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 May 30st, 2016 to August 5th, 2016.

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.

Supers is the ideal opportunity to find out whether graduate school and a career in the biomedical research is right for you, Accepted students spend ten weeks on campus at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Science, Math and Engineering majors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher at an accredited U.S. College or University are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted for the summer following your Sophomores or Junior year. Applications from exemplary Freshman candidates will also be considered. 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 2016 are closed. The 2017 application will be available in October of 2016.