Category Archives: Health Relevant Experience

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at OU-HCOM

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will again host the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The SURF program provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. Participants in this program work in an active research lab under the guidance of a biomedical science faculty member. The goal is to expose students to  the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of research.

The SURF program is 7 weeks in length and includes room & board, a living allowance, 6 semester hours of biology credit from Ohio University  and the potential for a guaranteed interview for the entering class at the medical school.   Detailed information, eligibility requirements, and application materials can be obtained by going to the SURF web site at The deadline for application is February 1, 2018.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the OU-HCOM Admissions Office at 800-345-1560.


Register for the Summer Health Professions Education Program’s Webinar: A Week in the Life of a SHPEP Scholar

A Week in the Life of a SHPEP Scholar

What SHPEP program site(s) will you be applying to? It’s time for applicants to get the inside scoop about what the SHPEP initiative includes for its 2018 scholars. Please register and tune in to the upcoming webinar and hear what the 2018 SHPEP summer experience may include. The webinar takes place Thursday, January 25 @ 5 pm EST.
The SHPEP program sites, including Rutgers, Columbia and the University of Washington will share what the six-week SHPEP experience includes for its scholars. Webinar attendees will learn about extracurricular activities and the educational resources available at specific program sites.  Join the webinar and learn what a week looks like in the life of a SHPEP scholar! There will also be an opportunity to ask questions, particularly to the program sites that will be presenting.

LGBTI Health Internship and Symposium

Summer 2018 Internship Application Materials Available

The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health is hosting a limited number of students for 10-week, full-time internships from late May to early August 2018. Through this internship program, we hope to foster the personal and professional development of future leaders in LGBTI health and research.

For competitive consideration, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student
  • Have a committed interest in LGBTI health and research
  • Demonstrate this interest through previous work, research, volunteer, or other experience

For additional information and to download application instructions, click here. Also, be sure to check out this awesome video produced by our summer 2017 interns!

For questions, email Del Ray Zimmerman, Program Manager, at


In addition, Vanderbilt is hosting an LGBTQ Health Symposium

March 3, 2018:

Save the Date for the Southern LGBTQ Health Symposium

The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health is very excited to announce that we are hosting a first-ever Southern LGBTQ Health Symposium on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Light Hall at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We’re seeking to engage providers and students throughout the region on a variety of topics to better serve sexual and gender minority patients.

Registration is now live! Please visit this link to sign up today! If you have any questions, please contact Del Ray Zimmerman, Manager of the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health, at

The SHPEP Application is Officially Open! Register today for the SHPEP Part II Webinar

Register today for the SHPEP Part II Webinar: The Steps to Success with the SHPEP Application
When: Thursday, December 14 @ 5 – 6 pm EST

The SHPEP application process is underway for potential scholars! Register and join the SHPEP webinar, part two series, to hear the important steps students need to take in order to successfully complete their SHPEP application. The National Program Office will offer tips for completing the personal statement and allow attendees to hear directly from SHPEP alumni members and mentors who craft letters of recommendations for potential SHPEP scholars. We’ll also provide a quick checklist to consider before hitting the submit button on your SHPEP applications. Join the webinar and get equipped to submit a stellar SHPEP application and ask questions you may have about the application process!

Please visit to start your SHPEP applications today!

Apply for the Summer Health Professions Education Program Starting December 1

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and to prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions—part of an effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that works to build a Culture of Health.

Apply Today


An Inside Look into the Summer Health Professions Education Program!


Register today for the SHPEP kick-off webinar – An Inside Look into the Summer Health Professions Education Program!

Are you a pre-health student interested in applying for a free summer, career-enrichment opportunity? Join the SHPEP kick-off webinar to hear about this educational opportunity directly from past scholars and alumni.

You’ll also receive the best tips and tools for a successful 2018 SHPEP application. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the SHPEP admissions process.

Register today and join the SHPEP kick-off webinar on November 16, 2017.


Cornell Pre-Vet Tracker Mobile App is here!

