5 Paid Summer Science Internships 2017
Deadlines for undergraduate biomedical science summer research internships have mostly passed, but there are a few programs left you can still apply to. These summer research programs are a great way to boost your application for graduate school, network with other students, and gain additional letters of recommendation from professors for future applications. The summer research programs are in diverse fields of biomedical science.
If research opportunities are scant at your own university, these programs provide a leg up for you to gain experience. For those of you looking towards medical school, having some research under your built will definitely strengthen your application. Most importantly, all of the remaining summer internships are paid! Some of them will even provide housing and airfare for their respective programs. Below I will offer links to the pages, deadlines and a brief description of each program’s strengths. Let’s Begin!
The Scripps Research Institute
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (SURF)
Students are expected to work full-time in the laboratory and participate in weekly academic and research seminars. Students receive a stipend of $5,000 and on-campus housing at a nearby university or college.
Weekly seminars include:
- Career Options for PhDs’ seminar
- Life as a Graduate Student’ seminar given by TSRI graduate students
- Lab Techniques’ presentation, where students explain why the technique was chosen, the reagents, the methods, and the expected results. Many of the students also share the pitfalls and/or troubleshooting they encounter in learning and mastering the technique.
- GRE Preparation Classes
- At the end of the summer, students will give an oral presentation of their research at the Summer Student Symposium. The entire TSRI campus will be invited to view the research accomplishments of the SURF students. This will be another great opportunity for the SURF students to hone their public speaking and networking skills.
All application materials must be received before midnight on February 15 (deadline). Students can choose to apply to either the La Jolla campus in California or the Jupiter campus in Florida with one application.
Acceptance into the SURF Program is awarded on a competitive basis to college students who are United States citizens or permanent residents or international students who are enrolled in a US college, with a minimum grade point average of 3.2. International students studying abroad are not eligible. For application and more information, click here.
June 5 – August 11, 2017 (ten weeks)
On the Florida campus, all participants must start and end on the specified dates, while on the California campus, the start and end dates are flexible and can be adjusted based on the participant’s schedule; however, participants must complete ten weeks.
The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Sciences Summer Research Program
Summer interns earn a stipend of $3,500 while working for eight weeks in a research laboratory with a faculty mentor. Interns have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge research skills from faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and current graduate students. Mentor matching is based on the intern’s interests and goals. Deadline: March 15, 2017 for all application materials. The online application can be found here. Pharmaceutical Sciences research includes 3 areas at U of Maryland:
Chemical and Biological Discovery
Researchers are engaged in research at the interface of biology, chemistry, and computational sciences to explore biological mechanisms in the development of novel new technologies and therapeutics.
Researchers are focused on optimizing drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics and therapeutic efficacy of drugs through a combined strategy that integrates experimental and translational therapeutic approaches.
Researchers are engaged in helping students obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, perform, and interpret pharmacometrics analyses with the goal of influencing key drug development, regulatory, and therapeutic decisions.
Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have completed one year of undergraduate work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Preference will be given to undergraduate sophomores and juniors.
Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program
Tufts summer program provides a mentored, 10-week research for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. training upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Trainees receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses within the US, and are provided with on-campus housing. All application materials must be received by the Sackler School by February 15 (deadline). Applications for admission are reviewed after the deadline. Applications can be submitted after the deadline and will be reviewed. But these applications will only be considered for enrollment if additional space is available.
Applicants must have successfully completed at least one year of college and be US citizens or US permanent residents to participate in this summer program. The NIH and the Sackler School encourage underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences to apply. Program research fields include:
- Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology,
- Molecular Microbiology
- Clinical & Translational Science
The BDBS program begins around Memorial Day (May 29) and ends in early August. During the summer program trainees can expect to:
- Attend scientific seminars and workshops on academic and career guidance,
- Participate in organized social activities, and have free time to explore the Boston area.
- Receive guidance in applying to Ph.D. and MD/Ph.D. programs and interact with postbaccalaureate interns, graduate students, and postdoctoral trainees.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
U of Pitt’s program is an intensive 10-week research experience designed to help undergraduates perform outstanding cutting edge research. Students are matched with research mentors, participate in weekly seminars and lab meetings and conduct laboratory research. Housing in a modern University dormitory. All students receive a competitive stipend of $3,500 for the ten-week research program. Additional funding for housing and travel may also be available, so make sure to inquire about additional funds. The SURP early deadline is February 1 and the final deadline is March 1.
You may apply if you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Preference will be given to US citizens and permanent residents who have completed their sophomore or junior year. Individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.
You may choose a faculty scientist from one of the following research areas to collaborate with on your SURP research project:
- Cell Biology
- Cellular and Molecular Pathology
- Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
- Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
- Molecular Pharmacology
- Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Northwestern University Lurie Cancer Center
Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE)
Northwestern University’s CURE summer program is for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. The CURE program accepts 12 college students to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories at Northwestern University’s Lurie Cancer Center. The program last 8 weeks, students receive a stipend of $3,500. In addition to the stipend, travel, and housing is provided to students who do not live in the Chicago area. Application Deadline: March 1, 2017.
June 19 – August 11, 2017
The majority of the time is spent participating in laboratory research, allowing participants to experience directly what it means to be a biomedical researcher. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of scientific investigation.
Students gain an understanding of the basics of cancer biology through seminars presented by faculty members on topics such as:
- cancer genes
- cell cycle proteins
- hematologic malignancies
To qualify students must be classified by the following fall semester as college freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior students. Applicants should be pursuing a major in the sciences, and their transcripts should demonstrate a record of academic achievement (GPA 3.2 or above). Students must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US (with Green card) and members of underserved populations (African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander or Native American).