SRTP Committee announces this year's award recipients

The Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) Committee is pleased to announce this year’s award recipients: Hao Li and Patrick Anderson.

Hao Li was awarded The Dr. Glen S. Wither Award for his project “Navigation System for Needle Spine Injection” under the supervision of Dr. Terry Peters. This award is given for outstanding participation in the Program.

Patrick Anderson was awarded The Dr. L. DeWitt Wilcox Award for his project “Defining the in vivo role of kidney injury molecule (KIM-1) in renal ischemia reperfusion injury” under the supervision of Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated initiative, drive, awareness of research and the ability to persevere in completing an SRTP project. This is the highest award given by the SRTP Committee.

The purpose of SRTP is to encourage medical students to pursue their interests in medical research. SRTP enables first- and second-year medical students in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry to work under the supervision of a faculty member on a research project during the summer months, for two years.  

According to Dr. Denise Figlewicz, Vice Dean Research and Innovation, the goal of SRTP, as well as the Schulich Research Opportunities Program (SROP) and the Schulich-UWindsor Opportunities for Research Excellence Program (SWORP), is to enrich undergraduate medical education by providing real-world research experiences that scan the spectrum in possibility from basic sciences through clinical research and outcomes studies.

“Based on both formal student surveys and students' written and verbal feedback, we know that a significant segment of our medical students hope to have opportunities to participate in research,” Dr. Figlewicz said. “Our long-term goal is to increase the capacity of our current programs, as well as to identify additional types of research opportunities, to supplement and enhance the undergraduate medical education.”

For more information on the SRTP, SROP and SWORP programs, visit the Student Research Training Programs page.