better yet, phone or visit the researcher during his or her office hours. If the researcher is interested, he or she will most likely ask for an interview with you. Be prepared to explain why you want to be a research assistant and why you are interested in that person's project. If you are having trouble getting in touch with researchers, please contact Susan Lynch ( or 312/413-5429) for assistance.
  4. Communicate with COM UHP and CCTS program staff.Once you have found a mentor with whom you will work during the summer, please inform Susan Lynch ( or 312/413-5429) You and your mentor will then receive detailed information with expectations and important dates.
  5. Understand expectations and follow through on research/program commitments. Meet with your research mentor and be sure that you clearly understand his or her expectations to avoid any misunderstandings. Complete initial training, research, and final presentation.


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