The Cornell Pre-Vet Tracker App is a new and convenient way to collect all your veterinary and animal experiences on your iPhone.

You can add experiences, edit them and when ready to apply it is all in one place. As you learn new things during an experience you can add it right away without waiting to get to your computer or journal to update. This app is great for high school students, college students and career changers to help simplify how you collect experiences. Now they are all in your phone and accessible at all times!

All the details collected in this app will be required on your future veterinary application (for all vet colleges), so a great way to have everything in one place to use when you apply!

Download the Pre-Vet Tracker in the App Store today!

Note: the Android app is coming- stay tuned!



Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers

The 11th Annual I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) program will take place on the campus of The Ohio State University from July 10 – 12, 2017.  Applications welcome through the April 1 deadline.  I-DOC is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry.  Thirty spots are available for the program this summer with financial assistance covering all meals, on-campus housing, activities, and airfare for those travelling to Columbus up to $500.

Application information, eligibility, and more information can be found at  


Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Enrichment Summer Program

The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Enrichment Summer program (MSU CVM ESP) invites students to apply for this summer opportunity.  The program is suitable for students interested in veterinary medicine.

During the 3-week program, students participate in a simulated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine curriculum, clinical experiences and leadership activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor and professional program students.  The program is best suited for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate studies, although applicants with less college credit will be considered.

Application and details can be found at the link below.  Deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.  The program will start on June 4 and close on June 23.


CSTEP Paid Summer Research Internship Opportunity

The 2017 CSTEP Summer Research Program (SRP) Application is now available!

The 2017 CSTEP Summer Research Program is an intensive 8.5-week program designed to provide students with a faculty-mentored research experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and allied health majors (June 6, 2017 – August 3, 2017).  The structured research experience also enhances students’ competitiveness when pursuing graduate and professional school.  CSTEP seeks talented underrepresented students who are rising sophomores, juniors and continuing seniors whose academic careers would be enhanced by conducting research under the guidance and mentorship of faculty at the University at Buffalo.  A stipend of $3,300 will be awarded to participants.  Participants also have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to $2,200 during the academic year.

Research assignments are made based on mutual interests of faculty sponsors and student participants.  In addition to the research experience, students participate in a research methods course, seminars to develop soft skills, fieldtrips, and community service.  As a capstone, at the end of the program, students present their research projects to peers, faculty, and the University at Buffalo community during the Annual Research Symposium.

Candidates should have completed at least one year of science coursework, and intend to pursue allied health professions in Nursing, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology OR  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors.   A history of academic excellence and interest in research is required.  Students must submit applications before the Thursday, March 16th deadline.


Here’s what previous research interns have said about their experience:

“The CSTEP Summer Research Program isn’t just a program that provides research opportunities; it gave me access to alumni, scholarships, faculty, friendships, and networking.”

Michael Singletary, Electrical Engineering

“This experience has been amazing because not only was it educational and informative, but it was uplifting and made me feel like the sky is the limit…The internship opened my mind to research and helped me to consider multiple career options.”

-Melissa Pierre-Louis, Pre-Med


Program Benefits:

  • $3,300 stipend
  • (Students also have the opportunity to continue with additional funding during the academic year)
  • Faculty Mentorship
  • Structured research experience
  • Research Methods Seminar (3.0 credit hours paid by CSTEP)
  • Development of soft skills via seminars with experts
  • Networking with professionals, faculty, & peers
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Fieldtrips
  • Community Service
  • All expenses paid to attend & present at the UB Undergraduate Research Conference

Total Value $4,800


To apply (All forms and further information can be found at the CSTEP website):

The application process begins with completing the 2017 CSTEP Summer Research Application COVER SHEET and submitting all of the following components of the application:

  • Official UB Transcript
  • 1-2 page personal statement
  • Resume
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (each recommender gets one page)
  • Copy of your Student ID

Upon submitting that completed package, you will be prompted to Part 2 which is an online application.

This is a competitive process,  we encourage  students to start the process early. CSTEP staff are available to offer any assistance with the process.