Biomedical & Life Sciences Summer Fellowship

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The Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Program

This program provides opportunities for students attending to conduct full-time (40 hours per week) biomedical and life sciences research with a University of Michigan faculty member for a 10 week period. In addition to the research activities, summer fellows participate in seminars co-sponsored by the Medical School on such topics as research integrity, clinical and translational research, and funding for graduate school and in monthly journal clubs facilitated by researchers from the Life Sciences Institute and Medical School.

The Summer Biomedical and Life Sciences Fellowship program seeks to attract a (broadly) diverse student population, which would include women and historically underrepresented students as well as first generation college students and students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, with the goal of encouraging diverse students to pursue graduate programs in the biomedical and life sciences.  The overall purpose of the program is to encourage students to consider pursuing graduate work in the biomedical and life sciences field by engaging them in an intensive full-time research experience.

The program is currently supported by grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Genentech, the Towsley Foundation, Amgen Foundation, Johnson and Johnson and private gifts from the Marc and Lori Robinson Fund, Tori and Terry Rosen Fund, and the Janet Neary Fund. 

This program is open to current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus. International students are not eligible for our summer fellowships funded by HHMI or SRC.

Stipend Award: $4000
Fellowship Dates: Tuesday, May 31 - Friday August 5, 2016
Application Opens: Mid-December 2015
Application Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2016
Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Application Instructions

Current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus. Students may not be enrolled in more than one spring or one summer course while participating in the fellowship program. Enrollment in spring/summer courses is highly discouraged for program participants.

  1. UROP Online Application (available in mid-December 2015)
  2. Personal Statement
    The personal statement is your opportunity to showcase your skills and qualifications pertaining to the fellowship. A personal statement may include academic, professional and life experiences that reflect relevant outstanding personal qualifications as well as career goals, research goals, and personal characteristics. Additionally, a personal statement gives you an opportunity to explain potential hardships or drawbacks in other areas of your application.
  3. Research Proposal
    The 3-5 page research proposal is a persuasive document that describes the purpose of your research, why it should be done, your methodology, your proposed timeline, the scope of the summer project, and your expected results by the end of the fellowship. Preparation of the proposal, in collaboration with a potential faculty sponsor, also enables you to confirm that you will have a significant project to undertake during the summer and you and your sponsor are clear about the scope and focus of the project.
  4. Recommendation Letters
    You will need 2 recommendation letters. One of your letters must be from your research sponsor/mentor. The second letter should come from a professor, graduate student instructor, volunteer coordinator or academic advisor.
  5. Resume
  6. Official Transcript

Send to:

Charmise L. Knox

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

1190 Undergraduate Science Building (USB)

204 Washtenaw Ave

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2215

734.615.9000 (office) -- 734.615.9971 (fax)

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Charmise L. Knox (, Student Services Program