The Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI) Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (SIRI) and Translational Genetics and Genomics (TGG) Summer Student Research Program develops future research leaders in the biomedical sciences through:

The CMI invites undergraduate students at NC State University in their freshman or sophomore year to apply for our competitive Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (SIRI).  Applications open in November each year through the CURiOuS website.

The TGG Summer Program begins each January with an event where the faculty give brief presentations of their projects then the students visit with each faculty team in which they are interested. This “speed dating” event matches genetic students with selected research projects.

Each of these student research positions in both programs provide a unique opportunity to develop valuable research skills through working with multiple CMI faculty on exciting new interdisciplinary research projects.

The students who are selected for these positions will initially enroll in a research course and train in the laboratory in the Spring Semester.  Students will then receive a stipend during the summer for their research work from May – July.  By the end of the summer, they will prepare a research poster and present it at the Undergraduate Research Forum and the CMI Annual Research & Innovation Summit.

The successful Translational Genetics and Genomics Summer Research Program led by Dr. Mackay inspired the expanded Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative, which is headed by Dr. Joshua Pierce.

Check this website for future updates on both programs or contact the SIRI Program Director (Dr. Joshua Pierce, jgpierce@ncsu.edu) or TGG Summer Student Research Program (Dr. Trudy Mackay, mackay@ncsu.edu) for more information on their respective programs.

“I was given the great privilege to work during the summer of 2016 with the Comparative Medicine Institute. Not only did I research alongside amazing mentors and learn various techniques that will aid me in graduate school, but I also had the opportunity to see the clinical side of research, a side most geneticists do not get to see. My experience with the Comparative Medicine Institute cemented in my mind a desire to pursue research and graduate education further.” 

Emma Marx 2016 CMI-TGG Student Participant