Short-term/Summer Research Programs

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

If you are a motivated undergraduate student eager to participate in innovative research happening within one of the most active biomedical research institutions in the nation, we invite you to explore our website and learn more about the summer research programs available at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. We are dedicated to showing you “how science works” by providing a list of opportunities available at the Schools of the Health Sciences that will allow you to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in biomedical research. Work side-by-side with extremely knowledgeable scientists and clinicians in their state-of-the-art labs, and explore possible career opportunities.

Please carefully review the list of Summer Research Program opportunities available through the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences. If you need additional assistance, contact the program directly or visit their website.

Health Sciences Research Training Program


The Research Training Program is an unpaid educational experience for the students/trainees designed to foster their interest in areas of science, medicine, and other health professions. Specific structures will vary according to the trainee's individual goals. Our program aims to develop familiarity with clinical and/or basic research in a specific field, to learn basic laboratory or clinical research skills, to acquire skills in the presentation and dissemination of biomedical knowledge, and learn about and understand the nature of health care provided by our faculty.

* summer student placement at full capacity, we are no longer accepting requests for summer 2017 *

SPAEP (School of Medicine, Office of Diversity Programs)

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

University of Pittsburgh Vascular Medicine Institute & The American Heart Association Summer Undergraduate Research Program (AHA-SURP)

  • The University of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the American Heart Association and the Vascular Medicine Institute, offers a stipend to support summer research experiences in cardiovascular sciences or brain ischemia research for undergraduates mentored by a University of Pittsburgh faculty member. The SURP is designed to expose students to cutting-edge basic and translational cardiovascular research and is open to undergraduates from accredited institutions of higher education with an interest in cardiovascular science or brain ischemia research as covered by the AHA mission, and who have an interest in potentially developing an independent research career. An emphasis is placed on applicants that are underrepresented within cardiovascular research. Selected particpants will receive a cash stipend of $4,000.00 to defray costs for food and housing.

  • Deadline to apply is FEBRUARY 29, 2016

  • Contact: Rachel Farrell, Program Administrator,, 412-648-9222.

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TECBio REU @ Pitt (Department of Computational & Systems Biology)

  • TECBio is a ten-week NSF and DOD-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that provides a challenging graduate-level research experience in computational biology with a focus on "Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales." In addition to performing cutting-edge research, TECBio students also participate in other academic and enrichment activities, such as classes, seminars, discussions, and professional development events, while experiencing the various social and cultural activities available in Pittsburgh. Twelve students per year research a $5,250 stipend, housing, and support for travel to and from Pittsburgh. Two students per year are selected from the host institution.

  • Contact: Leah Russell,, Coordinator

  • Website: Training and Experimentation in Computational Biolo (TECBio)

NIMH Conte Center for the Translational Mental Health Research (CTMHR) Fellowship Program

  • The Conte Center for the Translational Mental Health Research (CTMHR) Undergraduate Research Program (URP) awards approximately 15 highly talented undergraduate students per year fellowships to perform early-career, hands-on, cutting-edge neuroscience research. Research opportunities focus on schizophrenia and related disorders and are primarily translational in approach. The URP offers early involvement in guided independent research, personal career counseling with highly successful clinical and basic neuroscientists, ongoing engagement in a longitudinal program of research, peer group training in the skills needed for a successful research career, and exposure to the clinical challenges of schizophrenia that motivate translational research.

  • Fellows begin the program during the summer after their freshman or sophomore year with a full-time, 10-week research experience supported by a $4,000 stipend. Students who participate in the summer research program after their freshman or sophomore years may be eligible for an additional research stipend during the following academic year. Students from ethnic, educational, or economic backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in the field of scientific research are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Website & information: Conte Center for the Translational Mental Health Research (CTMHR) Fellowship

College Student Summer Internship Program (Magee-Womens Research Institute)

  • This is an eight-week program in which students work on independent research projects under the guidance of investigators from MWRI. The Institute includes basic, translational, and clinical faculty members from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as from other departments of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Compensation is the hourly minimum wage. Housing is not provided. Start and end dates are flexible.

  • Contact: Kelli Lazar,, Coordinator

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Honors College in the Health Sciences

  • This is a summer research fellowship for full-time University of Pittsburgh undergraduates on the Oakland campus who are planning to pursue a career in a health-related field. This program provides students with a stipend and allows them to pursue full-time independent research under the mentorship of a faculty member in any of the schools of the Health Sciences. The expected number of HCHS fellows will be 10-15 this year.

  • Contact: Edward Stricker, PhD,

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Pitt Summer Edge
  • This is a tuition-based program with two programs geared towards undergraduates who are planning careers in the health sciences: Pitt Summer Edge in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Pitt Summer Edge in Public and Global Health.

  • Pitt Summer Edge in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences consists of four interdisciplinary biomedical courses plus an outside-the-classroom research component in which students participate in mentored research and meet weekly to present their findings and discuss ideas.

  • Pitt Summer Edge in Public and Global Health consists of an introductory public health class, a graduate-level elective class, and a research and practice class in which students will work individually or in pairs with public health faculty to perform laboratory, quantitative, or social science research.

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Summer Research Internship Program (School of Pharmacy)

  • Undergraduate students from Sun Yat-Sen University participate in unpaid research activities in Pharmaceutical Science. Specific topics include biochemical pharmacology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and clinical pharmaceutical science. Specific activities may include laboratory safety trainings, observing and performing experiments, attending research seminars, and meetings with faculty and students to discuss research.

  • Contact: Wen Xie,

Summer Research Internship Program, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Student Research Training Program provides research training for both undergraduate and graduate students in Health Sciences who desire to learn the rationale, design strategies, methods and other aspects of biomedical research.provides research training for both undergraduate and graduate students in Health Sciences who desire to learn the rationale, design strategies, methods and other aspects of biomedical research.