The Comprehensive Student Research Training Program (CSRTP) is a 7-week training program that provides unique exposure to basic and clinical research, social/behavioral research, health policy, and research administration to high school and college students.

Every year, trainees work with research mentors across all of the USU research departments. Past students have explored the departments of Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Microbiology, and Immunology. Those students interested in medicine have worked with the departments of Psychiatry, Pathology, the Graduate Student Nursing Program, Preventative Medicine and Biostatistics, and the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

Trainees will have the opportunity to attend or participate in scientific and professional development seminars, field trips, laboratory experiments and observations, and research planning meetings. At the conclusion of the program, students prepare and present abstracts on their work at the annual CSRTP symposium.

Past projects that students have presented include: "Identifying Alzheimer's-Associated proteins as Substrates of a Novel Protein Quality Control Pathway,” "Circulating Peripheral Blood Fibrocyte are Sensitive to Arbovirus Infection,” and “Phosphorylation of the FUS Prion-like Domain following Various Types of Cellular stress."


“The Office of Research supports USU in becoming a nationally recognized research institution that makes significant and positive contributions to military health and readiness, medicine, and the human condition.”

Mark G. Kortepeter, MD, MPH

USU Research Training


USU Research Training



Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 16 years of age by June 1, 2019, and cannot have earned enough college credits to be considered a college senior to participate. Rising high school sophomores to recent high school graduates and college freshmen to rising college seniors are eligible.


Program tate date: June 22, 2020

Program end date: August 7, 2020


All eligible students interested in basic and clinical research are highly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted via To receive regular program updates, please submit the CSTRP interest form.


  • resume
  • letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, or researcher who has observed the applicant in an academic or research setting
  • a one page essay about the applicant’s career goals and research interests (double-spaced, 12-point Arial font)



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