Summer M.D./Ph.D. Programs

Albert Einstein College of Medicine: A one-of-a-kind opportunity to conduct original research in a laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions. The program is designed for undergraduates with a strong background in science who are considering a research career. Undergraduate students considering the SURP program must meet the following criteria: A strong background in the sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, bioengineering or chemical engineering, etc.); Completion of junior year in college. In rare instances, sophomores with strong science and/or research backgrounds may be considered; U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. The online application for Summer 2017 will be available on October 1, 2016 and must be received by February 1, 2017.

Amgen Scholars Program: The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program aimed at increasing research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. At Caltech, we provide students the opportunity to conduct research in biology, chemistry, and bio-technical related fields under the guidance of some of the world’s leading academic scientists. The Amgen Scholars program is open to visiting (non-Caltech) students who meet the following eligibility requirements: sophomores (with at least 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college course work), juniors, or non-graduating seniors; cumulative GPA of at least 3.2/4.0; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. Applications due by February 15.

Boston University Summer Training as Research Scholars Program: STaRS is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduates from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences: African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. Application Opens in October and closes in February.

Drexel University’s College of Medicine: A 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) to undergraduate students wishing to explore biomedical research careers. Drexel University College of Medicine faculty and members of their laboratories guide students through the planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities. Each student is assigned to work in a specific laboratory for the duration of the program, typically on a project unique to the research goals of that laboratory. Applicants must have an interest in pursuing biomedical research (i.e., PhD or MD/PhD) in graduate school and must be in good standing at their respective undergraduate institutions. Sophomores and juniors (as of spring 2016) are given priority, although freshmen may apply. Selection will be based on the student's academic undergraduate record, research experience, letters of recommendation, and statements of research interests and career goals. Early applications are encouraged, as a limited number of fellowships may be awarded prior to the deadline.

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth: The Dartmouth MD-PhD Undergraduate Summer (MPUS) Fellowship Program is a new initiative aimed at exposing undergraduates, especially members of historically underrepresented ethnic minorities in medical science, to the vibrant career pathway of the physician-scientist. During this 10 week fellowship running from mid June until mid August, Fellows will be exposed to basic medical science research by conducting cutting edge research alongside one of our MD-PhD students presently in the PhD portion of their training. Requirements: science GPA at or greater than 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale); prior research experience not required but desirable; sophomore or junior at time of application; hold either US citizenship or permanent resident status. Applications due January 2017.

Harvard Medical School: SHURP is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences. Summer research opportunities will be available in a variety of biological and biomedical sciences. Considerable emphasis is placed on placing students in labs suiting their research interests. To be eligible for SHURP, applicants must be currently-enrolled undergraduates who will not have completed their BA/BS degree by June 2015; are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences; have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory; have taken at least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology, and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (due to requirements of our federal funding). Applications posted November 1 and due by February 1.

Hofstra North Shore Feinstein Institute for Medical Research: The Feinstein Institute Summer Intern program is a competitive mentored program designed to provide high school, college and graduate students with hands-on experience in disease-oriented research and familiarize them with opportunities that exist for careers in medical research. Application open: November 1, 2016 and closed: January 15, 2017.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: A competitive program attracting some of the most accomplished undergraduate students nationwide; most of whom are planning to pursue a PhD or an MD/PhD path after graduating from a current bachelor’s program. SURP provides intensive research training in a cutting-edge biomedical laboratory, giving you an insider’s perspective into academic life. You are invited to apply to Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), if you are an undergraduate student currently in your sophomore or junior year, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. You must have a minimum of three months’ experience in research. We begin accepting application in mid-August for the following year. All applications are due by February 1. 

Loyola University Chicago Medical School: Undergraduate summer research in Loyola's Department of Microbiology & Immunology is designed to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students interested in biomedical research. The program is offered to college students who are interested in biomedical research. Preference is given to students who are currently college sophomores or juniors. Disabled students, minority students and students from smaller liberal arts institutions where comparable research facilities are unavailable are particularly encouraged to apply. Selection of program participants will be based on the completed application, a copy of the student's undergraduate transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation. Applications due by February 1.

