I am particularly encouraged by the emphasis that SUPERS has placed on recruiting a diverse community of student scholars. Overcoming the underrepresentation of minority, female, underprivileged and disabled students in biomedical graduate programs is a very important goal that we share.

Dr. Louise Hainline, Program Director, NIH MARC and MBRS RISE programs
Brooklyn College, CUNY
I am delighted to hear that the comprehensive recruitment plan that SUPERS developed succeeded and more impressively exceeded its goals in recruiting women and minority students, as well as students faced with physical and financial challenges.

Dr. Natalie Batmanian, Office for the Promotion of Women in Science Engineering and Math
Rutgers University

Application Status

The 2017 application is now available. The submission deadline is 5PM February 3rdst, 2017.


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. They must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher at an accredited 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. 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.

Female, minority, socioeconomically disadvantaged and applicants with special needs,as defined by the ADA, are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

The following document is the application form which you will need to fill out completely. In addition to some basic information about yourself, you will also need to include a personal statement explaining your interest in the program, two letters of recommendation, and a copy of your transcript. An official transcript will be needed upon your acceptance.

Application: PDF | DOC
Recommendation Form: PDF | DOC

Electronic Submission

Please set the subject of the e-mail to SUPERS Application and send it to tuttle@uphs.upenn.edu.

Submit Via Mail

Dr. Stephen Tuttle
8-131 Smilow Center
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104