• If you ask UAMS College of Medicine student Savannah Fletcher what she did on her summer vacation, she will tell you she spent it in Los Angeles as a Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation intern, being introduced to research and medical device development. These highly competitive internships are designed for highly motivated rising-sophomore medical students to acquire a basic understanding of research methods as they relate to Vascular and Interventional Radiology. One of only five students selected in 2015, Savannah spent her 8-week internship in at the UCLA Medical Center’s Department of Radiology with Edward W. Lee, MD PhD, MSc, an award-winning young investigator, as her research mentor. Savannah presented her work during the Medical Student Brunch as well as a scientific session at the 2016 SIR Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • The Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant is designed to foster an interest in research by funding a summer research project conducted by a student in an area identified by SIR Foundation as important to the advancement of interventional radiology and patient care.

Grant funding up to $4,000.

This funding mechanism is intended to provide salary support for students conducting summer research projects that test a new idea or help support a new area or direction of research in interventional radiology.

Grants are available to undergraduates and medical students currently enrolled in a MD, DO, or equivalent degree program in medical institutions within the United States and Canada. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada or have permanent resident status therein. Permanent residents must submit documentation of their status.

In addition, the applicant must designate a project advisor who will mentor the student for the duration of the research project

Applicants are to submit their completed application via the online form found at:


Applications are due by close of business day on February 1. The deadline remains whether or not the date falls on a weekend and/or holiday. Applications that are not completed or do not comply with the guidelines, will be withdrawn.

  • During the 2016 Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) Annual Scientific meeting, our former chairman Dr. Ernest J. Ferris was awarded the SIR Gold Medal, the highest honor that can be achieved in the field of interventional radiology. An IR pioneer who is well known nationally and internationally for his dedication to the field of radiology, Dr. Ferris previously received the American Board of Radiology’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and one year later the Radiological Society of North America’s highest honor, the Gold Medal.
  • The medical students at UAMS have an active Interventional Radiology Interest Group which meets monthly.
  • I had the pleasure of participating in IR stroke research with Dr. Culp and Dr. Brown during the summer after my first year of medical school. We tested the effectiveness of Dodecafluoropentane emulsion (DDFPe), a neuroprotective perflurocarbon, on rabbit models mimicking human ischemic stroke scenarios.  In our study, I performed angiography on rabbits, measured and calculated stroke volumes, and wrote several sections of the abstract and manuscript.

In April of my second year, I received the Medical Student Travel Scholarship from the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR).  With that scholarship, I went to the SIR conference in Vancouver where I presented our research to everyone who slowed down to listen.  It was a great opportunity to share DDFPe’s neuroprotective capabilities with Interventional Radiologists from all over the world.  I learned from many physicians at the conference and gained a better sense of the diverse procedures performed within the field.  I’m thankful for being able to be so directly involved with the project, the tutelage I received from my mentors, and the opportunity to present at the SIR conference.  Our manuscript was published in Molecular Neurobiology in August, 2016.

-Kristen Carlson, M3


For further information, contact Lacie Covington at (501) 686-6912 or lfcovington@uams.edu.