Summer Research Internship in Medical Sciences

The Office of Research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine coordinates a summer research program for undergraduates enrolled at other institutions. The objective of the program is to recruit underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to the medical school with the goal of improving diversity and inclusion in the clinical medicine workforce.

The program runs for nine weeks (May 29 – July 28, 2018), with travel days being May 28, and July 29. Students selected for the program live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan, covered by the program.

Summer interns also are provided with one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend.

Students will work on their own research project under the guidance of an MU School of Medicine faculty mentor and present their results at a poster forum at the end of the summer.

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Applicants are expected to be pursuing a major in animal sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related fields, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Selection is partially based on the applicant’s potential and motivation for future enrollment in the MU School of Medicine. Preference will be given to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Students graduating prior to December 2016 are not eligible.


The deadline for applying for this program is pending. Students must complete the application and provide academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be accepted; fall 2017 grades should be included); at least one letter of recommendation (two are preferred); a personal statement including career plans, prior research experience (if any), and a statement of research interests; and a resume. Completed application packets should be sent to Debbie Taylor, Dean’s Office, School of Medicine, One Hospital Drive, DC018.00, Columbia, MO 65212; phone number (573) 884-0042, fax 573-884-8408. Questions may be directed to her at or 573-884-0042.