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
Applicants should have completed some college coursework in
biology and chemistry (preferably through organic chemistry).
Previous laboratory experience is desirable. Applicants must
submit an application with an essay, transcript, standardized
test scores, and two letters of recommendation.
All international applicants who are U.S. permanent residents
or U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
Additionally, international students who have the F-1
student visa AND are currently undergraduate
students studying in a U.S. college or university are
eligible, as long as they obtain the “curricular practical
training" from their current U.S. college or university.
For internationals who do not hold this status, we are NOT
able to accept or sponsor any international non-U.S. resident
student on a J-1, H-4, or H1-B visa in our program (with a
stipend or on a volunteer basis) or that is studying abroad and
not studying in the U.S.
International students who are already enrolled in a foreign
medical or dental school (outside of the U.S.), or who have
completed medical or dental school in a foreign medical or
dental school (outside of the U.S.) are NOT eligible.
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 30 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
Each student participant will be paid a salary of $3,200.
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. Assistance in 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 complete and submit:
- Application form
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Copies of standardized test scores (GRE, SAT, or ACT)
- Official transcript
*Letters of recommendation can be sent to the
address below directly from the person writing the letter,
or sent by the applicant but the letter should be sealed in
an envelope by the person who wrote it. If letters must be
sent by email (to
then they must be sent directly from the email account of
whomever is writing the letter for the applicant. (It is
recommended that you ask academic faculty, researchers, or
professors to write letters on your behalf if possible.)
*SAT 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.
*Sealed official transcripts should be sent by
your university or by the applicant but must remain
*Application materials and documents can
be mailed separately if necessary.
*The deadline for applications is February 15
Notification of Acceptance to Program
All admissions decisions will be sent directly to applicants
Inquiries should be directed to
Completed application and all supporting documents should be
Graduate School Summer Research Internship Program
Attn: Stephanie Rauch
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 3906
Farmington, CT 06030-3906