MEDI 8127 Scholarly Activities (Pre-Clerkship Course)

Course Description:

The goal of this summer directed study course is to immerse students in a rich, mentored scholarly research environment, from writing the proposal, via collecting data, to disseminating results. We anticipate that at any given point in time students may enter the Scholarly Activities- Pre-Clerkship course at one of three possible stages in the scholarly process: developing a new project; continuing work on an ongoing project; or completing a project. All other enrollment in this course is contingent on approval from Assistant Dean of Education, Pre-Clerkship and Associate Dean of Clinical and Translation Research, the completed and approved Scholarly Activities Pre-Clerkship Agreement, and meeting of all prerequisite criteria.

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Course Prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of MS1 Pre-Clerkship modules
  • Students must submit their completed application for this course by March 15th to be registered for the summer course.

Course Timeframe:

Applications for MEDI 8127 are due by March 25th prior to the proposed starting summer session
Start Date: First day of Summer Session listed as per the UTRGV SOM Academic Calendar
End Date: Last official day of Summer Session as per the UTRGV SOM Academic Calendar

Course Grading:

This is a Pass/Fail course. In order to pass, each student must have satisfied the below deliverables before the end of the course:

  • Report on your Research Project. This can be either:
    • A minimum 3-Page write-up describing the research project. Ideally, this write-up will include an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion
    • A scientific poster of the project. Poster should be 36” tall and 48” wide.
  • Presentation of your data in the form of a poster, formal presentation, informal presentation (i.e. lab meeting) or seminar presentation.
  • Attendance Verification. You are expected to attend all scheduled activities as agreed with your mentor. The mentor will sign an attestation as part of your final grade.

Course Application Package:

In order to apply for the MEDI 8127 Course, a complete application must be submitted by March 15th. A complete application consists of the following:

  • Student Application Form: Adequate description of the proposed research project, including confirmation that proper training and approvals have already been established
  • Mentor Agreement Form: Approval from a UTRGV Faculty Mentor that the project will be completed under their supervision


Questions about MEDI 8127 and the UTRGV School of Medicine Scholarly Activities should be directed to the co-course directors:

Dr. Kelsey Baker

Dr. Ney Alliey-Rodriguez


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