The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program

The mission of The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program is to train the next generation of neuroscientists focused on developing new treatments and cures for some of the world’s most complex neurological diseases including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program is a prestigious and professional internship where the students are actively involved in the research and are working directly with the Principal Investigator.  Since its inception, The Miami Project has trained more than 500 post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting scholars.  These positions provide an opportunity for exceptional students to work in state-of-the-art research laboratories.  Utilizing their knowledge and laboratory skills, students take on specific functions and projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.  By developing undergraduate and graduate students into the fields of science, research, medicine, and engineering, The Miami Project is increasing the number of scientists and laboratories around the world working to obtain the knowledge to initiate new discoveries and clinical trials.

PROGRAM

The Miami Project’s research environment, strong faculty body, and dedication to training young scientists will enable us to train undergraduate students in the proposed program.  We conduct a 10-week research experience program throughout the year.  Typically, more than 100 students a year apply for a position.  The Miami Project will enroll local undergraduate students each year, with at least 3 URM.  Students are expected to participate in the program Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.  Students will be matched with a Miami Project faculty member and will work on a research project in his/her laboratory.  Additional training will be provided through classroom sessions and journal clubs.

Classroom sessions are 1-hour lectures provided twice weekly.  An asset of the multi-disciplinary faculty of The Miami Project is that we have the expertise to cover a wide range of neuroscience topics.  Students will evaluate each lecturer afterward for feedback to guide future lectures.   Classroom sessions will be taught by a faculty member or by an appointed post-doctoral fellow or senior graduate student from his/her laboratory. Inclusion of post-doctoral fellows and senior graduate students is critical for two reasons: 1) it provides them with crucial teaching experience for their future careers, and 2) it provides the summer students the opportunity to interact with post-doctoral fellows and graduate students outside of their assigned laboratory.

A journal club will be held once every two weeks (1 hour).  Each student will present/discuss a journal article twice during the program in teams of 3-4 students.  A faculty member, post-doctoral fellow, or senior graduate student will facilitate each journal club session and rate the participation of the trainees.

At the end of the 10-week research program, students will be required to write a technical abstract of the research project and results, along with preparation of a research poster and short presentation.  A special “Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Research Day” will be held on the final day of the 10-week program.  Students will deliver a short presentation of their research project, followed by a poster session.  Our faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, and scientific staff will attend this event.


REMOTE PROGRAM DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Instead of cancelling the Student Research Intern Program because of the coronavirus and quarantine restrictions, The Miami Project transformed this program to be conducted remotely for the first time in its history.  This year, 54 college students from across the nation, rather than the normal 12 students living in Miami, were able to participate.

The program was held three times a week via Zoom sessions.  The sessions include lectures by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s faculty experts and discussions with scientists who illuminate the breadth of The Miami Project’s research.  Topics include the neurocognitive effects of concussion, pain in neurotrauma, biomedical engineering, and drug discovery.  There are also career development sessions on such essential skills as writing grants and CVs, making effective presentations, and communicating science.