Application Status

Working in the lab 2015

Applications for summer of 2024 are closed. 


  • 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
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher at an accredited College or University  
  • Research experience is helpful, but not required

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Application Requirements:

Application packet needs to include: 

  1. One page essay explaining your interest in the program, your future goals, any relevant experience you have, anything else you'd like us to know about you!
  2. Current CV 
  3. Unofficial university transcripts 
  4. Completed application form
  5. Letters of recommendation from two faculty members who can attest to your work ethic and genuine interest in pursuing post graduate studies leading to a career in research (SUPERS will reach out to the faculty directly once your application file is received)

Holistic Review Process

Supers@Penn takes the holistic approach in reviewing applicants. Meaning we consider the "whole" applicant by taking into consideration applicants’ experiences, attributes, and academic metrics in order to identify individuals who may contribute to the program's mission and succeed in their future scientific pursuits. We aim to create a diverse cohort by considering the below (as stated by the AAMC) when reviewing applicants:

  • Diversity: All aspects of human differences, including socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography (including rural and highly rural areas), and disability. 
  • Experiences: Life circumstances and chosen activities applicants have experienced, as well as the context in which these experiences have taken place.
  • Attributes: Applicants' skills, abilities, personal qualities, core competencies for participating in the program and relevant demographic identities.
  • Academic metrics: Quantitative academic components of an applicant's portfolio including course work, GPA, and enrollment status. 


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