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Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) Program

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

The Iowa SUMR Program provides highly motivated undergraduates exposure to the career and training pathway of the physician-scientist. Participants carry out independent research under the direction of an established mentor in a clinical or basic science department. They gain an appreciation for the role of the physician-scientist in asking pertinent medically-related research questions and carrying the results of the work to the patient's bedside.

In addition to the intensive laboratory experience, SUMR Program participants have the opportunity to:

-Gain clinical exposure through shadowing experiences with physician-scientist mentors and Emergency Room personnel (2-4 times during the 8 week period).

-Participate in a weekly seminar series demonstrating how science and medicine intersect. Lectures are typically presented by physician-scientists to show how scientific investigation impacts the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human disease.

-Participate in career development sessions in the areas of medical/graduate school admissions and personal statement writing.

-Interact with current MD/PhD students during weekly informal chat sessions.

-Present research findings at the end of the session.


•$4,150 for the 8-week period

•Lodging in a University housing facility

•Travel allowance for transportation to/from Iowa City

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Iowa (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Genetics & Genomics
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology
STEM Fields

Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biophysics
Molecular Genetics
STEM Education

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

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