Research Training Programs

The University of Pennsylvania's Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP): The objective of the The University of Pennsylvania Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) is to provide undergraduates who are interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences and intense research experience. The program has been in existence since 1993. Approximately 40 college students from across the US participate each year; most are rising juniors and seniors, but occasionally rising sophomores are admitted. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, receive career counseling from program faculty and administrators, and attend The Leadership Alliance National Symposium. The program seeks to encourage and prepare talented students to pursue careers in scholarly research. 


The University of Pennsylvania's Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PennPREP): The objective of PennPREP is to guide individuals from underrepresented (UR) groups who have baccalaureate degrees into graduate school to pursue biomedical research. The goals of PennPREP are to provide hands-on research experience to students who are under-represented in the field of biomedical research. In addition to the research itself, trainees participate in several research-related activities to enhance their training. Trainees actively participate in a scientific seminar series, at which Penn faculty present their research and discuss its broader implications. These seminars are appropriately geared to medical and senior undergraduate students and take the form of interactive discussions as opposed to formal scientific presentations. Trainees also participate in lab meetings, and attend seminars and journal clubs in the areas that are relevant to their research projects. 

Applications for Summer 2023 are now open. Please see the SUIP and PREP pages for application instructions.