Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program – University of Pennsylvania

Paid Summer Internships in Health Services Research

The University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) offers paid summer internships for underrepresented minority undergraduates, or any other undergrads interested in exploring the field of health services research.

LDI is one of the country’s largest health services research centers coordinating the work of more than 200 senior fellows investigating the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered across the U.S.

The LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program pairs students with senior fellows to work on real research projects throughout the three-month duration of the course.  Those mentors are also faculty members at Penn Medicine, The Wharton School, Penn Nursing, Penn Dental and CHildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Designed to provide an immersive experience with the disciplines and culture of the academic health services research community, the program particularly encourages candidates from minority groups that are underrepresented in this field (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) to apply.

A committee of Penn faculty selects each year’s SUMR scholars from the highly competitive applicant pool.

Eligibility

Program participants should have an interest in health care and strong quantitative skills.  Prospective participants do not have to make a commitment in advance to attend graduate school in order to be accepted into the program, but an academic or research career should be something they might consider.

What Do SUMR Scholars Do?

  • Work with Penn faculty mentors on one or two health services research projects of the student’s choice
  • Gain practical advice about graduate school opportunities and assistance with the graduate school application process, including a GRE prep program
  • Attend weekly lunch meetings with Penn faculty to discuss their projects and learn more about the broad range of health services research in which Penn faculty are engaged
  • Present a final presentation on mentored health services research project(s) at the SUMR Research Symposium
  • Attend the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting as a group, all expenses paid
  • Take part in various extracurricular activities/social functions sponsored by the SUMR program

To Apply

Visit the SUMR website at http://ldi.upenn.edu/sumr/application
Deadline February 1

For More Information

Contact the Program Director, Joanne Levy, MBA, at levyj@wharton.upenn.edu

Announcing the Lafayette Frederick Underrepresented Minorities Scholarship

The Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) Committee on Human Diversity is pleased to announce the inaugural offering of this prestigious scholarship named for long-time member, Past President, and John Herr Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dr. Lafayette Frederick.

At this time, the award is intended to support one outstanding undergraduate student to attend the annual ASB meeting, receiving mentoring onsite from a faculty member in a discipline related to the interests of the student, and attending many networking opportunities such as the Plenary Social, the Diversity Luncheon, the Thursday Night Social, and the Friday Night Banquet. This scholarship ($1200) is intended to cover society membership and meeting registration (including the ticketed events mentioned above), as well as travel and lodging.

Download the full announcement here, and contact Dr. Loretta Ovueraye or Dr. Alfredo Leon, Committee Co-Chairs, regarding submissions. Deadline for receipt of applications is 16 February 2018.

If you would like to donate funds in support of this award so that we may be able to expand the number of students supported in future years, please contact me directly.

Amgen Scholars Program

Now approaching its twelfth summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research at ten renowned U.S. host institutions.
Applications for the 2018 U.S. Amgen Scholars Program are now online.  Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 680 colleges and universities to date.
We hope you will pass this information on to your undergraduates before the application close date of February 1, 2018 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via amgenscholars.com.  Additionally, I invite you to circulate the attached items:
Learn more about our program alumni in science and medicine by reading Ten to Watch.

NIH Training Opportunities

The Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) extends a warm greeting and hope that all of you are having a productive fall term. The OITE offers a variety of training opportunities and valuable career development to NIH trainees. We encourage you to explore the program opportunities mentioned below.

Students seeking a comprehensive summer research experience should explore the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). SIP welcomes eligible college, graduate, and professional students to spend eight to ten weeks conducting biomedical research with NIH investigators. SIP includes the following subprograms run by the OITE: The Community College Summer Enrichment Program(CCSEP) for community college students; the College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program (C-SOAR) and the AMGEN Scholars at NIH Program forstudents at four-year universities; the Graduate Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program G-SOARfor grad students. The SIP application is currently open through mid-March. To gain more information about the application process, please view this video.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The UGSP offers up to $20K in scholarship support, paid research training during the summer and after graduation. To determine if you meet the financial need eligibility guidelines, the UGSP encourages all applicants to complete the Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) form and submit it to your financial aid office. Please watch this video for additional application information.

