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Prospective Trainees

The Summer Scholars program is a 10-week research intensive program that includes working under the direct mentorship of one of our many research faculty members, as well as participation in research/educational seminars and presentations on applying to graduate school and career development. The program is designed for students from populations underrepresented in the School of Medicine & Dentistry who are interested in a PhD degree in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences and for students with a potential interest in attending graduate school at the University of Rochester.


  • Undergraduates from US local and national colleges and universities.
  • Undergraduates that are US citizens, permanent resident aliens or students with current F1 Visas from their host institutions in the United States.
  • Matriculated college sophomores or juniors with strong academic backgrounds (applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.00).

We encourage student applications from populations underrepresented in research as defined by the NIH and described below:

  • The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. 
  • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. 
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as: 
    • Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at
    • Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.