Our Program

This program is open to students from the University of Pennsylvania as well as outside of the university, and the curriculum is designed specifically for undergraduate students with an interest in biomedical research, with the eventual goal of MD, PhD, or MD-PhD degrees. Applications from women and members of underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.

During the program, students attend weekly seminars on introductory topics in biomedical research. At the end of the course, all participants present their research to members of the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases in a focused seminar and receive a certificate recognizing their completion of the program. The research program is thus individualized to each student and each laboratory. Research interests of program faculty are available at http://www.med.upenn.edu/molecular/investigators.shtml

Seminar and research experiences are supplemented by social events and activities, including an end-of-summer dinner featuring all students and mentors. Thus, students develop strong and lasting relationships with their fellow students, with members of the research laboratories, and with their mentors. Students receive a competitive stipend for their participation in the 10-week program, and on-campus housing is available.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for common inquiries about the Undergraduate Student Scholars Program.

Please click here for information on past participants.

The Application for USSP 2019 is now open

Undergraduate Student Scholars Program
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Gastroenterology Business Office
9th Floor Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6064

Email: ussp@mail.med.upenn.edu

Applications for summer of 2019 are now open. The deadline for all application materials is January 15, 2019 at 5:00pm. Students accepted into the program must be eligible to work in the United States. While prior research experience is typical of accepted students, it is not required for acceptance. Mean GPA of accepted students is generally greater than 3.5. This year's program will run from June 11, 2019 to August 17, 2019.

The Undergraduate Student Scholars Program is supported by NIH grant R25-DK066028.

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