The Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI) Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (SIRI) develops future research leaders in the biomedical sciences through:

The CMI invites undergraduate students at NC State University in their freshman and sophomore year who do not already have an existing internship to apply for our competitive Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (SIRI). Applications are now available through November 5, 2021 on the CURiOuS website. 

Each of these student research positions provide a unique opportunity to develop valuable research skills through working with multiple CMI faculty, post doctoral and graduate student mentors 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 during the Spring 2022 semester. Students will then receive payment 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 SIRI program, headed by Dr. Joshua Pierce, was inspired and is an expansion of the Translational Genetics and Genomics (TGG) Summer Student Research Program that was developed by Dr. Trudy Mackay.

To view the 2022 projects, go to the CURiOuS website, and select “Find a Research Position. Filter positions by selecting the category “CMI Spring/Summer Internships” from the drop-down menu on the right. Or search for “CMI SIRI.”

Contact CMI Executive Assistant Sarah O’Connor ( with any questions or for more information.


“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