Sarah Morrison Student Research Award

How to Apply

UMKC School of Medicine (SOM) students, except year 1, are eligible to submit applications that are available through the Office of Research Administration at the Medical School.  Please note year 2 students must have prior approval from the Student Research Committee, in accordance with SOM Research Policy – years 1 & 2 Students

The deadline is November 15 at noon.
If November 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application deadline shall be the next University business day at noon.

All requirements and regulations of the UMKC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee(IACUC) for research involving animals and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for projects involving human subjects must be adhered. The student’s mentor and student are responsible for compliance with these committees’ policies and university and/or affiliate hospital research policies.

Criteria considered will include:

  • Quality of proposed research proposal and outcomes
  • Completion of all application materials
  • Detailed project budget
  • Scholastic achievement, including academic transcripts

Materials required include:

  1. Application form
  2. Reference form from two (2) university faculty; one of the references should be submitted by your UMKC School of Medicine faculty mentor
  3. Project protocol – Click here for protocol sample
  4. Project Budget (see sample Budget)
    1. The current award amount maximum is $3,000 per Sarah Morrison Student Research Award.
      Proposed budgets shall detail specific itemized costs directly associated with the project. All expenses must comply with current University spending requirements. Some expenses, such as expenditures at other institutions, will require University contractual agreements.
    2. Travel costs for academic/technical enrichment or Publication Costs. A minimum of $500 of the Budget must be allocated for travel costs to present your project at a national meeting or to offset publication costs. Travel costs may be as simple as conference registration only. If including publication costs in the Budget Proposal:
      • the student must be a listed author,
      • UMKC affiliation must be recognized on the author affiliation, and
      • the UMKC Sarah Morrison Award should be recognized in the acknowledgments.

      More than $500 my be budgeted for travel or publication costs. If no travel or publication costs are allocated on the proposed budget, the award may be issued by the School of Medicine for $2,500.

    3. Research at CMH. If conducting research at the Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and there will be project expenses incurred at CMH such as CMH laboratory procedures, radiology procedures, or other potential patient (research participant) expenses or other CMH costs,  contact Courtney Drerup-Dixon in the CMH Research and Grants Administration at 816-302-0330 or for assistance with setting up your project budget to include the correct CMH charges. This needs to be completed by the student and mentor before submission of the Sarah Morrison Student Research Award proposal.
  5. Current academic transcript  (Pathway transcript accepted) – Click here for instructions on how to access your unofficial transcript
  6. Resume/CV

Send Application Materials to:

Office of Research Administration, Rm M4-308
UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Application Form

Reference Form 

Progress Report