Announcing the Summer Program In Diabetes and Obesity Research (SPIDOR)


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SPIDOR is a 10-week NIH/NIDDK funded summer research experience providing outstanding underrepresented students in science and medicine an opportunity to gain meaningful exposure to the exceptional research and clinical programs at the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) of USC. Summer scholars will conduct cutting-edge research in the laboratories of faculty members from the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute (DORI) and will exposed to basic science, translational, and clinical research experiences. The summer session culminates with students presenting their research findings to the KSOM community at large.

Program Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

* Must be an underrepresented student 

* Must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate studies

* Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or greater

Selection will be based on:

* Student’s academic achievements

* Letter of recommendation

* Extracurricular activities

* Exhibited leadership qualities

* Personal statement and application

Program Highlights

* Scholars receive a stipend and are provided with paid University housing.

* Transportation cost (airfare) are paid by the program.

* Didactics in metabolism, physiology, and biostatistics.

* Seminars focusing on reducing health disparities and enhancing cultural competence in health care.

* Opportunities to shadow at affiliated hospitals: Keck, LAC+USC, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

* Career development workshops on: financial aid, GRE/MCAT prep, admission process, test taking skills, organization skills, time management, and career choices.

* Pairing with KSOM students that serve as peer mentors.


Program Directors: Joyce Richey, PhD and Richard Watanabe, PhD
Program Manager: Christina Ayala, MPH