I am without a doubt the biggest fan of SUPERS@PENN. It was a life changing experience that helped me realize that scientific research was my calling, and gave me the confidence to apply to some of the top graduate programs in the country in pursuit of my career goal.

Erin Kennedy - SUPERS 2011, 2012
Graduate Program in Cancer Biology, Brown Univ.
I was accepted into several Ph.D. programs before ultimately accepting a position in UCLA’s Biomedical Physics program. I have to thank SUPERS@PENN for giving me the competitive skills and knowledge needed to pursue such an amazing opportunity.

Samantha Mikaiel - SUPERS 2012
Graduate Program in Medical Physics, UCLA


This year's SUPERS program will run from June 1st, 2015 to August 7th, 2015.

SUPERS@PENN is a ten week summer research program hosted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania(PSOM). The program has been funded by the NCI since 2010 and the PSOM has provided additional support since 2015.

The primary goal of the program is to provide talented and motivated undergraduates with an individualized science-based learning curriculum. The core component of the program is the a hypothesis-driven laboratory research experience. Students are paired with faculty mentors from the Departments of Radiation Oncology (Biology and Physics), Radiology (Imaging) or who are members of the Radiobiology and Imaging Core of the Abramson Cancer Center (Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacology , etc.). This large pool of mentors allows us to place each student into a research laboratory based on their academic major and general research interests. In addition to their research project, students participate in didactic course that provides them with a foundation in cancer biology, radiation biology, radiation physics and math, andcancer imaging.

The program is open to rising college Juniors and Seniors who have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in scientific research related to cancer biology and/or the radiation sciences. Students accepted into the program as rising juniors may apply for a second year if they receive an outstanding recommendation from their faculty mentor following their first summer in the program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card holders). They must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher at an accredited U.S. College or University to be eligible to apply. Letters of recommendation from two faculty members who can attest to the student’s work ethic and genuine interest in pursuing post graduate studies leading to a career in research are required.

Applications for 2015 are closed. The 2016 application will be available in October of 2015.