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umms summer fellows image2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience. The program consists of “hands-on” laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and UMMS Provost’s Office.


The program is designed to provide participants in-depth exposure to actual biomedical research. Participants will develop career-building connections with faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and peers. The program encourages participants to consider biomedical research as a viable career choice. Over 33% of former participants have subsequently pursued MD, PhD or MD/PhD training.

Why should I apply?

• Immersive experience performing cutting edge research in a broad range of topic areas including Cancer Biology, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, and Bioinformatics.

• Summer Research Fellows receive a stipend of $4000. Stipends are paid to participants in three payments over the ten-week program.

• Travel and housing are paid for and arranged by the program.

• Participants engage in networking sessions with UMMS leaders, faculty and trainees.

• Participants prepare and present a professional research poster. Poster may be subsequently presented at national scientific conferences.