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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: http://medicine.uchc.edu/prospective/collegefellow/index.html


Qualifications

Applicants who are  U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents or 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.

Applicants must submit an application with an essay, transcript, standardized test scores, and two letters of recommendation (see details below).

Students who have previously participated in the program are not eligible to reapply.


Admission

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. 


Training

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 faculty advisors.

For 2014, the program runs May 27-August 1.


Support

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 program.


Housing

Securing housing for the duration of the program is the responsibility of the applicant. Information on locating off-campus housing is provided.


The Location

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:

  • Completed Application form (PDF)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Copies of standardized test scores (GRE, SAT, or ACT)
  • Official transcript(s)
     

*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 BiomedSciAdmissions@uchc.edu

--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 if possible.

*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.

 

**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 by email.
Inquiries should be directed to BiomedSciAdmissions@uchc.edu .


Completed application and all supporting documents should be sent to:


Graduate School Summer Research Internship Program
Attn: Stephanie Rauch
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 3906
Farmington, CT 06030-3906


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Related Information
A number of opportunities also exist for disadvantaged high school and college students interested in health and science summer research programs. Individuals should refer to the Health Career Opportunities Program page for more information.

 

Contact Information


Email: BiomedSciAdmissions@uchc.edu

Graduate School Summer Research Internship Program
Attn: Stephanie Rauch
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue. MC 3906
Farmington, CT 06030-3906

  
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