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Research Centers in Minority Institutions Scholarly Exchange


The UR CTSI collaborates with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Summer Scholars Program to offer research training to students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences. The Summer Scholars program is a 10-week research intensive program that includes working under the direct mentorship of a faculty member and participating in research/educational seminars and presentations on applying to graduate school and career development. 

The UR CTSI welcomes applications from undergraduate students at Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI). These centers are part of the RCMI program, supported by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, which aims to foster the next generation of researchers from underrepresented populations. Students who are interested in pursuing a PhD degree in Translational Biomedical Sciences or Public Health Sciences, and students who aspire a career as a clinician-scientist are particularly encouraged to apply.

Students who apply through our RCMI Scholarly Exchange, will benefit from the programming and educational opportunities organized by the Summer Scholars Program, as well as opportunities to network with UR CTSI-affiliated faculty, staff and trainees, access our educational resources, and attend workshops. Please visit this website for a list of research faculty who lead translational research programs and who serve as mentors for UR CTSI trainees.


Adriana Vazquez, 2022 RCMI Summer Scholar

Meet Adriana Vazquez, a 2022 RCMI Summer Scholar

During the summer of 2022, Adriana Vazquez, an undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, studied prenatal oral health with dental researcher Jin Xiao, D.D.S., Ph.D., via our RCMI Scholarly Exchange program. Through the program, Adriana conducted experiments in the lab, attended a community outreach events, and presented her work at a poster session. Adriana hopes to become a dentist and to pursue a PhD in microbiology.

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  • Undergraduates must be from Research Centers in Minority Institutions.
  • Undergraduates must be US citizens, permanent resident aliens or students with current F1 Visas from their host institutions in the United States.
  • Applicants must be matriculated college sophomores or juniors with strong academic backgrounds (must have a GPA of at least 3.00).


Please visit the Summer Scholars application page for more information about the application process and deadlines.