Columbia Medical Center Invites Applications for Summer Program for Underrepresented Students

The Summer Program for Underrepresented Students, a biomedical research program at Columbia University Medical Center, is accepting applications for the 2018 summer session.

The annual internship program is designed to expand the pool of medical and biomedical research applicants from diverse and economically disadvantaged groups whose members have been underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

The SPURS experience is intended to provide meaningful training in biomedical research and enhance students' ability to achieve a career in biomedical research and/or medicine through the pursuit of an advanced degree. Each student is matched with a mentor on the Columbia faculty who specializes in his or her field of interest. In addition to specific training in their research area of interest, students receive in-depth training in biomedical research methodology, including the design and analysis of experiments; critical reading of the scientific literature; presentation of scientific results at laboratory meetings; preparation of posters, abstracts, and manuscripts; and career counseling.

Interns also participate in weekly seminars and workshops, where they have regular opportunities to discuss their research projects. In addition, meetings with staff and mentors provide an informal setting for discussions of varied topics, including opportunities in academia and the nature and rewards of an academic career.

Housing accommodations at Columbia's Morningside Heights campus can be arranged for a fee payable by the program participant. Financial support for housing accommodations is subject to funding availability. No meal plan is provided. A $4,000 stipend is provided for living expenses beyond the cost of housing.

To be eligible, applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average (or better) and be interested in an academic career in biomedical research.

The program will begin accepting applications on December 11, 2017.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the SPURS website.

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