• Technical Grant Opportunity from the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research
  • Technical Grant Opportunity from the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research

    The Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research is pleased to announce it is accepting proposals for Whiteside Technical Grants! 

    This technical grant provides support of a research scientist in the Whiteside Molecular Biology Research Laboratory, room SMED 218, 25% full-time equivalent, plus up to $2,000 in supplies to facilitate meritorious research in the areas of interest to the Institute (i.e., cancer, heart and lung disease).  

    The available research scientist, Cara Skon Hegg, PhD, has specific expertise in Immunology and Microbiology, with a focus on flow cytometry, aseptic tissue, and cell culture, immune phenotyping, in vivo mouse models, infection models, and genomic techniques. Investigators wishing to utilize these unique skills should submit a two-page description of their proposed research including purpose, research design, methods, significance, and estimated supplies budget. 

    Please state the specific role of the Whiteside research scientist, ie. conducting entire experiments, guiding a student, etc. The duration of the project should be included in the proposal, as well as the percent involvement of the scientist (up to 25%). The typical award will be made for a three-month period but may be renewable if additional time is required to complete the project. 

    Deadline for proposals is Friday, July 9th, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Please contact Cara Skon Hegg (726-8890, for further information.


    Submit your proposal by email to:

    Cara Skon Hegg
    Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research
    Office of Research Support
    Smed 218
    1035 University Drive
    Duluth, MN 55812
  • Sixth Annual Medical Student Research Symposium Update
  • Sixth Annual Medical Student Research Symposium Update

    On Tuesday, March 9, Medical School Dean, Dr. Jakub Tolar joined us for our Sixth Annual Student Research Symposium via Zoom to hear medical students present their research and ask follow-up questions. The event was hosted by the Office for Research Support, located at the Medical School’s Duluth Campus. 

    This event highlighted the research efforts of our medical students and their mentors. The symposium started at 1:00 pm with each student giving a short three-minute presentation. After the formal presentations, the participating students hosted breakout rooms via Zoom for questions and further discussions.

    Congratulations to the following students who received research awards from their presentations at the virtual 2021 Medical Student Research Symposium:
    First place: Jesse Brooks | “Quality of Handoffs from Emergency Medical Services to Emergency Medicine Providers”
    - Mentor: Dr. Peter Nalin, Medical School, Duluth Campus
    Second place: Sam Olson | “Future Application of Wastewater-Based Epidemiology with SARS-CoV-2” 
    - Mentor: Dr. Rich Melvin, Medical School, Duluth Campus
    Third place: Samuel Miller | “Delayed Small Bowel Perforation after Blunt Traumatic Injury” 
    - Mentor: Dr. Kristin Colling, Essentia Health

    This year, the Medical Student Summer Research Program has 28 medical students participating with 19 mentors at seven different sites. It is the largest number of students to participate since the program started! 

    Thank you to all of our students and research mentors. A special thanks to Dean Dr. Paula M. Termuhlen, and St. Luke’s Hospital for providing students with financial support to participate in research as well as to the University of Minnesota Foundation and the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health for sponsoring student awards.

    Zoom screenshots of Dean Tolar addressing the large group of virtual med student participants


Proposal Development Assistance

The Whiteside Institute recognizes that health care professionals may have ideas for research projects but have not formally developed these ideas into a grant proposal. Members of the Whiteside Scientific Committee are available to discuss ideas and provide guidance in proposal development.

Please contact Lynsie Radovich, PhD ( for further information.