Washington University and the School of Medicine offer a variety of research programs for undergraduate students.
The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at Washington University offers several summer research programs for undergraduate students, including:
- Amgen Scholars Program: In the Amgen Scholars Program, scholars will engage in a 10-week independent research project under the mentorship of faculty at Washington University. Applications from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences (African Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders) are strongly encouraged to apply. We also encourage students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those who attend small liberal arts colleges to apply.
- The Washington University in St. Louis ENDURE (WUSTL-ENDURE): Participants will engage in an independent research project under the mentorship of Washington University faculty while also working with outstanding faculty mentors at their home institutions. All levels of undergraduates are eligible and participants do not have to have prior research experience. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident studying at a U.S. undergraduate program.
- Vagelos Undergraduate Research Fellowship: The Vagelos Undergraduate Research Fellowship is a unique opportunity for current Washington University undergraduate students to gain hands-on, graduate-level laboratory research experience in biology and biomedical sciences working under the supervision of School of Medicine faculty.
Other opportunities at Washington University School of Medicine for undergraduate students include:
- ACS Diversity in Cancer Research Summer Internship: Through funding from the American Cancer Society, the WU Diversity in Cancer Research Program aims to develop a more diverse, well-trained cancer research workforce capable of addressing complex, scientific questions and accelerating advancements in cancer research.
- Advanced Summer Program for Investigation and Research Education (ASPIRE): ASPIRE introduces young investigators to medical research and furthers their existing interest in the field.
- Anesthesiology Summer Research Fellowship (ASSURE) Program: The Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine’s ASSURE fellowship program will provide college students from the St. Louis metro area an opportunity to engage in basic, clinical, and/or translational research projects.
- Cardiovascular Research Summer Program (CardS): This program is designed to encourage undergraduate students from academic institutions with limited research opportunities to participate in cardiovascular research.
- Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program: The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.
- MARC uSTAR Summer Scholars Program: This program is an eight -week, minority-focused, research program for rising Washington University sophomores interested in scientific research.
- MIR Summer Research Program: The 10-week Summer Research Program at Mallinkcrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) offers undergraduate and medical students an excellent introduction to current radiological sciences research. Three of the program’s 10 positions are designated for women and URiM applicants. Visit the website to learn more about MIR’s Summer Research Program, including areas of research, faculty mentors and how to apply.
- Medical Scientist Training Program (ACCESS): WashU MSTP is pleased to offer opportunities for first and second-year undergraduates to experience the outstanding cutting research at Washington University and the wonderful city of St. Louis and its surrounding areas.
- Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) Undergraduate Scholars Program: This 8-week summer program focuses on engaging students in research and intensive academic enhancement/graduate school preparation workshops.
- Washington University Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology (WU PCEN): This program aims to inspire future leaders in pediatric kidney disease researach by engaging students in meaningful research and clinical experiences in kidney development, biology, cutting-edge technologies, preclinical model systems and pediatric nephrology.