Loyola University Chicago Pharmacology: Our program offers 10 weeks of intensive practical laboratory research experience mentored by primary and joint faculty members of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Our research fellowship is designed to provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable biomedical research experience in pharmacology, particularly when research opportunities in their own college or university are limited. Applications for the fellowship award are open to undergraduate students who intend to pursue a career in research. We are seeking motivated students who have finished their sophomore or junior year in college, or those who have recently graduated from college and are exploring research as a career choice. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply. 

Mayo Clinic: A career in biomedical research is not for everyone, but if you love science, always want to know why (not just what), enjoy tough problems that just don't seem to want to be solved, want to contribute to new medical breakthroughs and get a thrill out of discovery… then a career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. scientist might be for you. You can apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program if you are a student currently in your sophomore or junior year at a U.S. college or university, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) and are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. International students who are attending a U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. Applications for summer 2017 will be available in September 2016 and are due by February 1, 2017.

Medical University of South Carolina: The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on cutting edge biomedical research projects. Participants in this 10-week program are to perform at a graduate student level. Students are placed with faculty members to work with faculty on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Applicants should be eager to immerse in research, US citizens or permanent residents, rising Juniors or seniors, have completed at least two full years of college course work, enrolled full time and in good standing in a baccalaureate program at the time of application, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher is preferred. Applications available in November and due by late January. 

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH): Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The Summer Internship Program is for students who are at least sixteen years of age or older, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications available in November.

Northwestern University Lurie Cancer Center: Training the next generation of clinicians and scientists is at the foundation of the Lurie Cancer Center's mission. Our summer research programs give students the opportunity to learn and become active participants in cancer research. The hope is that these new experiences will inspire students to consider health and science-related careers. See website for specific programs and application deadlines.

Ohio State University Medical Center: SUCCESS seeks to identify outstanding students interested in the biomedical sciences with the goal of pursuing graduate education (MD/PhD or PhD). The program seeks to enhance and foster diversity in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences as reflected in culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work, and life experiences. The program especially encourages applications from a) students from groups underrepresented in medicine and the biomedical sciences, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, b) students with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, c) students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and d) others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.​ Summer 2017 Application will be available starting October 1st, 2016.

Penn State Hershey College of Medicine: Penn State College of Medicine offers summer undergraduate research programs for college undergraduate students who are curious about careers in the biomedical sciences. Penn State College of Medicine is committed to equal opportunity and maximizing our diversity, and thus encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, or persons who represent the first generation in their family to attend college. See website for specific programs and application deadlines. 

The Sackler Institute at NYU School of Medicine: The purpose of the program is to give students who may be interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences (PhD, MD or MD/PhD) the opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment at a major research center. The program is designed for mature, well-qualified undergraduates who have completed their sophomore or junior year of college. Qualified applicants should have a competitive GPA and at least 1 full semester of bench laboratory research. Students are selected based on their academic record, research experience, and letters of recommendation from faculty advisors and/or research supervisors. Significant importance will be given to their commitment to a career in biomedical research. This program is open to all U.S. students. Students must commit to participate for the entirety of the summer program. Application for 2017 will open November 1st.

