Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)

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Program Overview

Laboratory Research

Based on the application, each intern is matched to an appropriate faculty advisor who is a member of the Biomedical Graduate Studies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. The intern participates in the ongoing research of the investigator's laboratory or performs a specific, supervised research project related to the goals of the laboratory. Areas of research include:


Final Research Presentations

At the conclusion of the program, interns present a summary of their research. Past topics have included:

  • Function of C16orf57 in Clericuziotype Poikiloderma with Neutropenia
  • The Effect of Kinase Inhibitors on JUNV Entry Process
  • Immunoaffinity enrichment of potential disease biomarkers in blood plasma
  • Cell Type Selective Reduction of NMDA Receptors For Schizophrenia Targeted Therapeutic Development
  • Dissection of the fibrillogenic activity of the premelanosome matrix protein, Pmel 17
  • Evaluation of Neural Phenotypes and Therapeutic Interventions in a Zebrafish Model of Batten's Disease
  • p53 Status Alters the Effects of KLF5 on Cell Proliferation
  • The Role of BLOC-1 in Melanosome Biogenesis and Protein Trafficking
  • Role of Melanocortin 4 Receptor (MC4R) in Obesity
  • Role of Oxidative Stress in Neurotoxic Effect of cART Drugs
  • The Role of Lipid Uptake in Cancer Cells
  • Validation and Discovery of RNA/ DNA Differences
  • Phenotypic Screening of the T31 RH Panel for Tissue Specific Gene Expression
  • Cell-to-Cell Fusion Assay by HIV-1 Envelopes from the Periphery and Central Nervous System Primary Isolates
  • Investigating Potential Glial Cell Abnormalities in lpr-1 and let-4 Mutants
  • Effects of Predator Odor Stress on CRF Release and Cognitive Flexibility in Rats
  • Vaccination of HIV-1 Infected Subjects on HAART Boosts Cellular Immune Responses
  • Varying Statistical Structure of Sounds: Effect on Behavioral Discrimination of Rats and on Response Properties of the Auditory Cortex











Supplemental Activities

Leadership Alliance SymposiumEach week, interns attend research seminars presented by various members of the Biomedical Graduate Studies faculty. These seminars provide interns with an opportunity to discover the breadth of research being conducted in biomedical sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Interns are encouraged to ask questions and participate in group discussions.

Throughout the summer, interns undergo training in laboratory safety, the responsible conduct of research, and how to give research presentations. They also meet with the directors of the BGS PhD program and the MD-PhD program to learn about PhD and MD-PhD admissions. Interns have several opportunities to meet with current PhD students and summer interns from other programs at Penn, and the program features a variety of social activities; past activities have included Phillies games, concerts, plays, and trips to the shore. A highpoint of the summer is the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, where interns not only present their summer research (as described above), but also attend workshops and career fairs, network with interns and administrators from programs across the country, and enjoy fun social events.


Dates and Funding

The program is ten weeks and begins the first week of June. Interns must attend for the full duration of the program. Each intern receives a competitive stipend, which is paid in installments at the end of each month. On-campus housing in the dormitories is provided at no cost to the intern. The program will pay reasonable round-trip transportation costs for travel to and from the University of Pennsylvania. Daily commuting expenses cannot be reimbursed.

An internship is not a typical summer job; interns work long hours and the salary is just enough to cover the cost of living. However the intellectual challenges and rewards of the research experience are substantial.

Past Participants

The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program has hosted students from various institutions throughout the United States, including:

  • Amherst College
  • Bennett College
  • Brown University
  • Brooklyn College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • City College of New York
  • Cornell University
  • Delaware State University
  • Dillard University
  • Emory University
  • Evangel University
  • Haverford College
  • Howard University
  • Hunter College
  • LaSalle University
  • Louisiana State University
  • M.I.T.
  • Morehouse University
  • Morgan State University
  • Napa Valley College
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Saint Louis University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Ursinus College
  • Vassar College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana


The SUIP receives financial support from a variety of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, The Leadership Alliance, and Genentech Foundation, as well as Biomedical Graduate Studies of the University of Pennsylvania.

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