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Summer Undergraduate Mentored Research Program in Health Services Research

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Academic Level:
For most summer research programs, this is your upcoming status as of the fall. Always check with the individual program's website for details.

Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The SUMR program is a summer internship that introduces talented undergraduate students, with a demonstrated commitment in advancing the needs of underrepresented groups in health services, population health, and clinical epidemiology, to research in this field. The goal of this program is to support and encourage student and faculty diversity.

Founded in 2000 by Penn LDI and the Wharton School's Health Care Management Department, the program helps advance equity in the health care professions. Participating scholars work with Penn faculty on mentored research projects, attend the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, and present on their projects at the End of SUMR Research Symposium.

Since 2000, more than 350 undergraduate students have participated in SUMR and 85% have gone on to have careers in health care. We invite you to be part of this positive change, learn about our program, and contact us if you are interested in becoming a SUMR scholar.

What Do SUMR Scholars Do?

-Work with Penn faculty mentor(s) full time on a health services research project(s) of the student's choice.

-Gain practical advice about graduate school opportunities and assistance with the graduate school application process, including a GRE prep program.

-Take an 8-week writing course taught by Penn's Critical Writing Program faculty.

-Attend weekly lunch meetings with program staff and Penn faculty to discuss their projects and learn more about the broad range of health services research at Penn.

-Present a final presentation on mentored health services research project(s) at the End of SUMR Research Symposium.

-Attend health services research conference as a group, all expenses paid.

-Take part in various extracurricular activities/social functions sponsored by the SUMR program.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Pennsylvania (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Political Science
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
STEM Fields

Health Behavior & Education
Health Disparities
Health Economics
Health Policy & Administration

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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