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

About the Program

Des Moines University’s three week Health P.A.S.S. Program is a great way to prepare for and enhance your application for medical or health professions school.

GRE/MCAT Prep & Interview Prep: Prep for medical/health professions school and gain confidence through presentations, mock interviews, and GRE/MCAT information.

Shadowing: Shadow physicians, physical therapists and physician assistants in the on-campus clinic.Cultural Competency Course & Certificate

Certification: Earn a certificate and conduct research based on a cultural competency course. Research is based on the Diversity Health Series.

Graduate Level Lectures: Learn from graduate-level lectures &presentations in four clinical areas: osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy & physician assistant studies.

Hands-On Experiences: Enjoy hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulations with life-like medical mannequins and lab activities to test your casting, suturing and surgery skills.

Meet with Experts: Receive guidance from student mentors, faculty, admission staff and more.

How to Apply

Enrollment is limited to 10 students. A minimum 3.2 GPA is recommended. For consideration for the 2022 program, you must complete and submit the following:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Respond to the application essay questions.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • Submit parents’ 2021 federal tax returns or most recent returns if identifying as economically disadvantaged.
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from your science or mathematics professor and one from any college/university professor with whom you’ve taken a course.

Return all supporting application materials by February 1st to: Des Moines University – Health P.A.S.S., Office of Admissions, 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Des Moines University covers residence hall accommodations at nearby Drake University, as well as light breakfasts and lunches while on campus. Evening and weekend meals will be the responsibility of the participants.


University of Iowa SHPEP Program

SHPEP Program Information

The University of Iowa Health Sciences Colleges are pleased to offer an enriching six-week experience with Summer Health Professions Education Program at U of I. The Health Sciences Colleges include the Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Public Health. We strongly believe in the value of exposing students from underrepresented backgrounds to the possibility of pursuing health fields and supporting their goals in accomplishing that dream to help improve the health of society at large.

Through in-depth experiences with one of the colleges listed above, scholars in our program will learn about the variety of opportunities available in the healthcare field to help them decide which career they are interested in pursuing. Additionally, the students will have opportunities to improve study techniques, understand and learn how to improve health disparities, and enhance networking skills. Each scholar will have the opportunity to take one basic science course including Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, and Organic Chemistry to help prepare for future enrollment in these courses. Scholars will also learn how to best work in healthcare teams with our Interprofessional Education curriculum. Scholars will work with hands-on materials such as suturing kits, dental molds, and pharmacy compounding kits, depending on their track. There will also be a “switch week” where scholars can engage with other tracks in the program.

Clinical Experience: There will be opportunities to work virtually with an underserved health clinic with the University of Iowa Mobile Clinic.

Eligibility Requirements

All students who meet the Summer Health Professions Education Program eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

  • Must be a high school graduate and currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college.
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Must not have previously participated in the program.
  • Other factors for consideration include that a student:
  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation

Stipend: Two installments of $300.00 disbursed on week 1 and week 3 of the program. Meals will be covered for program scholars.

Application Opens: Nov. 1, 2021

Application Deadline: Feb. 5, 2022 at 10 P.M.

Application Decisions are released: March 15, 2022


University of Nebraska Summer Health Program

About the Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health profession schools.

SHPEP at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) provides scholars with an interest in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop.

Application Information

The application for the SHPEP opens November 1, 2021 and closes February 5, 2022 at 10 p.m.. We encourage you to submit your application early. Applications are accepted through the online application at the national SHPEP program website.

At this time the SHPEP National Program Office has instructed all of its partner sites to prepare for on-site, in-person program delivery for the summer of 2022.

SHPEP at UNMC Program Dates: June 22 - August 2, 2022.


Boston University Summer Training as Research Scholars (STARS) Program

About the Program

STaRS is a dynamic program that is designed to promote more equitable access to graduate education for students historically underrepresented in science and medicine. STaRS provides scholars with the opportunity to participate in research and enhances the skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences.

