2018-2020 GEMS Research Program & Mentorship
GEMS College and Career Counseling Services worldwide has an incredible research opportunity for GEMS students in grades 10 or 11 / year 11 or 12 with our UniConnect partner in Ajman, UAE – Gulf Medical University (GMU). We want to develop our GEMS high school students into future UAE scientists and medical professionals, to help them develop a passion for research, investigate medical courses and careers before applying to university, and gain applicable, real-world experience with lab and research programs not often offered to students at this age. This rare opportunity is a GEMS exclusive program for any student of any nationality or curriculum currently enrolled in one of our GEMS schools in the UAE. Once accepted, the program is fully funded by GMU and GEMS and will continue through each student’s grade 12 / year 13 studies at their GEMS school.
The program requires a one to two-year commitment from both parents and students to ensure that this high school research mentorship program is completed given classes and lab work scheduled onsite at GMU about twice a month during the school year – starting Feb. 2018 and ending in students’ senior year of high school. The end product and goal of the program is to create a formal research publication with GMU faculty to add to GEMS students’ high school resumes and experience, leading to acceptances in top medical school undergraduate programs after GEMS high school graduation. There are also scholarship opportunities available for undergraduate studies at GMU (https://gmu.ac.ae/), but this initial GEMS-GMU High School Research program is fully funded for each student and teacher participant – thanks to GEMS, GMU and KHDA. Transportation options to and from the GMU campus for students throughout the UAE will be provided as an option but possibly at an additional cost (to be determined before the start of the program).
Applications are due for students by Jan. 20th via email, and mentor GEMS teachers may apply also by Jan. 20th to work with GMU faculty and students. A formal final interview process for students and parents will be hosted at the GMU Ajman campus on Saturday, Jan. 27th, where we will choose the final student participants and teacher mentors from GEMS. The research program and mentorship, with online components via GMU’s Moodle site and integrated into each student’s curriculum and course work at their school, will start on Feb. 3, 2018, with intensive optional summer sessions available for qualified students wanting to continue their research in July and August before the start of the next school year.
For more information, questions, or to apply – please contact Dr. Kierstan Connors at [email protected] via email.