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Inaugural WashU Nephrology Summer Intern Research “SOAR” Program Accepting Applications

The newly-established Washington University Kidney O’Brien Center for Chronic Kidney Disease Research is proud to announce it is accepting applications for its immersive summer research program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing nephrology research.

The Summer Opportunities for Achievement in Research (SOAR) program will provide interns with the opportunity to get hands-on experience in basic science research under the guidance of a WashU Nephrology mentor.  The program is under the direction of physician-scientist Monica Chang-Panesso, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine. 

Three interns will be accepted for the 9.5-week program, from May 29 to August 2, 2024.  Paid housing will be provided at “The Village” on the Danforth Campus.  Each intern will receive a $500/week stipend, a $200 Bear Bucks card for essentials in the first week before receiving the 1st paycheck, and a free MetroLink pass.

A research mentor will be assigned after admission.  Interns will be able to attend WashU seminars, including weekly conferences by Jim Skeath, PhD, Professor of Genetics at WashU and Director of the MARC U-Star Program.  At the end of the program, interns will have the opportunity to present their research.

The application deadline is February 15, 2024.

If you are interested in becoming a WashU Soar intern, please email Jean Smith jean_smith@wustl.edu with the following information (please include “SOAR” in the subject line): 

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (why are you interested, what are your career goals, what are your expectations/hopes for the experience)
Monica Chang-Panesso, Director of the SOAR program

Please visit the Washington University Kidney O’Brien Center for Chronic Kidney Disease Research website for more information about how WashU Nephrology is helping make cutting-edge technologies, resources, and training more accessible to the kidney research community. 

The Center, with its four cores, is funded by a five-year $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is part of the network of O’Brien National Resource Centers.  It is under the direction of Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, Joseph Friedman Professor of Renal Diseases in Medicine and Chief of WashU Nephrology.  The leadership team also includes faculty members Leslie Gewin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Jeffrey Miner, PhD, Eduardo and Judith Slatopolsky Endowed Professor of Medicine in Nephrology, and Monica Chang-Panesso, MD.

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