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Student Summer Opportunities in Health Science

The Center for Disease Control's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

The Center for Disease Control's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. There are a number of programs at different sites that provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities. Programs run 9-11 weeks.

Qualifications:

  • Eligibility requirements with individual program.

Application Deadline: Vary, but many are end of January

Des Moines University Health P.A.S.S. Program

This is a FREE three week program in June designed to provide students with a high-quality, hands-on experience to learn what it's like to be a student in a health sciences program. Students learn how to apply to graduate programs in health sciences, how to be a competitive applicant, and participate in mock interviews. DMU will cover the full costs of participants' meals, materials and accommodations at Drake West Village. A travel stipend is also included. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to qualified applicants from populations under-represented in medicine and health care, including minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. Students must have a minimum cumulative college grade point average of 3.0.

Application Deadline: Mid-February to beginning of March

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program in New York City for Pre-MD/PhD Students

This program is ideal for students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree . It consists of 10 weeks of independent research at either Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or The Rockefeller University (all in NYC). Students are given the opportunity to present and participate in weekly journal clubs, scrub into surgeries at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of their family (who are flown in for the event), friends and colleagues. Students receive on going mentorship by a "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student), as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership. This program comes with a stipend and covers travel expenses. Gateways alumni are accepted and matriculate in the top MD-PhD Programs in the country!

Qualifications:

  • To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
    • Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only.
    • Underrepresented minority, disabled and/or disadvantaged backgrounds
    • US Citizens/Permanent Residents
    • Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.

Application Deadline: Beginning of February

Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy

This is an eight-week residential program sponsored by the U of M Medical School Office for Health Equity & Inclusion that focuses on preparing participants for the extensive process of applying and gaining admission into medical school. Stipends, housing, and meal plans are provided.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must meet the following requirements:
    • Rising junior, rising senior, senior or a recent graduates
    • Self-identify as educationally, socially, or economically disadvantaged OR demonstrated commitment to serve underserved populations within the U.S.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum science GPA of 3.4
  • In addition, applicants must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
    • Have a valid U.S. social security number
    • Attend an accredited college or university

Application Deadline: End of January

MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Undergraduate Education & Research Program

This program offers education and research training to outstanding undergraduate students, who are planning to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. Students interested in the combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment. The program begins in June every year and includes both clinical and laboratory experiences. Each undergraduate participant will receive a stipend for the 10-week, full-time research experience and accommodations in University Housing can be provided for any student outside of the greater Lansing or East Lansing area.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants should
    • be currently in their junior year;
    • have a GPA of 3.5 or higher;
    • be interested in graduate and medical education in BMS leading to a DO-PhD; and
    • have a minimum of one full semester of research experience.
  • Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents who anticipate graduating with a bachelor's degree in the biological or physical sciences in the academic year following the summer of planned participation.
  • Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: End of March

The Ohio State University College of Medicine "SUCCESS" Program

This program runs for nine weeks and is for students interested in obtaining a MD/PhD upon graduation. The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a fully funded, enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program. While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors; all while working in state of the art research facilities.

Qualifications:

  • Students must be graduating in the 1st or 2nd year following participation in the program, enrolled in a U.S. 4-year undergraduate institution, and be an American citizen or permanent resident.
  • The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

Application Deadline: end of January

The Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

An eight week paid summer program in which selected undergraduate students will conduct laboratory research under the guidance of faculty members. Student recipients of this competitive fellowship receive a stipend for the summer. Students will receive free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants are expected to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework.

Application Deadline: Mid-February

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

This free six-week residential program is implemented at 12 program sites (80 students per site) across the nation. Each program site provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  • Not have previously participated in SMDEP.

Application Deadline: Beginning of March

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Molecular & Integrative Physiology

The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the U of Michigan offers summer undergraduate research fellowships to support undergraduate students that are interested in research in physiology and/or biomedical sciences. Each student will be matched, based on their interests, to a laboratory led by a faculty member. This is a twelve week summer program where students complete hands-on laboratory research is and attend a weekly seminar series with presentations on responsible conduct of research, career advice and couching, and how loss of physiological regulation leads to diseases. There will be a research forum at the end of the summer in which fellows will present their work, as well as opportunities to attend research seminars throughout the summer. A stipend is provided.

Qualifications:

  • Any student who is currently enrolled at any degree granting University or College is invited to apply, with preference given to those students interested in a career in research.

Application Deadline: mid-February

UC Davis Department of Surgery Pre-Medical Surgical Internship & Mentorship Program

The site for the program is the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. This is not a volunteering or shadowing program. This is a mentorship where you will be interacting with multiple physicians in the Department of Surgery. You will be working directly with physicians every step of the way, from seeing patients in the intensive care unit, to pre-operative, post-operative, bedside, trauma bay, operating rooms, clinics, conferences, journal clubs and rounds. Maturity, attentiveness, and being able to follow directions are imperative. This is a fast-paced environment where life and death are on the line every second of the day.

Qualifications:

  • This program is open to ALL pre-medical students regardless of year, academic standing, or academic institution. If you are interested in a career in medicine you are eligible to apply!

Application Deadline: End of March

The University of Michigan Samuel & Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

This fellowship program will provides paid summer research opportunities at the University of Michigan for talented undergraduate students interested in cardiovascular research. This is a highly competitive program drawing students from across the country.

Qualifications:

  • Any student that is currently enrolled in a degree granting college or university is eligible. Applicants should have excellent academic records. Preference will be given to students with strong academic performance in science/math courses and relevant laboratory experience.

Application Deadline: End of January

Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) offers biomedical research opportunities to undergraduates who want to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences. Each participating program operates independently. There are two major tracks within the VSSA; the Basic Science Programs for undergraduates interested in careers in research, and the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program for undergraduates who wish to pursue a career in medicine. Each student has an opportunity to present their research at the Summer Symposium held on the last day of the nine-week program.

Qualifications:

  • Students should have: (1) a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; (2) a strong desire to pursue an advanced degree (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D).
  • Eligibility requirements vary by program. Please see each program's home page to determine the prerequisites.
  • Qualified applicant = a student in good standing earning a Bachelors of Science degree from an US college/university during the dates of the summer research rotation.

Application Deadline: Beginning of February

Michigan Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Academy

This is a ten-week program sponsored by the U of M Medical School Office for Health Equity & Inclusion that is designed for undergraduate students who want to explore biomedical research and health professional career pathways in a stimulating and inclusive environment.  Stipends, housing, and meal plans are provided. Participants will be able to choose between a research or a clinical fellowship experience.

Qualifications:

To be considered for participation in the Michigan Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Academy, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
  • Have a valid U.S. social security number
  • Have completed their first year of college before enrolling in the program
  • Attend an accredited college or university
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0.
  • Be available full-time from the duration of the program.

Application Deadline: End of January

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Institute

The purpose of the program is to prepare students for a PhD program in research. The fellowship lasts 10 weeks starting early June, and ending mid-August. Students are required to work the entire period, and will be paid a stipend over the course of the fellowship. Housing is not provided..

Qualifications:

  • U.S. citizens/permanent residents
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Be going into sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall after fellowship summer

Application Deadline: mid-February