Tufts University Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS): The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program offers a ten week, mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing future PhD or MD/PhD studies. Trainees attend scientific seminars and workshops on academic and career guidance, participate in organized social activities, and have free time to explore the Boston area. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one year of college and be US citizens or US permanent residents to participate in this summer program.  The NIH and the Sackler School encourage applicants from members of groups that are under-represented in the biomedical sciences. The NIH has reported that groups under-represented in biomedical or behavioral research include African-American, Hispanic-American or Latino/a, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander and members of economically disadvantaged families and disabled persons. Applications due February 15.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: The SABR Program is an excellent educational opportunity, with a commitment to fostering its intern's desire for science and research.  Our program is intended for undergraduate students or current graduates who wish to gain more research experience before entering graduate school. The SABR program will introduce its interns to a full-time work schedule, which can be a first-time experience for many. During these 10 weeks, our interns will be exposed to the life of a graduate student, as well as learn to become more independent and self-autonomous.  Along the way, interns will be helped by their mentor, graduate students, other lab staff members, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences' administration. To be eligible for this program we ask that you are an undergraduate who has interest in performing scientific research and attending graduate school. Applications due February 15.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Summer in Biological Sciences (SIBS): The Summer in Biomedical Science (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program will provide the opportunity for young people to be instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant clinical and scientific community. Fifteen sophomore or junior level college undergraduates will be accepted into an 8-week paid summer program to work with faculty members on mentored research projects. US Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply; International Students are not eligible.  The 2017 online application will be available September 1, 2016. Deadline: February 15, 2017.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) Program: PARAdiGM is UAB's NIH/NHLBI-funded summer program for outstanding undergraduates from disadvantaged and underrepresented minority backgrounds who want to explore the potential of a future career as a physician-scientist - becoming a scientific investigator and a practicing physician. Five (5) students who have finished their sophomore or junior year of college will be accepted into the 8-week paid summer program to work with UAB faculty on mentored research projects and participate in clinical experiences. PARAdiGM is particularly interested in students having no local campus access to research experiences or to physician-scientist role models, and students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.  We anticipate that successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 ("B") or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas. The 2017 online application will be available September 1, 2016. Deadline: February 15, 2017.

University of California San Francisco Summer Research Program: Students selected for summer research at UC San Francisco spend up to ten weeks working with UCSF faculty members on research projects. Participants in the program take part in seminars, lectures, and social events, creating a cohesive and supportive community. In order to be eligible for the Summer Research Program at UCSF, students must: be a currently-enrolled undergraduate student; be a US citizen or permanent resident; have a desire to pursue a PhD in one of the disciplines offered by the UCSF Graduate Division in life/health sciences; have completed at least four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate study prior to the beginning of the Summer Program; be able to participate for the entirety of the program. Applications for 2017 will open on November 1, 2016 and close on February 1, 2017. 

University of California San Diego Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): A program designed for motivated undergraduate students who are interested in learning about a career as a Physician-Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.). SURF is designed for students from groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. Application deadline in early February.

University of Cincinnati Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): The SURF Programs are designed for sophomore and junior level students who are US residents.  Students must be able to commit to a 10 week program to do a research internship.  SURF students are matched with an appropriate faculty advisor, based on mutual research interest. The advisor and intern design a specific research project within the context of the research focus of the advisor's laboratory. We typically award fellowships to 150 undergrads each summer to do clinical, translational, or basic biomedical research. See website for specific programs and application deadlines. 

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR): The University of Iowa SUMR Program offers an intensive experience for highly motivated undergraduates interested in future combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist. The program provides the opportunity to conduct hands-on intensive research with scientists at The University of Iowa. Participants carry out independent research conducted under the direction of an established mentor in the biomedical sciences. In addition, the program offers weekly seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, career development seminars, case-based learning sessions and physician-scientist shadowing. Participants gain an appreciation for the role of the physician-scientist in asking pertinent medically related research questions, carrying the results of the work to the patient's bedside. Eligible students must be U.S. 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. The application will open Mid-October and close on January 17, 2017 @ 8am CNT.

University of Michigan SMART Undergrad Summer Program: UM-SMART is designed for undergrads who are potentially interested in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine focused on basic research relevant to human diseases. To be eligible for the UM-SMART Program, an applicant must come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in the sciences OR have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances OR have a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities AND be a current undergraduate, be a US citizen or permanent resident, have completed either an organic chemistry course preferably with lab or a biology course preferably with lab, have completed 150 hours of experience in a research lab (this is in addition to a course with a lab), submit at least two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a research mentor or the instructor of a laboratory course, and maintain a 3.2 grade point average. Application deadline January 2017.

