University of Rochester Summer Scholars Program – Apply By March 1st

University of Rochester Summer Scholars Program


The summer program will provide enhanced research opportunities in Cellular and Molecular Biology to promising undergraduates, so as to encourage these students to pursue graduate education and careers in the Biological Sciences. The Intellectual Merit of the program derives from the major strengths in the University of Rochester’s cross-campus programs in the Biological Sciences, combining programs from the undergraduate campus Department of Biology and Basic Science Departments of the University of Rochester Medical Center.


The links below are active and will lead to the application.

  • The 2017 online application is now open. 
    • Create an account to start a new online application.
    • Create a new password.
    • Select: 2017 School of Medicine & Dentistry
    • Select: SMD 2017 Summer Scholars to create an application
    • Open: SMD 2017 Summer Scholars
    • Enter the required application information.
    • Sign and submit the completed application.
  • The application deadline is March 1, 2017.
  • Each applicant must fill out and submit a completed online application.
  • The applicant will be asked to provide names for two recommenders. When the application is submitted, the recommenders will receive an email request asking them to upload a letter of recommendation for the applicant.
  • The applicant will be asked to upload scans of their transcripts as part of the online application. Applicants do not need to mail official transcripts to the program unless specifically requested by a program representative.
  • Please complete your application early!

Program Details

  • Each summer program lasts for a 10-week period. (May 30th – August 4th)
  • Summer trainees will work under the direct supervision of a participating faculty mentor or post-doctoral student.
  • All summer trainees will be responsible for constructing a poster outlining their research at the conclusion of the program.
  • Summer trainees will present their posters and research at a final formal symposium.
  • All summer trainees will participate in research/educational seminars and presentations on graduate school and careers.
  • Luncheons, group trips to area attractions and various social activities are organized for the chance to interact with University of Rochester graduate students and other summer trainees.
  • A GRE General Test preparation course will be offered to students in their junior year.

Funding and Housing Details

  • Each summer program offers a stipend of $450 per week.
  • Housing will be provided in the University dorms for 10 weeks (if needed) at no charge – see Summer Housing for further details.
  • Parking is available for a small fee for those students interested in commuting or having a car on the premises.
  • Luncheons, select group trips to area attractions and various social activities will be provided at no charge to summer trainees.
  • Travel reimbursement may be available to students who qualify for FASEB funding – see NSF qualifications for underrepresented minorities on main web page.



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