Summer Intern Program

Student Interns for Research and Scholarly Activities

Note: All dates are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Please see forms below to initiate proposal, project commitment and final report (abstracts).

Questions? Contact Lisa Adams at 

Stipends are provided to SHP Students to work on Research or a Scholarly Activity Project with SHP Faculty Members during the summer.  Examples of Scholarly Activity may include abstract, manuscript preparation, library research, presentation (invited, national regional), book chapter or book review, conference paper or software program as in a survey research.


Project Title (click on project title for more information)

Rebecca Brody, PhD An exploration of data registries for clinical nutrition research
Allison Brown, PhD A normative database of kinematic, kinetic and electromyographic data collected across a variety of tasks in an adult population
Laura Byham-Gray, PhD Mindset and Levels of Engagement in Activity for Survivors of Stage-5 Chronic Kidney Disease on Maintenance Hemodialysis
Jean-Francois Daneault, PhD Using serious games to improve cognitive function, quality of life and mobility in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a pilot study
Judith Deutsch, PhD VCYCLE: Virtual Cycling in Persons with Parkinson Disease
Richard Ferraro, PhD ValidValidation of the mid-thigh pull as a global measure of strength
David Kietrys, PhD Mindfulness Meditation and TENS for HIV-related Neuropathy
Weili Lu, PhD CBT for Improving Educational Outcomes Among College Students
Sheena MacFarlane, PhD Physical Therapy for Patient on ECMO Pre-Lung Transplant: Case Report
Tameika Minor, PhD Training Intervention for Rehabilitation Professionals Working with Individuals with Disabilities Living in Poverty
Dinesh Mital, PhD To Develop a Clinical Decision Support System for the Early Diagnosis and Management of Covid-19
Antonina Mitrofanova, PhD Literature review for the role of mRNA alternative splicing in cancer
Shristi Rawal, PhD Diet Quality and Gestational Weight Gain Among Pregnant Women in Dhulikhel, Nepal
Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, PhD Trauma-informed care (TIC) education at RBHS
Jane Ziegler, DCN Competency-based assessment of Nutrition Focused Physical Examination performance

A stipend of $1,000.00 will be awarded to each student who completes an agreed upon project in a six to eight week period during the summer.

Interns must be SHP graduate students, with preference given to students who are less than half way through their Program. Faculty Researchers must have a terminal degree for the research component, however, this criteria is not required for the Scholarly Activity.  Where required, research must be approved by the proper Institutional Review Board.

Timeline & Forms

  • Official Announcement – March 1, 2021
    • Applications due from Faculty – Project Proposal Form– April 1, 2021
    • Research Proposals posted online – April 6, 2021
    • Announcement for Students to review research proposals – April 7, 2021
      • Students Review Proposals April 7, 2021 – April 23rd
    • Student/Faculty Interview process and final selection – starts April 7th through April 30th
    • Student/Faculty Final Selection due to Office of Research –  May 3, 2021
    • Project Commitment Form due from Faculty – May 7, 2021
    • Notification of funding awards – May 14, 2021
        • Letters sent to students/faculty regarding funding status
        • Students return their W-9 form by Friday, May 21, 2021
    • 1st Half funding Application – July 1, 2021
    • Final Abstract due from Faculty upon project completion, no later than August 31, 2021.
    • 2nd half of funding disbursed upon project completion and receipt of final abstracts

Student Interns for Research and Scholarly Activities

Forms and Applications

1. Procedure for Applying 2021
Please review the procedure outlined to apply to the program.
2. Application for Project Proposal Form
This form initiates the process and submits your project proposal / Scholarly Activity for consideration.  It is reviewed by the OR for completeness.  Once approved, it is posted on the OR website for students to view and contact the project director if interested.  All application project proposals are listed online under “Project Proposals” link on top.
 3. Project Commitment Form
This form creates a record and confirms  commitment with a student interested in doing the project. It outlines the project requirements and support needed to complete the project. It is used to track the status of the project and to initiate the 1st payment to the student. Once completed, it is sent electronically to the OR.
4. Final Abstract Form
This form is sent to confirm completion of project and to notify the OR of project closed out.   It provides the OR with a summary of the project requirements and how they have been met.    This form is required in order to submit the 2nd and final payment to the student and to officially close out the project.

Questions? Contact Lisa Adams at