University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs: LSSURP has given students that have been underrepresented in the life sciences the experience and training that enhances their ability to pursue a career in research. This represents a long-standing commitment to increasing the impact and quality of life science research at the University of Minnesota, which is strengthened when there is diversity in our faculty and students. We strongly encourage students whose backgrounds encompass diversity in culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, and economic background to apply for our summer research positions. Applications due in February.

University of Mississippi Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE): The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences has established an internship program for training undergraduate students in the biomedical sciences. Interns are given hands-on experience in a biomedical laboratory and are encouraged to apply to PhD programs. This program is open to students who have excelled in high school or in their undergraduate years in college. Applications due in February.

University of Pennsylvania Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP): The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program is designed to provide an immersive research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical sciences. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend research seminars on current topics, and give scientific presentations to their peers and mentors. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year college for the fall semester after the program ends. We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds; with disabilities; or who attend small colleges. Applications due February 1.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine: SURP provides an intensive 10-week research experience designed to help undergraduates perform outstanding cutting edge research at Pitt. Students are matched with research mentors, participate in weekly seminars and lab meetings and conduct laboratory based research. If you are contemplating graduate school in the biomedical sciences, then SURP can help give you the experience needed to make an informed decision. The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is designed for students seriously considering graduate school or a career in biomedical research. You may apply if you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Preference will be given to US citizens and permanent residents who have completed their sophomore or junior year. Individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.  The SURP early deadline is February 1 and the final deadline is March 1.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at UT Southwestern's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in biomedical research. Fellows spend 10 weeks (beginning in early June and ending mid-August) pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques and plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. SURF introduces students to the kinds of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of answers to current questions in the biological sciences. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate science degree program and have completed their sophomore year. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or possess an F1 visa. Applications due early February.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: 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. Participation in any one of the Summer Science Academy programs is a valuable learning experience that enhances a student's skills and makes him or her more competitive for acceptance to frontline graduate programs. The VSSA was created to recruit undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in basic science or clinical research.  To be eligible, students must be enrolled and in good standing earning a Bachelors of Science degree from an US college/university. See website for specific programs and application deadlines. 

Washington University in St. Louis BioMedRAP: Designed to recruit exceptional students interested in careers in biological and biomedical sciences with an intensive 10-week laboratory experience at one of the top research institutions in the nation. Participants will engage in an independent research project under the mentorship of faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. Students who have had prior research experience and are currently enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate program are encouraged to apply. The BioMedRAP selects participants based on academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to diversity. We seek applicants who have challenged themselves and excelled academically; demonstrate experience overcoming substantial educational, cultural or economic obstacles; are first-generation college students, or can demonstrate a strong interest in bringing diverse people together. Applications for the 2017 Summer Programs will be available on November 1st, 2016.

Washington University in St. Louis Amgen Scholars Program: The Amgen Scholars Program is designed to recruit exceptional students interested in careers in biological and biomedical sciences with an intensive 10-week laboratory experience at one of the top research institutions in the nation. Scholars will engage in an independent research project under the mentorship of faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. Successful applicants are not required to have had prior research experience but are required to be currently enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate program. Applications from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences (African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders) are strongly encouraged to apply. We also encourage students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those who attend small liberal arts colleges to apply. Applications for the 2017 Summer Programs will be available on November 1st, 2016.

Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program: Every year, 15 students embark on a 10 week intensive journey of learning about the challenging and gratifying road of becoming a physician-scientist. Over the summer, students will work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, all located across the street from each other on the Upper East Side of New York City. College freshman and sophomores who are members of underrepresented minority groups or otherwise disadvantaged groups and who are seriously considering pursuing a career as a physician scientist are encouraged to apply.