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Summer Undergraduate Research Program Pilot for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Saint Louis University School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the recruitment and retention of students who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM). We have launched the Summer Undergraduate Research Program to support these goals, which align with SLUSOM's mission to excel in education, research, clinical care and community engagement through professional development, collaboration and social justice.

Two students studying a medical sample

About the Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is an eight-week pilot program initiated by the SLUSOM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to our scientific community. Every year, we will select a group of enthusiastic undergraduates who are passionate about science and interested in exploring the possibilities of an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D., program. Interns will participate in interactive workshops and attend SLUSOM seminars and activities as a cohort, where they will have the opportunity to learn and grow together.

Our program participants can anticipate the following outcomes:

  1. Enhanced self-assurance in conducting scientific research, writing and communicating findings;
  2. Expanded knowledge of the research prospects and career pathways offered by an M.D./Ph.D., program;
  3. Networking opportunities with the outstanding SLUSOM faculty, students, and researchers.

Moreover, participants will forge connections with peers who are also embarking on this exciting journey toward higher education in science and medicine. The internships will be conducted in person, with students working on independent research projects on the Saint Louis University School of Medicine campus.

Application and Eligibility information

Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2024

Program Eligibility
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited institution and have completed at least one year of college
  • Minimum GPA of 3.20
  • Completion of medical school prerequisites is preferred, but not required (one year of the following: Math (Calculus and/or Statistics), Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry. Biochemistry and Social/Behavioral Sciences are encouraged.)
Application Requirements

Please submit the following after you have submitted your online application:

  • Application Form (online application). Application opens Jan. 16, 2024.
  • Please answer the following question (500 words minimum, 750 words maximum): Why do you wish to participate in the SLUSOM-ODEI Summer Undergraduate Research Program?
  • Official copy of all college transcripts
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a college/university faculty member or faculty advisor; one must be from an unrelated community member) submitted to:

To be considered, please submit all required documents by the March 15, 2024, deadline to: