Application Procedures: 2018 Summer Fellowship Program

 

William & Mary undergraduates are invited to apply for Schroeder Center - Brock Institute (SC-BI) Fellowships for the summer of 2018.  Applications are due at noon (12:00 p.m.) on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Background

The SC-BI Summer Fellowship Program supports intensive seven-week summer research projects on health policy and health services research.  Three students from William & Mary and three students from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) will be selected as research fellows for the summer of 2018. All students will have opportunities to interact with one another and with faculty from both campuses. William & Mary students will participate in weekly workshops on Stata and weekly brown bags to share research results. The program allows students to gain valuable experiences with several phases of the research process, from literature review, to data analysis, writing, and presentation of results. The program is sponsored by the Schroeder Center for Health Policy at William & Mary and the Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at EVMS.

Award Basics and Requirements for W&M Fellows

  • Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend and free university housing.
  • Fellows must perform seven weeks of full-time research between June 11 and July 27, 2018. Students may work remotely the first week of the program, but must be in Williamsburg for the remaining weeks.  Given the time commitment required for this fellowship program, we cannot accommodate students who take classes in the second summer school session.  While we do not recommend fellowship students take classes in the first summer school session, we may be able to accommodate those students on a case-by-case basis.  
  • Jennifer Mellor, Director of the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, or another William & Mary faculty member will serve as the Fellow’s mentor over the course of the project.   
  • Fellows’ projects will focus on health policy or health services issues pertaining to the health of the Commonwealth of Virginia or the Hampton Roads community.
  • Fellows will participate in several in-person and/or virtual meetings with all SC-BI Fellows at William & Mary and EVMS. Fellows will complete a paper about their research, findings, and recommendations and will make a formal presentation of their research no later than Friday, July 27, 2018, the end of the fellowship program.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be William & Mary undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be continuing students (i.e., not graduating seniors).
  • Prior coursework in econometrics and prior experience with data analysis and programming languages/packages is recommended, but not required. Applicants should include a description of this in their materials.

Selecting a Research Topic

Once selected for a summer fellowship, applicants will meet with Professor Jennifer Mellor, Director of the Schroeder Center, to identify a research question with implications for health policy or health services research.  A list of research projects completed by prior Fellows is available by clicking here.  Approved research topics will be decided no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.  Students will then work with Professor Mellor to obtain human subjects approval for their project.  Over the summer, Fellows will use hospital discharge data to analyze their research question.  Patient discharge data are routinely used, both at the national and state levels, to analyze important health policy and health services issues. 

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following materials to the Schroeder Center by the deadline:

  • Completed application form –Application form is available here.
  • Personal Statement – In one page, explain what interests you in a summer fellowship in health policy and what you hope to accomplish from the experience. Include a brief description of your experiences with econometrics and using data and programming languages/packages in prior research or class activities.
  • Letter of Recommendation – Please ask a William & Mary faculty member to comment on your ability to work independently and, if applicable, on your prior experience conducting research and using data and programming languages/packages for research or class activities. Your letter of recommendation should be emailed directly to Kelly Metcalf-Meese at klmetcalfmeese@wm.edu. 
  • Banner Transcript – Provide an unofficial, William & Mary Banner transcript, including 2018 spring registration. If you studied abroad or completed other off-campus academic work, please provide those transcripts, too.

Application Deadline

The Schroeder Center will accept applications at any time, but the deadline for submission is noon (12:00 p.m.) on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  All parts of the application materials should be submitted to Kelly Metcalf-Meese in hard copy form (Tyler Hall 431) OR by e-mail (klmetcalfmeese@wm.edu).  Incomplete or late applications may not be considered.

Determination of Awards

Fellowships will be determined by Schroeder Center staff (and possibly others) using the following criteria:

  • Desire to work on health policy research
  • Preparation for rigorous independent research
  • Quality of writing in your personal statement
  • Familiarity with econometrics and the use of data and programming languages/packages

Selected Fellows will be notified by e-mail on/before Tuesday, March 20, 2018. 

For More Information

If you should have general questions about the Schroeder Center - Brock Institute Summer Fellowship Program, please contact Professor Jennifer Mellor, Director of the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, at jmmell@wm.edu.