Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences



UConn Health invites applications for a limited number of summer research internships from highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students who have completed at least their sophomore year by the start of the program and have an interest in obtaining a Ph.D. in the biological and biomedical sciences. Students will have the opportunity to participate in research activities of a laboratory at the Graduate School under the direction of a faculty member. The purpose of the program is to provide a research experience and the opportunity to learn about ongoing research programs at UConn Health.


Applicants who are U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents or international students who have an F-1 student visa and are currently undergraduates studying in a college or university in the United States (as long as they obtain “curricular practical training” from their current U.S. college or university) are eligible to apply.

International students on any other visa type are not eligible for the program.

Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year by the start of the program and should have completed some college coursework in biology and chemistry (preferably through organic chemistry). Previous laboratory experience is desirable. Students who will have graduated by the time the program begins are not eligible.

Applicants must submit an application with an essay, transcript, standardized test scores, and two letters of recommendation (see details below).

Students who have previously participated in the program are not eligible to reapply.


The applicants will be selected for admission by the program director who is a faculty member. The program director will review each application and may consult with faculty members chosen by the applicants in order to secure their lab selection. The selected students cannot be assured that they will be assigned to the laboratories of their first choice, but every attempt will be made to match their specific interests. Upon selection or at the start of the program, the student will meet with the faculty sponsor and develop a research protocol.


It is expected that each student will work in a research project either independently or in collaboration with other members of the laboratory and will become actively involved in the laboratory program. There will be opportunities for the trainees to interact with the faculty member directing the research, as well as graduate students and post doctoral fellows working in the same and other laboratories. The student will commit approximately 35 hours per week for their project for 10 weeks and attend weekly seminars given by faculty members. During the last week of the program, students will be required to present their work to the other participants and their faculty advisors.

The program typically begins the Tuesday after Memorial Day and runs approximately 10 weeks. The 2019 program is tentatively scheduled to run from May 28-August 2.


Each student participant will be paid a salary of $3,500. Students will be responsible for travel, meals, housing and other incidental expenses related to participating in the program.


Securing housing for the duration of the program is the responsibility of the applicant. Information on locating off-campus housing is provided.

The Location

UConn Health houses a division of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine. Located in Farmington, just seven miles west of Hartford and midway between Boston and New York, UConn Health is built atop a hill with panoramic views of rural hills and the skyscrapers of Hartford. The school, set in a quiet suburban area, has all of its outdoor recreational opportunities and vestiges of small-town life, yet with the excitement of a city less than 10 minutes away.

How to Apply

Interested students must submit:

  • Completed Summer Program Application (PDF***)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Copies of standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or GRE)
  • Official transcript(s)

The application form may be submitted electronically to BiomedSciAdmissions@uchc.edu.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the operating system, some applicants have found that the fillable application does not save properly on their system. It is highly recommended that you print out a copy of your completed application for your records in case of technical difficulties.

Letters of recommendation can be submitted in the following ways:

  • via email directly from the email account of the recommender. Letter should be sent to BiomedSciAdmissions@uchc.edu
  • via U.S. Postal service to the mailing address below.  Letters may be sent directly by the recommender, or may be sent by the applicant provided that the letters are sent in a sealed envelop from the recommender

It is recommended that you ask academic faculty, researchers, or professors to write letters on your behalf if possible.

Unofficial SAT, ACT, or GRE scores must be provided.  A copy of your scores can be obtained from your high school or a copy can be accessed online from the College Board website (www.collegeboard.org). You may print out your scores from the online system and mail them, or forwarded them via email from the website. Please make sure that your name and the scores appear on your score sheet. Official test scores from the College Board are not required.

Sealed official transcripts from each university/college attended. As with recommendations, transcripts may be sent directly from your university or may be sent by the applicant as long as they are received in the sealed envelope from the university. If your university offers OFFICIAL electronic transcripts, they may be sent from your Registrar’s Office to the email address below.

Printed application materials should be mailed to:
Graduate School Summer Research Internship Program
Attn: Stephanie Rauch
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 3906
Farmington, CT 06030-3906

The Summer 2019 deadline for receipt of application and supporting materials will be March 1, 2019.

Notification of Acceptance to Program

All admissions decisions will be sent directly to applicants by email. Inquiries should be directed to BiomedSciAdmissions@uchc.edu.

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