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There are a number of programs that target students from underrepresented groups for summer research. Some of these programs are listed below.
1. Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) Program
The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program is a free (full tuition, housing and meals) six-week summer medical and dental preparatory program that offers eligible students intensive and personalized preparation. Students also receive a stipend. There are 12 medical schools involved in the program.
2. Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of thirty-one research and teaching academic institutions. These institutions are highly diverse in geographic distribution and range in student population from roughly 1,000 to more than 50,000. The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), principally for underserved and underrepresented students, offers undergraduates the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution.
3. Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
The SROP program was started in 1986 by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) which is a consortium of 12 research universities, including the 11 members of the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago. SROP was initiated to encourage talented undergraduate students to pursue graduate study and subsequently academic careers. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue academic careers by enhancing their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.
4. Health Disparities Research Undergraduate Training Program
The Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine sponsors the Health Disparities Research Undergraduate Training Program (UTP). The mission of the UTP is to inspire students to play an important leadership role in eliminating health disparities through research and education.
5. U of Maryland School of Public Health STAR Program
The University of Maryland School of Public Health has a Summer Training and Research (STAR) Program. This program is designedto provide traditionally under-represented undergraduate students with 2consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
6. Mayo Clinic Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) Program
The mission of the Mayo Clinic Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity is to train and guide students toward careers in biomedical research. The focus of the program is to increase the number of researchers among underrepresented ethnic minorities and to encourage others with a demonstrated interest in studying the medical research questions of these groups. The IMSD Program partners with the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at Mayo is sponsored by the Mayo Graduate School. Between 70-80 undergraduate students from around the US come to Mayo Clinic to do research. Students who enter the SURF program through the IMSD are matched with scientists doing laboratory-based research clearly focused on medical problems.
7. The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS)
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) has an electronic newsletter, which lists summer opportunities for undergraduates. click on
Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarships, Internships and Fellowship
8. MHIRT Minority Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT)
The under-representation of minorities in biomedical and public health research has had considerable impact on minority communities in the United States and developing populations around the world. Health experts maintain that the excess morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases in these communities is partly due to a shortage of trained health professionals who can work with a variety of ethnic groups and in different sociocultural environments. There is a need for additional training and research opportunities which will prepare students to be effective researchers and health practitioners. The Minority Health International Research Training Program was developed to help address this need. MHIRT is funded by The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) and the National Institutes of Health.
9. The Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
The OMHRC of the NIDDK is now accepting applications for the NIDDK/OMHRC Intramural Summer Internship Program. This ten week program is for undergraduate students from under-represented minority populations interested in biomedical research relevant to NIDDK research areas. Students will have an opportunity to work side-by-side with a scientific investigator in one of NIDDK's laboratories located in Bethesda, Maryland or Phoenix, Arizona. NIDDK will provide housing and up to $500 travel expenses in addition to the $2,500 stipend.
10. The RISE program at Rutgers University
The RISE program at Rutgers University has a research program that includes academic/professional enrichment seminars and an opportunity to network with scientists from pharmaceutical and technology industries. There is a stipend, free on-campus housing and travel reimbursement.
11. The University of Arizona has a Minority Health Disparities Undergraduate Summer Research Program
The University of Arizona has a Minority Health Disparities Undergraduate Summer Research Program which is focused on students pursuing a career in research. Students are paired with faculty mentors conducting research in the biomedical sciences.
12. The Genome Sequencing Center (GSC) at Washington University School of Medicine
The Genome Sequencing Center (GSC) at Washington University School of Medicine offers summer research opportunities for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.
13. Center for Disease Control (CDC)
There are several research opportunities with the Centers for Disease Control, specifically Public Health Summer Fellows. Go to the bottom of the page and click on Students Jobs, Internships and Career Development.
14. Minnesota’s Future Doctors
The University of MN is sponsoring a program, Minnesota's Future Doctors, for first-year minority and disadvantaged students from MN who are interested in a career in medicine. The program allows college students to spend three summers working with Minnesota's most brilliant physicians and educators. It is a 6-week program which will be held on the U of MN campus this summer. There is no tuition and participants receive a stipend. Contact Charles Vang (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
The Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) provides exposure to biomedical and/or public health research. It provides experience in research labs and communities.
16. Health Career Connection (HCC)
HCC is dedicated to assisting students to make well informed decisions about healthcare careers and gain practical experience in healthcare organizations. HCC provides paid internships, career resources and networking opportunities to undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. One of their goals is to address the under-representation of people of color in the health professions.
17. Rochester Institute of Technology website
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in NY has a website that includes a subcategory that lists opportunities for minority students. Check it out at people.rit.edu/gtfsbi/Symp/mcoop.htm.
JustGarciaHill is an active online community of minority sciences. It includes information about a number of different areas.
19. The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students
The program is designed to give 25 premedical students insights into the field of medicine including issues that affect the health of traditionally underserved groups.
20. Public Health: Morehouse College
IMHOTEP is an eleven-week internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of undergraduate students in biostatistics, epidemiology and occupational safety and health.
21. The University of Michigan's Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management and Policy (SEP)
The SEP encourages undergraduates to consider health management and policy as an attractive career through which they can address health disparities in communities of color. Students work in hospitals, health departments, health centers, community-based organizations and other health agencies in Southeastern Michigan during the 8-week program (June 9, 2009-August 7, 2009). They also attend seminars on health disparities, visit a variety of health institutions and agencies, meet with leaders in the health field and complete the Princeton Review GRE Preparation Course. Students accepted by the program receive paid housing, a food allowance, and travel expenses to and from Ann Arbor, in addition to a $3000 stipend. Students entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply.