Summer Opportunities at Graduate and Professional Schools

The following member graduate/professional schools are providing summer opportunities. Please remember to mention your status as a Ventures Scholar. Feel free to email and let us know you are applying for one of these opportunities. In the subject line of the email, write the name of the opportunity and in the body provide us with your first name, last name, institution, major and email address.

East Tennessee State University -Quillen College of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas      

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences   
The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program, an essential aspect of the Training Component of the USU Center for Health Disparities Research and Education (USUCHD), focuses on providing training opportunities for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students who will ultimately contribute to the biomedical sciences and healthcare fields. The USUCHD has partnered with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and publicized our program to other undergraduate institutions serving minority students. Through these relationships we are able to recruit science students to participate in our ten week USUCHD Summer Research Program.


Targeted Population
Biomedical sciences and healthcare fields   

Application Deadline
March 31, 2006 

Contact Information
Cynthia Macri, M.D. Vice President, Recruiment & Diversity
Uniformed Services Univ. of Health Sciences

University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division  
Undergraduate students are invited to apply for paid summer research experience in the Biological Science Division at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to research, students participate in seminars, lab meetings and social activities.


Targeted Population
Interested in Biological and Life Sciences   

Application Deadline
March 1, 2006 - earlier applications will be appreciated, as applications will be reviewed as they are received.   

Contact Information
Melissa Lindberg
Program Coordinator
Biological Sciences Divsion, University of Chicago

UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas   
Are you interested in spending your summer doing research in the field of basic biomedical research? If yes, take a look at two intensive 10 week research programs offered at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

1) The SURF program
Fellowships available in the areas of: Biological Chemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Integrative Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology

2) The QP-SURF program
Fellowships available in the areas of: Biophysics, Computational Biology, Quantitative and Analytical Chemistry

Both programs are designed to provide research training experience for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend ten weeks (beginning June 5, 2006 through August 11, 2006), pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question.

The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences. At the end of the summer, fellows present their research in a poster session.

In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled. Approximately fifty fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are selected by the faculty mentors and assigned to a research project according to each fellow's previous training and research interests. 


Targeted Population
Biomedical research   

Application Deadline
February 6, 2006   

Contact Information
Nancy Street
Associate Dean
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

East Tennessee State University -Quillen College of Medicine
Pre-Health Outreach Programs
We offer various programs for college students interested in pursuing professional and graduate level health degrees.

Science Enrichment
Science Enrichment is designed to provide an introduction to upper-level science courses required for professional/graduate school admission. In addition, students participate in a series of career planning workshops and some clinical observation in local health care facilities. Dates are Sunday, June 4 - Friday, July 14, 2006.

Test Prep
is designed to provide an in-depth and intense level of preparation for
professional/graduate school exams (primarily the MCAT/PCAT/GRE). In
addition, students learn about the professional/graduate school admissions
process. Dates are Thursday, June 1 - Friday, July 21, 2006.

Doctors of Tomorrow
Doctors of Tomorrow is designed to provide an opportunity to gain extensive clinical experience by shadowing physicans and other health care professionals in university and community settings. Dates are Sunday, May 22 - Friday, June 30, 2006.


Students receive a stipend for their participation. The stipend will be $1200 - $1400 based on program length.

Targeted Population:
Students interested in health careers.

Science Enrichment: One year of college chemistry or biology.

Test Prep: All coursework as it would related to the admissions exam or professional school admissions process.

Doctors of Tomorrow: Must have earned a minimum of 60 college credit hours. There is not a MCAT/PCAT requirement-that is a mistake on the website that is in the process of being corrected.

Application Deadline:
March 1, 2006

Contact Information:

Celeste Crowe
phone: 423-439-2034
fax: 423-439-2060



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