Translational Biomedicine Summer Research Program

As part of the University of Missouri’s NextGen Precision Health Initiative, the School of Medicine has developed a new Translational Biosciences PhD training program. This training program seeks to recruit highly motivated and creative young scientists who are interested in developing innovative solutions to difficult problems in biology and medicine. The purpose of this 9-week, full-time summer research program is to provide undergraduates with an intensive research experience that emphasizes interdisciplinary and translational approaches across the bench-to-bedside continuum.

Students will conduct research full-time, attend a weekly Translational Biomedicine seminar, and have the option of attending an additional weekly professional development seminar.   TBM interns will participate in the larger summer program at Mizzou, including evening seminars, social events, and orientation.  At the end of the summer students will present their research at a poster Forum.

Applicants should be enrolled in undergraduate degree program in a STEM discipline have completed their junior year, and have prior research experience. Preference will be given for students who are interested in pursuing their PhD at the University of Missouri.   Students must be US citizens or permanent residents and must be continuing their undergraduate degree in Fall 2022.  Students from the University of Missouri-Columbia are not eligible.

Participating Departments and Faculty can be found on the following links:


Molecular Microbiology & Immunology/Molecular Pathogenesis & Therapeutics

Medical Pharmacology & Physiology

Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Applicants are encouraged to view the faculty research descriptions and list up to 8 potential mentors of interest.  The program director will make final summer research placements depending on faculty availability to mentor in 2022.

Students will receive a stipend of $4,770 paid in installments.  Cost of transportation to/from Columbia, on-campus housing (double occupancy) and a meal plan will also be provided.

The TBM summer research program is especially interested in recruiting undergraduates who are participants in their home institution’s NIH-funded MARC or RISE programs.  Students should indicate on their application if they are a participant in one of these programs and include a letter of recommendation from their Program Director and contact information.    Stipends, transportation, housing/meals will be adjusted to fall within the NIH guidelines, in coordination with the student’s home institution.  The University of Missouri is home to a number of NIH training programs (ie, MARC, IMSD, PREP, T-32) and we are actively looking to provide undergraduates from other institutions with a summer experience at a research intense institution with wrap-around programming and support.

The deadline to apply is February 20, 2022. Students must complete the application form and provide an unofficial transcript (including Fall 2021 grades); letters of recommendation (two preferred); a resumé; and a personal statement indicating career plans, prior research experience, and research interests. If completed online, documents will be submitted with the online application.

Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail to Questions can be directed to the MU Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail or phone, 573-882-5979.


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