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! Up to three students will be selected to 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 $4000 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.

For more information and instructions for applying download the AHSSRP Guidelines and application.  Completed materials should be sent to by 5 pm on Monday, February 17, 2014.

Questions about the AHSSRP can be directed to Liz Jansen (j) or Joan Toohey ()

Summer 2013 participants
        Katherine Cicolello ('14)
        Jiaochen Ke ('14)
        Burt Masem ('15)
        Dinesh Rathakrishnan ('14)