Academic Health Sciences Summer Research Program

The Macalester-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Academic Health Sciences Summer Research Program (AHSSRP)

  • Would you like to conduct biomedical research in the laboratory of a physician-scientist at the University of Minnesota this summer?
  • Would you like to be a member of a cohort of outstanding students like yourself who are considering medicine, biomedical research, dentistry, pharmacy or some combination of  these?
  • Would you like the chance to see first hand how a physician-scientist balances a research program with a clinical practice?

Apply to join this program that will train the biomedical scientists of tomorrow! Students will conduct 10-weeks of full-time research in the laboratory of a clinical researcher and have the chance to meet and work with University faculty, graduate students, medical students and other outstanding undergraduates. You will receive a $4500 stipend along with free housing and a meal plan at the University of Minnesota.

The program starts with a 3-day orientation at the U’s scenic Lake Itasca Biological Field Station with 50-60 other undergraduate researchers. Students then return to the Twin Cities campus to begin their research. Over the course of the summer, students will meet weekly for journal club to read primary literature on selected topics in clinical research and have the opportunity to shadow their mentors in a clinical setting. This program will be a component of the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP), so students will also participate in all LSSURP activities including social events, graduate school and medical school information sessions, and the final student research poster session and banquet.

The AHSSRP targets students considering careers in medicine, biomedical research, pharmacy, dentistry, or some combination of these careers. U.S. citizenship is not required for application to this program.


Students must have a cumulative GPA and GPA in science classes of 3.2 or higher and completed at least 3 biology and 3 chemistry classes by the end of spring semester.  Applications need to be received by the Science and Research Office by 5:00 pm on February 16, 2015.

How to Apply

The application consists of

  • A cover letter which should include a discussion of the applicant’s expertise and reason for interest in the position.   Note: If you are interested in regenerative medicine and have talked to Professor Jansen about MNRegenMed funding, please indicate this in your application cover letter to AHSSRP.
  • An official transcript.
  • A resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation,letters should be emailed to the

The cover letter, transcript and resume should be uploaded on the MHRI application moodle site.

In order to upload your application files, you must be enrolled in the MHRI Application Moodle Course.   You can self-enroll in the course by clicking on the link "Enroll me in this course" button which is located in the Settings block below the Navigation block on the right hand side of the page. Once you have enrolled, upload your cover letter, resume, and official transcript.

Questions about the AHSSRP can be directed to  or .

Summer 2014 participants 

  •  Cody Dail '15
  • Andrew Olinger '15
  • Benjamin Tittle '15
  • Hannah Whitis '15