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Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates

DBBS Summer Program

Interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research? Get hands-on experience through our Summer Research Programs for undergraduate students! You'll spend 10 intensive weeks onsite under the mentorship of one of our renowned faculty, gaining real-world training in a research laboratory setting. Students are able to work on research of their training with guidance from lab mentors, current graduate students, and PIs. The program concludes with a symposium and poster session featuring the work of the summer students. In addition, students receive: 

A generous stipend
Housing and travel expenses
Free travel in and around St. Louis
and more! 

Applications are open NOW through February 3 - Learn more and apply TODAY! 


I kind of like these summer programs just because it's different. You're in a different city. You're in a different lab environment. And you're just opening your options and your mind to different opportunities and things like that.

So a lot of summer programs are involved with the medical side of science, and then also, the PhD side of science. And I think this program is really good at showing you both sides, from having the chance to shadow clinicians, to taking part in research.

This has, by far, been one of my favorite research experiences.

WUSTL just really stood out in terms of the research that they were capable of, and like, the opportunities and support that they seem to offer for students.

I've gotten a lot of experience in having to ask questions myself, and having to really design experiments to answer those questions.

That's going to allow you to be an independent researcher, along with great collaboration from both peers and mentors.

The professors, and the PIs, and the graduate students work together on different projects.

The project that I'm given is absolutely outstanding. The science is brilliant and I'm really enjoying working on it.

There's both academic support from your PI and the lab and the research that you're doing, but there's also the program support that is just classes and seminars. I think that's really valuable and it's the best way to sort of increase diversity in STEM.

It's really getting you involved with scientific writing, grantsmanship, biotechnology. So these classes are really applicable and they help a lot.

I wanted to pick a place that was going to challenge me and teach me new things. That's what I really like about it. But I also feel like if I have a question or idea, I can ask it.

All of the grad students that I've worked with have been really nice and open about answering questions and trying to make sure that you understand your project, and helping you to develop your passion for science.

Every personal investigator, PhD, postdoc that I've seen here is just altogether happy to see you. They really like your enthusiasm for science. And I think that's hard to find at universities.

It's a great program. It really combines research in clinic. And WUSTL does a great job in ensuring that the environment here is friendly and everyone feels taken care of and welcome.