Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP)

Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) I is a six-week commuter program for undergraduate students who have completed the freshman or sophomore year in college, or who are graduating from high school in the spring of 2018 and have been accepted into college in the fall of 2018. CAMP helps students build the knowledge base and academic skills necessary for success in a premedical program. The program seeks students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who represent groups that are known to be underrepresented in health related sciences and medicine.

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Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) II

Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) II is an eight-week research, education, and mentoring experience for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in college. Students participate in either basic science or clinical research projects during the program, which concludes with a research presentation forum. The program seeks students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who represent groups that are known to be underrepresented in health related sciences and medicine. Additionally, students previously in CAMP I who wish to participate in CAMP II must submit an application, and admission is not guaranteed.

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Chicago EYES on Cancer

Chicago EYES on Cancer is a cancer research training program for high school and college students interested in careers in biomedicine. The program also welcomes secondary science educators. For two consecutive summers, participants work full-time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers at the University. Rigorous research training is complemented with a cancer-based lecture series, skill-building workshops, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to participants’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium to showcase participants’ work across basic, translational, clinical, and population-based areas of cancer research. 

Contact Person:
Megan Mekinda, PhD

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Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of 33 colleges and universities, the Leadership Alliance was established in 1992 to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in higher levels of education and research. The Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor.  The University of Chicago is among the 22 Alliance participants that offer summer research opportunities. Through this program, students work with a faculty or research adviser to develop and conduct an independent research project while learning about preparing for an advanced academic career. Students have the opportunity to present their results at the Leadership Alliance Symposium, an annual national conference bringing together SR-EIP participants, faculty/research mentors, and Alliance members and directors. The main purpose of this program is to provide theoretical and practical training in research and introduce students to future avenues of graduate training.

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Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

PREP is designed to provide mentoring, research skills, coursework and a positive learning environment to recent post-baccalaureate students, who intend to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical science.  This program is a unique opportunity in particular for students belonging to groups underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences as defined by NIH to strengthen their applications to PhD Programs nation-wide by conducting research as laboratory technicians for one year at the University of Chicago and by participating in diverse academic activities that will prepare them to be successful graduate students.

Contact Person:
Laurie E. Risner, PhD

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The Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER)

Prtizker’s School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) is an eight-week residential research,education and mentoring experience at the University of Chicago. Participants in the program are rising college seniors or students rising into a post baccalaureate program, including students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented groups in health related sciences and medicine. Students will participate in either basic science laboratories or clinical research projects throughout the duration of the program.  The program concludes with a mandatory research presentation forum at the end of the summer.  Weekly cluster groups will support the laboratory research work of each participant. These groups will explore medical and research ethics, health care disparities, statistics and research tools. Students will also receive mentorship and guidance from Pritzker Medical School students and staff. This includes advising sessions with Pritzker admissions officers and social events with Pritzker and University of Chicago summer research program students.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

This program is a 10 week immersion program that is designed for students who are interested in attending graduate school and pursuing a career in science. The program is particularly aimed at undergrads from non-R1 institutions, focusing on underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged applicants. It allows students to devote themselves to research projects, working in collaboration with graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, to address important problems in biology. Interns will be hosted by research laboratories in the department, most of which are housed in the Cummings Life Sciences Center, with several laboratories in a nearby building. Interns will have full access to the advanced instrumentation available in the host laboratories as well as in a large set of superb core facilities, including advanced light and electron microscopy, next generation DNA sequencing, and a wide range of biophysical approaches.

For more Information, contact:
Professor Aaron Turkewitz

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