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Roberto Morales-Silva


The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Rochester is pleased to introduce our Summer Scholars Program. In direct collaboration with Graduate Education and the Office of Medical Student Inclusion and Enrichment Programs (OMSIEP), this is a unique program offered to those undergraduate individuals interested in pursuing combined MD/PhD training.

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry continually strives to diversify student populations and thus to increase the number of  students currently underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences.  The MSTP Summer Scholars program is designed to encourage students from historically underrepresented minority groups in the STEM fields interested in a dual-degree, with a potential interest in the combined MD/PhD Program at the University of Rochester. 

Underrepresented minority groups in STEM are defined by identifying as a member of one more of the following groups:

  • Race and ethnicity (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander)
  • 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

2021 MSTP Summer Scholars Application has now closed. 

MSTP Summer Scholars: Program at a Glance

The MSTP Summer Scholars program is uniquely designed for undergraduate students interested in both the MD and PhD degrees in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences at the University of Rochester. The MSTP Summer Scholars participants work in close collaboration with the Graduate Education Summer Scholars, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship students (SURF), as well as many other research-based programs on our undergraduate and SMD campuses. A small group of trainees are selected from a large national pool of applicants to participate in this 10-week, hands-on experience. Some of the specific aspects of the program are:

  • 10-week independent research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor, current MSTP graduate student, and oversight from the Program Director. You can check out Graduate Education's list of potential Program Mentors here
  • 20-30 hours of clinical shadowing experience with a University of Rochester physician-scientist throughout the 10-week timeframe
  • MCAT preparatory sessions in collaboration with the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) to help you prepare for the exam
  • Attendance at weekly research seminars with the Graduate Education Summer Scholars Program on a wide range of topics such as ethics, graduate school, career issues and more2017 Summer Scholars Poster SessionPe
  • Opportunity to present final research results in poster form at the Graduate Education Summer Scholars Mini-Symposium, as well as to the entire MSTP community (students, faculty and mentors) at the MSTP Annual Retreat
  • Stipend of $6,000 total for the summer
  • Campus housing, transportation and social events with the Graduate Education Summer Scholars and Kearns Center, which give students a chance to form relationships, and to explore Rochester and nearby area attractions
  • Invitation to participate in all MSTP functions, including social events and the annual Retreat

Eligibility and Application Process

Undergraduate students interested in the Summer Scholars Program are eligible to apply if the following guidelines apply:

  • Matriculated college sophomores and juniors from U.S. colleges and universities with strong academic backgrounds
  • US Citizens and permanent residents 
  • GPA of at least 3.0 
  • Interest in pursuing both a medical degree and graduate research
  • Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply

Application Process

  • The MSTP Summer Scholars Program will takes place over a 10-week period, beginning after Memorial Day.
  • Applications open in late October or early November, and are completed online through the Graduate Education online application portal
  • Deadline to submit is February 1st
  • Two letters of recommendation and a copy of your transcript must be included (unofficial is okay)
  • Early applications are encouraged, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
  •  It is suggested to express your interest in the MD/PhD combined degree in your personal statement.

2016 Poster Session Kaylind and Pat White

Other Useful Information and Links

The MSTP Summer Scholars Program is a collaborative effort, facilitated through many different departments. You can find more information about the program through Graduate Education website:


Any questions about the MSTP Summer Scholars Program may be directed to the MSTP Administrator, Alysha Taggart.

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