Preprofessional Opportunities

Columbia University - PrIMER Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: New York New York
Deadline: Early March


Open to full-time, undergraduate underrepresented minority and underserved students in universities in the New York City area. Must be a rising junior. Must be able to commit two summers and two academic years to the program. (If a rising senior, the commitment is one summer and one academic year.) Have an interest in pursuing research, and interest in further studies in environmental health sciences.


The Program to Inspire Minority and Underserved Undergraduates in Environmental Health Science Research (PrIMER) is a research program for full-time, undergraduate underrepresented minority, and underserved students who are typically underrepresented in STEM fields. PrIMER is funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and provides research trainees the opportunity to gain valuable research experience in environmental health sciences. Students from Colleges and Universities in the New York City area are eligible to participate. 

PrIMER trainees commit to a two-year program beginning June before their junior year through December of their senior year. Trainees are paired with a Columbia University faculty member who serves as a research and academic mentor throughout the program. Trainees conduct research in environmental health sciences, attend weekly professional development workshops, and interact closely with Columbia University faculty. Each fall, trainees present their summer research experience at the PrIMER Research Symposium that takes place during our departmental seminar and is attended by faculty, students, and research staff. Trainees work with their mentor to continue research during the academic year.