Summer Research Internship in Medical Sciences

To improve diversity in the clinical medicine workforce, the MU School of Medicine summer research internship recruits underrepresented students. In a nine-week program, you’ll work on your own research projects under the guidance of an MU School of Medicine faculty member and present results at a poster forum at the end of the session. You’ll learn how to write abstracts and design posters to prepare for the poster forum.

Education Beyond Research

You’ll also participate in a series of evening workshops and brown-bag lunches to explore research, career preparation and options, and scientific ethics. For weekly specialty discussions, you’ll read articles relevant to the topics and engage with peers and faculty members.
You may take advantage of opportunities to shadow physicians and researchers or experience a patient-based learning (PBL) curriculum where you work through clinical cases with a faculty facilitator. And you’ll get to know your fellow interns and colleagues from the MU science community through social and recreational activities.


To be eligible for the internship program, you should 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 your potential and motivation for future enrollment in the MU School of Medicine. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US. Students who graduate before December 2019 are not eligible.

Additional Benefits

If you’re selected for the program, you’ll live on campus and receive meals. Additional benefits may include:
  • One hour of academic/research credit
  • Travel to and from Columbia, MO
  • A stipend of $3,400

How To Apply

Download and complete the application form and provide these additional items:
  • Unofficial transcript with the most recent grades
  • At least one—two preferred—letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement, including career plans
  • Statement of research interests
  • Your resume
Application deadline: February 22, 2019
Send completed application packets by postal mail to:
Debbie Taylor

Dean’s Office, School of Medicine

One Hospital Drive, DC018.00

Columbia, MO 65212
Or submit by email to:
Debbie Taylor
Questions may be directed to Debbie Taylor at 573-884-0042.