Each STaRS participant is assigned a faculty mentor and participates in a biomedical research project from a broad range of topics – including heart, lung and blood research. In addition, the STaRS program includes academic enhancement sessions such as article presentations, research skills seminars and workshops, career path discussions and workshops focused on special topics such as oral and written skills, resume and abstract writing, and applying to a PhD program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences. Scholars can also enjoy social and cultural activities in Boston!

The program is grant funded through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH and is run by Boston University’s Graduate Medical Sciences, a recognized leader in graduate education and biomedical research.

STaRS offers motivated and academically talented students a valuable opportunity to confirm a strong interest in doctoral studies and a career in research.


Consistent with the NIH mission, in order to support a diverse scientific workforce the BU STaRs program is particularly interested in the following groups:

  • Racial/Ethnic Minorities (American Indians and Alaska Natives, U.S. Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and African Americans), which have a longstanding history of underrepresentation,
  • Students with disabilities (defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities), and
  • Students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds

Qualified STaRS applicants must have the following:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be a rising junior or rising senior at the start of Summer 2022 and currently enrolled in a degree program, part-time or full-time, leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
  • (*If you are graduating in 2020, please see below.)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have an interest in biological research
  • Have some prior research experience
  • Two letters of recommendation

Submission deadline: February 1, 2022


Cincinnati Children's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

About the Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers undergraduates the chance to explore clinical, translational, and basic science research in laboratories in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The primary goal is to provide students with a foundation for making career choices in the biomedical sciences. Students have the opportunity to work with one of more than 700 faculty members at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, many of whom have active research programs that cover all areas of pediatric medicine, including the study of developmental biology, congenital disorders, genetic diseases, cancer, cardiology, neurology and immunology.

The program is 9 or 10 weeks long, depending on the start date. Students are paid a salary of approximately $4,000 (before taxes). Students start the program on either May 23rd or May 31st, depending on their availability and the approval of their mentor. In addition to hands-on laboratory experience, students participate in various academic and social activities with students from other summer programs at the University of Cincinnati. The SURF Program includes two scientific writing classes, an ethics in research seminar, an introduction to bioinformatics and a career day. At the end of the summer, students present their research in a poster session, and a lecture is presented by a distinguished keynote speaker.

Currently, the 2022 SURF program is being planned as an onsite program according to schedule. Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the ability to have an onsite program may change at any time. Thus, please be aware that depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to shift the 2022 SURF program from onsite to voluntary online programming.

How to Apply

The SURF program is now accepting applications. Currently, the 2022 SURF program is being planned as an onsite program according to schedule. Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic the ability to have an onsite program may change at any time. Thus, please be aware that depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to shift the 2022 SURF program from onsite to voluntary online programming. 

Please note that, along with your personal information, the online application will ask you to provide the following items:

  • Essay questions: Describe your career goals and motivation for wanting to obtain research experience. Be sure to include the area(s) of research interest or the faculty member with whom you would like to work with during the program.
  • Resume: Include a current copy of your resume.
  • References: One letter of recommendation is required.
  • Grade Reports: Will be requested for completion of the online application.

Deadline: February 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST

Update Your Application
If you need to update the information you submitted for your application, you may do so by accessing the application system. You will be required to present the user name and password that was emailed to you when you submitted your application.

Requesting References
You will need to click a button on the application in order to send an email requesting the recommendation. Please check to make sure the email has been sent by exiting the application then logging back in.


John Hopkin's – Medical Internship Summer Program

About the Program

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in biomedical and/or public health research to students from a variety of backgrounds. The program provides research exposure for those interested in potential careers in science, medicine and public health.

Participants gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in research, scientific experimentation and other scholarly investigations under the close guidance of faculty or research mentors. SIP students take part in a range of professional and career development activities, networking events, and research discussions. Students also have the opportunity to present their work in oral or poster format at the conclusion of the program. In addition, SIP students often go on to present their summer research at national conferences throughout the year.

