Research Experience in Ethics and Health

Sponsored by The Department of Family Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University & The Campbell Institute of Public Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Program Description: Successful applicants will jointly represent the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the Department of Family Medicine of SUNY Upstate Medical University at the Summer Internship Program External Icon of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Although potential summer interns typically apply directly to the Yale program, the Research Experience in Ethics and Health (REEH) program offers several enhancements of the program:

  1. The REEH program offers a stipend to offset tuition and associated living expenses.
  2. Individuals selected to participate in the REEH program can discuss projects and receive advice on projects they would like to undertake within the Yale internship.
  3. Following completion at Yale, participants may refine their summer research paper for conference presentation or publication under the supervision of faculty members at Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University.
  4. In some circumstances, independent study course credit may also be arranged.

Up to two applicants will be selected for participation. Each participant will receive a $2000 stipend to cover costs associated with summer expenses while at Yale for the 10-week period, and additionally, tuition will be paid directly by the REEH program to Yale for participation in the Summer Internship Program.

Applicants will propose an area of research that they wish to explore during the Bioethics Summer Seminar, and topics should fall within the intersection of ethics and health. Applications proposing to work in any of the following areas are of particular interest:

  • Defining and exploring the connection between citizenship and health
  • The ethics of healthcare reform
  • Distributive Justice and Healthcare
  • "Patient-Centered" Primary Care

Eligibility: Applicants should be

  • late stage undergraduates (3rd or 4th year) or
  • early stage (1st or 2nd year) graduate students, or
  • medical students seeking research experience during the summer between 1st and 2nd year.
  • Students at other stages of their academic careers will be considered as well.

Students from all disciplines and departments will receive equal consideration.

Application Requirements & Instructions:
Paper applications should include Undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a relevant writing sample, and a letter of intent describing the applicant’s motivation to participate in the REEH program, and a proposed area of research to be pursued.

NOTE: Applicants DO NOT need to apply to the Yale program directly. To participate as a REEH fellow, the application materials described above should be sent to either:

Christopher P. Morley, PhD
Department of Family Medicine
S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams St, MIMC Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13210

Elizabeth F Cohen, PhD
Campbell Institute of Public Affairs
306 Eggers Hall
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244

Paper Applications must be received Feb 14th, 2014.

This announcement is also available online at: Research Experience in Ethics and Health External Icon

Applicants are encouraged to discuss topics and areas of interest in advance. Please address all inquiries to Dr. Christopher Morley ( or Dr. Elizabeth F. Cohen (