Category Archives: Minority Applicants

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Webinar

Are you a college freshman or sophomore seeking a summer career-enrichment opportunity within the health professions?  Register today to join the upcoming Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) webinar and get an in-depth look into all the program has to offer.  The webinar will occur Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 5 PM EST. Register today for the SHPEP webinar to learn the first-hand experience of past SHPEP scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! Webinar panelists will include SHPEP alumni and ambassadors who will discuss the academic possibilities they obtained, thanks to their educational experience at the SHPEP. The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply.

Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program expanded in 2016 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy and physician assistant.  Participation in the summer enrichment program may better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs.  Students should visit to learn more and apply to the SHPEP today.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017.


Gateways of the Laboratory Summer Program

Applications for the 2017 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program for Pre-MD-PhD students are now being accepted.

Find out more about the Gateways to the Laboratory Program and its unique blended learning format by clicking here.

The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is for:

  • Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;
  • Underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds or have a disability;
  • US Citizens/Permanent Residents;
  • Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.

The application deadline for this and most other summer programs is February 1.

There are also two podcasts “Tri-I Pod” (available on iTunes) related to the Gateways to the Laboratory Program. Episode 3 of the podcasts specifically talks about the unique mentoring program “Big Sibs” practiced in Gateways. Episode 4 of the podcast discusses the unique journal club they offer and the incredible support system that guides it.

Illinois College of Optometry Focus on Your Future Summer Program

The Illinois College of Optometry will host the 7th annual Focus on Your Future Summer Program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.

Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

<strong>Program Dates: Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18, 2014</strong>
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<strong>Application Deadline: Friday, April 11, 2014</strong>
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<strong>Notification: Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, May 9, 2014</strong>
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For <a href=””>eligibility and application information</a>, visit the link. Please feel free to contact the program if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Teisha Johnson, M.S.
Senior Director of Admissions
Illinois College of Optometry
3241 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
T: 312-949-7407
F: 312-949-7399 |

Accepting applications for S.A.G.E.

Purpose of the Program:
The purpose of this program is to encourage a diverse group of outstanding UB undergraduate students who demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or impediment to success in higher education to pursue graduate studies, to enter a career in Higher Education or another specific career field. SAGE interns are provided the unique opportunity to obtain a paid internship position, mentorship, networking and guidance related to their educational and career goals while they gain professional development skills and relatable work experience in their area of interest. Each SAGE intern participates up to 10 hours per week in an internship related to their educational and career goals and works with a supervisor who will act as a mentor. Students can receive a stipend for the academic year.

Eligibility for the Program:
•    Junior or Senior Status before entering program
•    Minimum 2.50 Cumulative GPA
•    U.S. Citizenship / Permanent Resident / Legal Alien permitted to work in the U.S.
•    Student must identify with an underrepresented student population (race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability status, or sexual identification)

Applications and supplemental materials due March 14th.

Summer Opportunity for Underrepresented Students

Des Moines University is now accepting applications for our 3-week summer Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program! Health P.A.S.S. is geared toward rising sophomores and juniors from populations underrepresented in medicine and health care, including under-represented minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students.  The program provides participants with perspectives on what it is like to be a student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies.  DMU covers all costs for participants, including housing, meals, and transportation. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, and applications are due March 1, 2014.