The 2024 SUPERS program dates: June 3 to August 2, 2024

Class of 2017
Class of 2017

SUPERS@PENN is a ten week summer research program hosted by the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania. The program has been funded by the NIH/NCI since its inception in 2010.

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) or Radiology (Imaging).   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 lectures that provides them with a foundation in cancer biology, radiation biology, radiation physics and math, and cancer 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 Sophomore or Junior year. 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.


2021 SUPERS at the Phillies game
Class of 2021 enjoying the Phillies baseball game outing

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Please check back in January for the summer of 2024 applications. 

 More Information on the Application Process 


Email: SUPERS@pennmedicine.upenn.edu 
Training Grant Director: Jay Dorsey, MD, PhD
Program Coordinator: Jessica Kushner