Summer Program IDiabetes and Obesity Research (SPIDOR)

Program Description:

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 as defined by the NIH

* 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

* Exhibit leadership qualities

* Essay and completed application

Program Highlights:

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

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

* Highly competitive research positions in Metabolic Diseases (Diabetes and Obesity) as mentors are members of the USC DORI.

* Structured curriculum in metabolism, physiology, and bio-statistics to increase the ability to successfully compete for acceptance into a doctoral program.

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

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

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

* Pairing with KSOM students that serve as peer mentors.

We intend to do SPIDOR in person next summer but will have a modified version online if needed.

Program Directors: Joyce Richey, PhD and Richard Watanabe, PhD

Program Manager: Christina Ayala, MPH