The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) is a biomedical research program that enables eligible recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH. It’s designed to provide recent college graduates with a research experience and valuable career development seminars and workshops. Before preparing your application, please watch this video for instructions. The application is always open and we suggest you submit your application at least six to eight months before graduation.

For graduating undergraduate students who are specifically interested in a postbac experience focused on health disparities, you should consider applying to the NIH Academy. The NIH Academy offers trainees the opportunity to learn about health disparities, enhance their knowledge of gaps in health outcomes, and investigate what is being done to address health disparity issues. The application for the NIH Academy becomes available in May. Another opportunity is the NIH Academy Enrichment Program, this program provides one year of Postbac IRTA funding while participating in the NIH Academy and other career and professional development activities.   **NEW THIS YEAR- The NIH Academy Enrichment Program application will be available starting in late January.

Bridges to the Doctorate

Application for Fall 2018 admission due January 1

The Bridges to the Doctorate (B2D) Program aims to increase representation of individuals traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences at the doctoral level.

  • B2D scholars will complete their MS degree in a laboratory at Towson University and ultimately enroll in a biomedical doctoral program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) or elsewhere.
  • In partnership with UMSOM, B2D scholars will participate in professional development and research skills building activities. Activities include research seminars, workshops, a 4-week rotation in a UMSOM lab, doctoral-level coursework, and GRE test prep.
  • The B2D program provides the educational and financial support to ensure a successful transition to a biomedical Ph.D. program.
  • While enrolled at TU, B2D students are provided a tuition waiver, salary, and funding to travel to research conferences.

Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) Program at the Medical University of SC

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 NIDA-funded Summer Research Fellowship for the Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.  The Summer Research Fellowship is a structured 10-week mentored program that pair trainees with a faculty research mentor and involves weekly didactics and exposure to cutting-edge research in addiction and psychiatry. A stipend of $3,500 is provided.

To apply, click here. For more information, please visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/psychiatry/addiction-sciences/research/DART/dart-summer

Contact Ms. Nicola Thornley, DART Program Coordinator, at nicolat@musc.edu or 843-792-5446 with any questions.

UNC Chapel Hill Summer Science Enrichment Program

Are you or do you know of someone interested in a career in the sciences or pre-health? How about a summer enrichment program at UNC Chapel Hill to boost your resume and graduate school applications (all expenses are paid and a stipend is earned)?  
 
If so, a representative from UNC-CH will be visiting VCU’s campus on Monday, December 4th at noon in the Commons Forum Room to speak with VCU students.  Advisors and faculty, feel free to stop by to get more information to pass along to your students.  
 
Check out the information posted below and RSVP here if you would like to hear firsthand about the program before submitting your application.  
 

Gain the competitive edge with S.E.P.! Held each summer on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, the S.E.P. Program is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program that targets first-generation, underrepresented minority, rural, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into graduate/health professional programs. Additionally, Scholars will receive educational supplies, lodging on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, limited travel expenses (contingent upon funding) and a competitive stipend. During the program, S.E.P. Scholars:

  • Engage in more than 150 hours of classroom instruction in physics, organic chemistry, human physiology and quantitative skills/biostatistics.
  • Attend classes and seminars in reading speed and comprehension, test-taking strategies, essay writing, and interview techniques.
  • Visit local health facilities and network with health care professionals.
  • Shadow a working professional in their health field of interest.

Potential applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Have taken 3 college level credit hours in Math, Biology, and Chemistry
  • Be first-generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged, classify as an underrepresented minority, and/or live in a rural area in NC.
  • Be a rising sophomore or junior.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

The S.E.P. 2018 application cycle is now open.  Visit the “Apply to S.E.P.” page to begin your application today!