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Summer Research Immersion Program  

Available to first-year medical students

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine's Summer Research Immersion Program (SRIP) is an eight-week program open to first-year medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth who are in good academic standing.

SRIP provides you the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in basic science, clinical science, public/community health, behavioral health or medical education under the guidance of a research mentor. You’re also offered supplemental seminars on study design, institutional review board (IRB) protocol development, scientific writing and other topics in research. The experience includes an educational stipend once you fulfill program requirements. 

Participants who complete the program receive a $2,500 educational stipend provided by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

SRIP 2024 will run from June 3 – July 26.

Program goals

  • To provide students with an immersive research experience under a mentor’s guidance
  • To enhance students’ knowledge of the scope and types of research relevant to improving health regionally, nationally and globally
  • To offer research opportunities that span the translational continuum, from laboratory-based biomedical studies to clinical and public health research conducted with community partners
  • To engage students in peer learning and networking
  • To grow students’ confidence and skills in oral and written scholarship

How to apply to our Summer Research Immersion Program

Program requirements

Requirements include 35 to 40 hours of effort per week throughout the program, submission of all required paperwork and project documents, attendance at orientation and program seminars, and presentation of research findings at the Summer Research Symposium. If you complete all requirements, you’ll receive a $2,500 educational stipend from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Program eligibility

You must be enrolled at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine at the time of application and program commencement. If you are required to remediate coursework over the summer, you won’t be eligible to participate in SRIP.


Interested in applying? Reach out to or SRIP Director Elizabeth Kuchinski at We’ll hold an informational presentation in October each year. The application cycle begins in December and ends in February. 


SRIP matches medical students interested in research with mentors with active or planned research projects. Projects should undergo review by Geisinger's institutional review board (IRB) before program commencement, and should provide students an opportunity to meaningfully contribute and describe results by the end of the eight-week program. 
Students are expected to dedicate 35 to 40 hours per week to their research projects, on a schedule mutually agreed upon between student and mentor.

Mentorship offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Sharing knowledge/expertise with learners 
  • Helping trainees succeed and become colleagues
  • Developing and enhancing professional networks
  • Extending professional and scholarly contributions

Become a SRIP mentor

If you’re a faculty member interested in participating in SRIP as a research mentor, sign up and add your research project information. Questions? Reach out to or SRIP Director Elizabeth Kuchinski at


SRIP team

Meet the team who administers our Summer Research Immersion Program. Contact us at

Elizabeth Kuchinski, MPH

Instructor of Family Medicine
SRIP Director
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Scranton, PA 18509

Sonia Lobo, PhD, RYT

Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship
Professor of Biochemistry
Summer Research Immersion Program Administrator
Medical Research Honors Program Director
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St., Office 2026 – 2 West
Scranton, PA 18509

Michele Lemoncelli

Program Coordinator, Office of Research and Scholarship
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St., Office 2024 – 2 West
Scranton, PA 18509

Laura Mayeski, MT (ASCP), MHA

Manager of Research Compliance
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St., Office 2100 – 2 West
Scranton, PA 18509

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