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Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease Scholar Programs


Summer Undergraduate Program for Enrichment in Research (SUPER)

The Institute sponsors a summer research program to provide undergraduate and high school students with research experience. The program is orchestrated by the Institute's Center for Scientific Communication and Outreach. All students that enter the program are tracked for a 10 year period to determine outcome. These experiences are important for the University with respect to visibility, branding, recruitment, and expanding research and development. In parallel, the experiences are important to the applicant with respect to their career development process.

During the past summer, the IMM&ID sponsored one undergraduate student from Pennsylvania State University. The SUPER Scholar selected for 2004 was Sonia Shah. Ms. Shah spent the summer working in the laboratory of Drs. Pooja Jain and Brian Wigdahl in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Ms. Shah worked on defining the extracellular activity of the secreted human T cell leukemia virus (HTLV-I) oncoprotein Tax. Ms. Shah presented an oral summary of her studies prior to her departure from the laboratory and submitted an abstract for presentation at the College of Medicine's Discovery 2004. The SUPER Scholar selected for 2005 was Sneha Shah. Ms. Shah spent the summer working in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Wigdahl in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology constructing HIV-1 molecular clones containing viral molecular markers to determine their impact on viral replication. The SUPER Scholar selected for 2006 was Kristen Sudhop. Ms. Sudhop spent the summer working in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Wigdahl. She performed research in the area of HIV-1 transcriptional regulation with respect to specific viral markers found in the HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR).

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Clinician-Scientist Jump Start Research Program (CS-JSRP)

The Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease will support a research technician(s) and provide supplies for an Assistant Professor Clinician-Scientist to initiate their research career as a faculty member embedded into a research program ongoing within the context of one of the Institute's Research Centers of Excellence (RCEs). It is anticipated that each clinician-scientist will require this support for a period of approximately 5 years.

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MD Scholars Program

The Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease will organize the sponsorship of Medical Student Scholarships to provide supplemental support to medical students for summer research experiences performing research relative to the goals of the Institute.

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Molecular Medicine Endowed Scholarship Program (ESP)

The Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease will organize the sponsorship of Graduate Student Scholarships provided in the name of former departmental chairs and senior faculty that have provided significant leadership to colleges, schools, and other university academic units that have faculty participating in the activities of the Institute. The scholarships will provide supplemental support to graduate students for personal or professional use. Each scholarship will be established with a minimum of $25,000. The goal is to provide recognition to outstanding senior faculty that made contributions to the education and research missions of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahneman University School of Medicine, and Drexel University College of Medicine. The graduate students selected as recipients of these scholarships will carry the designation of the outstanding senior faculty for a two-year interval beginning with the fourth year of graduate training. Students eligible for the scholarship must be performing their PhD dissertation research with a faculty member holding an appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The student must have completed all coursework requirements with an outstanding level of achievement and passed the preliminary and qualifying examinations with a high degree of proficiency. The scholar will be selected by the chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in conjunction with recommendations from the departmental Graduate Program Committee.

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Page S. Morahan Molecular Medicine Scholar in Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Page S. Morahan is a former chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and continues to be a leader at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is an independent consultant in strategic career planning, leadership development, advancement of women, and faculty affairs for higher education and business. She is co-director of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is also co-director of the Foundation for International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institutes for International Medical Educators. She holds professorships at Drexel University College of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University.

She served in leadership positions at the medical school and university level since 1982, including associate provost for faculty affairs and founding director of the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine at MCP Hahnemann University. She previously served as senior associate dean for faculty affairs and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She was the first woman president of the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs. Dr. Morahan has published extensively in scientific research, education and organizational development, as well as developed a website for faculty development resources. Her current research interests include design and evaluation of mentoring and leadership development programs, and methods for advancement of women.

A member of the American Academy of Microbiology, Forum of Executive Women, and Caron Foundation Philadelphia Leadership Council, Dr. Morahan was a fellow with the American Council on Education (ACE), participated in Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Management Development Program, and received certification in several organizational and personnel developmental processes. She served on numerous committees and taskforces of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), National Institutes of Health, and American Society for Microbiology. Her honors include an NIH Research Career Development Award, Lindback Award for teaching excellence, AAMC Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award, and ACE Network of Women Leadership Award.  Dr. Morahan received her BS, magna cum laude, from Agnes Scott College, MA from Hunter College, and PhD in Microbiology from Marquette University.

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Students walking down the hall at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine.