When boiled down to its essence, research is a quest for knowledge. People who choose to pursue it as a career enjoy the process of learning and discovery. It should come as no surprise the scientists who comprise Marshfield Clinic Research Institute value education and sharing their passion for research with the next generation of knowledge seekers. ​

​The Summer Research Internship Program offers a chance for researchers to mentor undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for science. The program runs late May through early August each year and offers current college students considering a career in research the opportunity for a hands-on, mentored research experience.

“This was a great opportunity to analyze a large dataset and learn about infectious disease epidemiology in a supportive and knowledgeable environment. I appreciated getting the time to dig deeply into research on my particular project," said a past intern. ​

Students work with a research scientist on an independent project and contribute to all aspects of the research process. The summer culminates with an oral presentation of their project results at the annual Research Symposium. This 2020 symposium will be Aug. 6, 2020, in the Froehlke Auditorium in the Laird Building on the Marshfield Medical Center campus.

“It is a valuable, real-world opportunity for students. Their projects are related to ongoing research within Marshfield Clinic Health System and they see the positive impact research can have for patients and their health care needs," said Amit Acharya, Ph.D., Research Institute executive director, “It's this kind of experience that led many of our mentors to become scientists in the first place."

The Research Institute is currently accepting applications for the Summer Research Internship Program. For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.marshfieldresearch.org/srip.