METEOR Program

Mentored Experience To Expand Opportunities in Research (METEOR) Program


Purpose

To increase the participation and likelihood of successful matriculation of under-represented minority (URM) medical program trainees in clinical and translational research (CTR) through a long-term mentored educational experience.

Recruitment

Rather than conduct a nation-wide recruitment strategy, the CTSI-CN METEOR program focuses on the development of URM students who are committed to be part of the GW community and thus are able to benefit from a mentored experience that continues throughout the duration of their educational experience at GW and hopefully throughout their careers.

The METEOR Program is available as a competitive fellowship opportunity to URM students who have been admitted to GW’s medical program, with the hope that it will serve as an incentive for highly-qualified URM students who are interested in an academic research career to enroll and successfully matriculate.

In subsequent years, recruitment may be expanded to undergraduate students throughout GW’s campus:

  1. GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Advising
  2. Application information regarding the URM Summer Research Program will be sent via email to the approximately 600 pre-med and 300 pre-allied health undergraduates, the Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS) student organization, and chairs of the science departments at GW.
  3. GW Medical School Early Selection Program – Undergraduates at GW and other affiliated universities who are admitted as sophomores to GW Medical School (15 per year).
  4. GW BA/MD or BS/MD program admits from affiliated universities.
  5. GW’s other health professional schools including Health Science Programs, School of Nursing, School of Public Health and Health Services.
  6. School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) – biomedical engineering focus

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Offered admission to GW’s School of Medicine program.
  2. Underrepresented described by the NIH
  • American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds or from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

Application Materials

  • AMCAS universal medical school application
  • Personal statement regarding interest in clinical and translational research, including previous coursework and experience in laboratory and/or research techniques, both quantitative and qualitative

Timeline

  • January - March: Recruitment of applicants through SOM Admission office. As admitted student is identified as qualified, he or she is sent program information and application in Admissions Packet.
  • January 1 - March 15: Review of applications and decisions made of committee
  • May 15: Students must declare intention to join METEOR program

Program Description

Up to four (4) students will be selected each year and will receive a stipend of $2,500 to $4,000 from CTSI-CN funds and a housing stipend Summer 1 and stipend for Summer 2 from GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Summer 1

Participation in a 6-week (40 hours per week) program beginning the first Monday in June. Participants will be required to attend the weekly education series currently offered to high school and college students working in the Children's National CRI. This education series will be augmented by weekly field trips to institutions critical to biomedical research and uniquely situated in the DC area, such as NIH Clinical Center, FDA, meeting with Congressional leaders, etc. , that will be scheduled throughout the duration of the program. Participants will also be able to attend other CTSI-CN activities, such as a Community Advisory Board meeting, departmental/division Grand Rounds, and other lectures of interest.

Academic Year 1

Medical student participants will be expected to enter the Research track to augment their medical school curriculum. All participants will be required to present their work at a research forum at both GW and Children's National Research Day events (spring).

Summer 2

Participants will continue their research during a second 8-week (40 hours per week) program and serve as mentors to the incoming cohort.

Academic Year 4

Participants will complete a 4-6 week elective in their second or fourth year related to their research study. All participants will be required to present their work at a research forum at both GW and Children's National Research Day events (spring) and will be encouraged to present both an abstract and peer-reviewed publication with their mentor.

Ongoing Evaluation

All participants and their mentors are expected to meet on a monthly basis and submit minutes from their meeting to the program directors. Participants and mentors complete evaluation forms regarding their research progress, satisfaction with the program, etc. periodically throughout the duration of the program. Ongoing evaluation after the completion of the program will be conducted with the participants to monitor their career and research progress.

METEOR Cohort 1 (2012)

METEOR Cohort 2 (2013)

METEOR Cohort 3 (2014)

METEOR Cohort 4 (2015)

Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion Grants Program

GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences article, "Match Made in Research"

GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences article on METEOR Student, Yushekia Hill.

METEOR Program Poster (April 2014)

2014 Mentoring The Diverse Trainee Workshop