Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program in Biological
and Biomedical Sciences
The University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center invites
applications for a limited number of summer research internships
from highly qualified and motivated undergraduate
students who have completed at least their sophomore year and
have an interest in obtaining a Ph.D. in the biological and
biomedical sciences. Students will have the opportunity to
participate in research activities of a laboratory at the
Graduate School under the direction of a faculty member. The
purpose of the program is to provide a research experience and
the opportunity to learn about ongoing research programs at the
University of Connecticut Health Center.
*Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing an
M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. should apply to the School of
Medicine College Fellowship Program:
Applicants who are U.S. citizens/Permanent
international students who have an F-1 student visa
and are currently
undergraduates studying in a college or university in the United
States (as long as they obtain “curricular
practical training" from their current U.S. college or
university) are eligible to apply.
International students on any other visa type are
not eligible for the program.
Applicants be at least sophomres by the start of the program
and should have completed some college coursework in
biology and chemistry (preferably through organic chemistry).
Previous laboratory experience is desirable. Students who will
have graduated by the time the program begins are not eligible.
submit an application with an essay, transcript, standardized
test scores, and two letters of recommendation (see details
Students who have previously participated in the program are
not eligible to reapply.
The applicants will be selected for admission by the program
director who is a faculty member. The program director will
review each application and may consult with faculty members
chosen by the applicants in order to secure their lab selection.
The selected students cannot be assured that they will be
assigned to the laboratories of their first choice, but every
attempt will be made to match their specific interests. Upon
selection or at the start of the program, the student will meet
with the faculty sponsor and develop a research protocol.
It is expected that each student will work in a research
project either independently or in collaboration with other
members of the laboratory and will become actively involved in
the laboratory program. There will be opportunities for the
trainees to interact with the faculty member directing the
research, as well as graduate students and post doctoral fellows
working in the same and other laboratories. The student will
commit approximately 35 hours per week for their project for 10
weeks and attend weekly seminars given by faculty members.
During the last week of the program, students will be required
to present their work to the other participants and their
The program typically begins the Tuesday
after Memorial Day and runs through the beginning of August. For 2014, the program
ran May 27-August 1.
Each student participant will be paid a salary of $3,500.
Students will be responsible for travel, meals, housing and
other incidental expenses related to participating in the
Securing housing for the duration of the program is the
responsibility of the applicant. Information on locating
off-campus housing is provided.
The University of Connecticut Health Center houses a division
of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, the School of
Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine. Located in
Farmington, just seven miles west of Hartford and midway between
Boston and New York, the Health Center is built atop a hill with
panoramic views of rural hills and the skyscrapers of Hartford.
The school, set in a quiet suburban area, has all of its outdoor
recreational opportunities and vestiges of small-town life, yet
with the excitement of a city less than 10 minutes away.
How to Apply
Interested students must submit:
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Copies of standardized test scores (GRE, SAT, or ACT)
- Official transcript(s)
*The application form may be
submitted electronically to
Depending on the operating system, some applicants have
found that the fillable application does not save properly
on their system. It is highly recommended
that you print out a copy of your completed application for
your records in case of technical difficulties.]
*Letters of recommendation can be
submitted in the following ways:
--via email directly from the email account of the
recommender. Letter should be sent to
--via U.S. Postal service to the mailing address below.
Letters may be sent directly by the recommender, or may be
sent by the applicant provided that the letters are sent in
a sealed envelop from the recommender
It is recommended that you ask academic faculty,
researchers, or professors to write letters on your behalf
*SAT/ACT/GRE scores must be provided.
Your scores can be obtained from your high school, or a copy
can be accessed online from the College Board website (www.collegeboard.com)
and printed and mailed by the applicant, or forwarded via
email from the website by the applicant. Please make
sure that your name appears on your score sheet.
*Sealed official transcripts from each
university/college attended. As with recommendations,
transcripts may be sent directly from your university or may
be sent by the applicant as long as they are received in the
sealed envelope from the university.
Printed application materials should be mailed to:
Graduate School Summer Research Internship Program
Attn: Stephanie Rauch
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 3906
Farmington, CT 06030-3906
**As of 2015, the deadline for
receipt of application and supporting materials
is March 1**
Notification of Acceptance to Program
All admissions decisions will be sent directly to applicants
Inquiries should be directed to