The 2023 SUPERS program will run May 30th to August 4th 2023


Supers Class Photo
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.

What is being said about the SUPERS program:

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

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

Apply Now

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

 More Information on the Application Process 

PDF Application Form 

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