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Preprofessional Opportunities

UCSP - Undergraduate Clinical Scholars Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Deadline: Late January


The program is open to students form any accredited university. Prior research experience is not required.


​The goal of the UCSP is to foster strong research interests and durable mentoring relationships for talented undergraduates in human clinical research with a focus on digestive, pancreatic, liver, kidney and diabetes research.
The UCSP is a 9-week rigorous summer research enrichment program that starts in June and ends in July. The program is open to students from any accredited university in the United States and is designed specifically for undergraduate students with an interest in clinical/epidemiologic research, with an eventual goal of MD, PhD, or MD-PhD degrees. Preference will be given to non-graduating college students.  At this time, we are not accepting graduate or post-baccalaureate students.

The 9-week program includes weekly didactic lectures and statistics workshops as well as a program-long research experience with an expert clinical investigator. Weekly lectures and workshops will provide an introduction to epidemiologic and biostatistical topics, and will be paired with small group discussions or workshops to reinforce content presented in lectures. Additional lectures will encompass topics on practical aspects of clinical research, which includes human subjects and research ethics, writing abstracts and scientific manuscripts, and admissions to graduate programs.