Wharton Summer Student Research Program Mentors

Program Overview

The Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University is accepting mentor applications from CWRU faculty and Cleveland-area nutrition researchers to the 2022 Michael Wharton Fellowship Undergraduate Summer Research program. The research project can be based on an existing grant or can be a proposal for a pilot funding of a new research project, but it must have a clear plan for the engagement in the project of undergraduate students majoring in Nutrition or Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism at CWRU during a paid summer position. It must be primary research (no literature reviews). If COVID-19 conditions force a suspension of undergraduate research by the SOM or university, the Department retains the right to shift the program to a fall and spring hourly opportunity, which students can opt into or decline their previously offered position.

Mentor Eligibility and Applications

  • Applications from nutrition researchers based at CWRU and in the greater Cleveland community will be considered for a summer 2022 Wharton award.
  • Eligible Wharton mentors will:
    • Have an existing research program that will support meaningful student involvement.
    • Be in the Cleveland area and fully available for the duration of the program.
    • Have funds available to support any expenses beyond the approved budget (documentation required).
  • Interested mentors must submit the Mentor Proposal Form by December 10, 2021 via email to wharton@case.edu. Proposals must include:
    • Abstract
    • Detailed budget
      • Project budget request (excluding student stipend), cannot exceed $2,000 for CWRU Nutrition primary faculty and $1,000 for external mentors.
      • Projects submitted without a clearly explained budget will not be considered.
    • Project timeline
    • Measurable student learning outcomes
    • Mentors who do not have a primary appointment in the CWRU Department of Nutrition must also provide a statement explaining the project’s connection to nutrition.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the Wharton selection committee beginning on December 10, 2021. Funded projects will be announced by December 20, 2021.
    • Preference will be given to faculty with primary appointments in the CWRU Department of Nutrition.
    • Total monies available will vary according to our budget availability but we anticipate funding approximately 6 projects.
  • Mentors may only receive one Wharton project/student per summer as assigned by the Wharton selection committee.