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Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program in Health

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The SUMR program is an endeavor by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School to provide underrepresented minority undergraduate students, or anyone who is interested in an opportunity to explore the exciting field of health services research.

Program participants will be expected to have an interest in health care and strong quantitative skills. Candidates from minority groups that are underrepresented in the field of health services research (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) are particularly encouraged to apply. Prospective participants do not have to make a commitment in advance to attend graduate school in order to be accepted into the program, but an academic or research career should be something they might consider. A committee of Penn faculty selects each year's SUMR scholars from the highly competitive applicant pool.

What Do SUMR Scholars Do?

Work with Penn faculty mentors on one or two health services research projects 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

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 in which Penn faculty are engaged

Present a final presentation on mentored health services research project at the SUMR Research Symposium.

Attend two health services research related academic conferences as a group, all expenses paid.

Take part in various extracurricular activities/social functions sponsored by the SUMR program.

Time Commitment and Compensation:SUMR scholars earn $15/hour during the summer months for a time commitment of 40 hours per week. Students work with their mentors to devise a schedule that can be flexible to work around other employment.

Application Deadline: 2/1/2024

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

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

Health Behavior & Education
Health Economics

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

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