Dr. Uzma Samadani’s lab offers an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates pursuing a clinical career path to take part in our competitive volunteer program. Volunteer researchers should have a strong interest in medicine, neuroscience, and biomedical research. Volunteer researchers are unpaid and must commit to at least 8 hours of regularly scheduled work each week. Our lab accepts applications three times annually for fall semester, spring semester, and summer term.
Benefits of Volunteering
The opportunity to write papers and posters
Opportunities for directed research
Hands on clinical experience
Opportunities to attend educational and departmental meetings
The opportunity for the volunteer position to turn into a paid position
Training (at least one weekend day before the start of your volunteer term)
At least 8 hours of regularly scheduled work each week for the duration of the volunteer term. Shifts are Monday through Sunday 8AM-12PM, 12PM-4PM, and 4PM-8PM
Completing a special project during your time as a volunteer
Volunteers are encouraged to attend weekly lab meetings on Mondays at 3PM and weekly journal club meetings on Fridays at 10AM, schedules permitting
All volunteers will be trained in performing neurocognitive assessments, screening, and patient enrollment procedures because this is the overwhelming need of our lab staff. Volunteers will be available to staff to perform these procedures as needed. Volunteers will also have an individualized project for the length of their commitment. Each volunteer will start and complete a special project during their volunteer term. Volunteers will be placed on special projects that suit their individual interests. Areas of focus for special projects may include:
Literature reviews, writing papers, and writing posters
Data analysis, statistics, and programming projects
Other projects that may suit the individual interests of the volunteer
After the initial group training, volunteers will have ongoing opportunities for on-the-job training in the following areas:
Patient screening and recruitment procedures
Data capture systems including Quesgen and Redcap
Data analysis and quality assurance
Please send a current résumé and cover letter describing your interest in the BIRL to Dr. Daniel Rafter, Lab Manager, by July 31, 2018 to be considered for our Fall 2018 volunteer cohort. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview shortly after the application deadline.
Please email Daniel.Rafter@hcmed.org with questions or call 612-873-9007.