Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)

SUIP » Admission



Applicants may apply directly to BGS via the online application.

SUIP students

Alternatively, eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to apply via The Leadership Alliance application.

Required elements are:

  • Completed online application form
  • One statement detailing both your career goals and your area of research interest
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic faculty or advisors
  • Uploaded copy of your undergraduate transcript (official hard copy sent by mail)
  • We must receive all application materials before February 1

Personal statement: In 1-2 pages, describe your academic interests and career goals. If you have had any research experiences, please describe them. State your specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques you'd like to explore. Please upload your statement with your application.

Transcript: Please arrange for an official copy of your undergraduate transcript, including your fall semester grades, to be sent to one of these addresses:

  • SUIP Coordinator, Biomedical Graduate Studies, 160 BRB II/III, 421 Curie Blvd., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6064
  • SUIP Office, Office of Research and Diversity Training, 3620 Hamilton Walk RM 267, Anatomy-Chem Bldg., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4800

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. Try to obtain letters from academic faculty who know you personally and can comment on your academic abilities and your aptitude for research.


We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds; with disabilities; or who attend small colleges.

SUIP only accepts applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We cannot accept applications from international students at this time. In addition, graduating seniors are not eligible to participate, and preference is given to applicants who will have completed their sophomore or junior year.

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