The program runs approximately ten weeks and students receive a minimum stipend of $3,000. Housing is provided at no cost to participants.

This summer internship program requires a full-time commitment. It is not permissible to take academic classes or hold other employment during the internship. Students are required to participate for the full period of the program.

How to Apply

There are multiple divisions of SIP, each providing a unique experience. Applying is free, there is no cost to the applicant.

To apply to a SIP division, you will need:

  • Two letters of recommendation (faculty and/or research mentors preferred)
  • Transcripts for each undergraduate institution attended (transcripts can be unofficial)
  • Current CV or resume
  • Personal Statement*
  • (CSM applicants only) Proof of family income

The 2022 program will take place May 29 - August 6, 2022

Applications for the 2022 program will open November 1, 2021. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on February 1, 2022.



Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

About the Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, offers a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.

Our SURF fellows tell us about the lasting friendships they made during the program and how the experience helped them with their career decision-making process. And because the questions they are studying are at the forefront of modern science, many students earn acknowledgment or co-authorship in articles submitted to professional publications.

In addition to their lab work, they also describe some of their unique experiences:

  • Mentors. The daily experience of learning from Mayo Clinic faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students and others who are farther along their career paths.
  • Real-world research. The excitement of gaining hands-on experience with real-world research projects at a major medical center.
  • Top-notch scientists. The opportunities they had for close collaboration with nationally and internationally recognized scientists.
  • Modern facilities. The chance to learn how to use world-class instrumentation in modern research facilities.
  • Community. Great times living, working and playing with the whole SURF community.

We work hard to bring together a wide variety of talented, motivated students from all ethnic, geographic, educational and economic groups.

Apply to the Program

The 2022 program is scheduled to run from Tuesday, May 31, 2022 through Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by Feb. 1, 2022.

You can apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) if you:

  • Have completed two or three years at a U.S. college or university at the time the SURF program begins
  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

  • International students who are attending a U.S. college or university as full-time students are eligible to apply.


University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has been offered at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 35 years. During that time, SPUR has hosted hundreds of students who have since made significant contributions to science and humanity through their current positions as teachers, instructors, professors, researchers, industry professionals, government leaders and clinicians. SPUR hosts roughly 25-30 participants each summer from across the country who gain valuable research experience, refine critical thinking skills, build upon academic and professional networks and are introduced to various disciplines of science. Participation in SPUR is intended for students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university who intend to pursue scientific-based graduate studies.

All application documentation (online form, letters of recommendation and transcript) must be submitted and/or postmarked by the application deadline. The application deadline for SPUR ‘22 is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Transcripts can be sent electronically via email to


New York University School of Medicine – Summer Undergraduate Research Program

As a member of the summer 2022 class, you join approximately 30 students working in our exciting academic medical environment at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health. When you are accepted into the program, you are matched with a laboratory of interest in your preferred research area. Placement ultimately depends on the availability of mentors and the appropriateness of a lab for a summer intern. We have not yet decided if our Summer Undergraduate Research Program will be held in person or virtually, but we will update here as soon as a decision has been made.

In a typical week, you spend most of your time conducting hands-on research under your research mentor’s direction in his or her lab. You also participate in weekly “Conversations with a Scientist/Physician” lunch sessions, journal clubs, and a series of Wednesday seminars followed by dinner at a local restaurant. There are also optional social activities, such as movie nights, museum tours, plays, concerts, and more.


University of Minnesota Medical School – Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

LSSURP is supported by the University of Minnesota Medical School. The programs begin with a joint orientation weekend, followed by participation in a 10-week research project under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor and numerous special activities focused on professional development as well as social interaction. The summer research experience concludes with a poster symposium and banquet in August.

LSSURP has given students that have been traditionally 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.

Program Dates: June 5th – August 13th, 2022

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 at Midnight


Washington University, St. Louis – Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The BioMedRAP 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. 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 to BioMedRAP.


