Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences


The Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program in Biological and Biomedical Science has been CANCELLED for Summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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 online application with an personal statement, transcript, 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 2020 program is tentatively scheduled to run from May 26-July 31.


Each student participant will be paid a salary. ($3,500 in Summer 2019). Students will be responsible for travel, meals, housing and other incidental expenses related to participating in the program.


We are currently working on an off campus housing option for participants in Summer 2020.  Additional details to follow.

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

**NEW IN 2020: Online application**

Additionally, SAT/ACT/GRE scores are no longer required.

Interested students must an online application and online materials :

  • Completed the online Application: http://connect.grad.uconn.edu/apply 
    • Start a new application and select “Pre-graduate or Non-degree” and then click “Create Application.”Begin filling out the Contact and Biographical Information.
    • Under the tab “Intended Pre-Grad or Non-Degree Program,” select “Biomedical Summer Internship.”Under “Term,” select Summer 2020.
    • Continue through the application, completing the required information and uploading the required documents. Then submit your application
  • 2 letters of recommendation: It is recommended that you ask academic faculty, researchers, or professors to write letters on your behalf if possible. Recommenders will submit their letters via the online system.
  • Personal Statement-Explain your motivation for applying to this program and your future career plans. Describe any research experiences, courses and/or laboratory work that have stimulated your interest in
    research and prepared you for this program. Upload your statement into the online system.
  • Official transcript(s): copies of all transcripts should be uploaded into the online system.

The Summer 2020 deadline for receipt of application and supporting materials will be March 1, 2020.

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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