Sanford Program for Undergrad Research (SPUR)

This dynamic summer program allows you to apply your classroom knowledge by working in a laboratory under the supervision of a principal investigator and interacting with research teams that include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

In addition to obtaining research experience in state-of-the-art facilities, you will attend weekly career and professional development workshops, as well as build your presentation and communication skills through scientific presentations. You will also benefit from the collegial and interactive research environment and enjoy the social community in Sioux Falls, a small city with an abundance of dining, shopping, sporting events and entertainment.

Summer Program Tracks
REU Site in Cellular and Molecular Biology: This National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded opportunity provides research experience in basic cellular and molecular biology. Students perform cutting-edge research in diverse areas, such as signal transduction, intracellular trafficking, cell proliferation and differentiation, organelle function and development.

Pediatric Biomedical Research Program: This National Institutes of Health (NIH) R25-funded opportunity provides research experience in biomedical areas directly and broadly related to pediatric health and disease. Projects range from basic studies of underlying disease mechanisms to translational research aimed at developing novel disease therapies.

Summer Program Details

The SPUR program schedule is 10 weeks from June 6 through August 12, 2022. You must commit to working the entire ten weeks and participate in all program workshops.
You will work under the direct supervision of a Sanford Research mentor as part of the mentor’s research team. 
You will prepare and present a short project proposal at the beginning of the program and a poster describing your research results in a symposium at the conclusion of the program.
You will attend an introductory laboratory methods boot camp and weekly workshops geared toward career preparation and professional development, including topics such as ethics in research, science career opportunities and applying to graduate school.
You will have the opportunity to attend regular research seminars and data clubs.
You will engage in outreach activities to bring science to the local community.
We organize social activities to enable casual interaction with other participants and mentors.
We provide an educational stipend of $5,750 to each student.
You can live free-of-charge on the Augustana University campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Student Eligibility
Any college student majoring in the life sciences or other STEM fields is eligible to apply for the SPUR program. You should be in your freshman, sophomore or junior year at the time of application and should be interested in exploring careers in research and graduate school opportunities.

You are encouraged to apply if you attend an institution that does not have substantial research opportunities or are underrepresented in the biological sciences. This includes underrepresented minorities, first-generation college students, individuals from lower-income backgrounds or rural communities, students with disabilities and veterans or members of the Armed Services.

How to Apply
Please click on the link in the blue box to complete the common application for the SPUR program. In addition to the online application, all applicants must request the following to complete their application:

An official or unofficial transcript from each college the applicant has attended or taken college-level courses.
Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a college professor. Letters of recommendation sent via email must be sent from the author's email.

An application will not be considered complete until the application, letters of recommendation and transcript(s) have been received. Transcripts and letters of recommendation can be emailed or mailed to:

Sanford Research
Attn: Tamara Ledeboer, Route 5031
2301 East 60th Street North
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Program Application: Apply now through January 31st, 2022.

For additional information:

Boyce Thompson Institute


Deadline:  February 4, 2022

For more information:

Project Healthcare - New York City

Project Healthcare - New York City

Project Healthcare is offered in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a member of Project Healthcare students are given the unique opportunity to play an active role in patient care in one of NYU’s active Emergency Departments. Through hands-on experience, in one of New York City’s level 1 Trauma Centers, our volunteers are able to explore a diverse array of interests and are exposed to the reality of a career in medicine. The volunteers learn to function as patient advocates, and are also exposed to numerous aspects of patient care while working closely with the clinical staff. Our 9-week or 10-week intensive summer program is one of the most competitive and attractive programs in the nation offered to collegiate students.

More information and, more specifically, the application for Project Healthcare can be accessed through this link. The application for Project Healthcare 2022 is now open and will officially close on Friday, February 11th at 10:59pm. The application requires the submission of a personal statement, a current CV or resume and two letters of recommendation. 

Project Healthcare