Scholarships, Fellowships and Free Summer Research Opportunities

Dr. U.R. Plante Medical Scholarship

This is a scholarship that is awarded by the Adirondack Community Trust. It is an award of $10,000 given annually to a student attending medical school. Qualifications for this scholarship include:

  1. Must be a resident of St. Lawrence, Clinton, Franklin, Essex or Hamilton counties of New York or have lived in one of these counties for at least 2 years.

  2. Must be accepted by an accredited Medical School in either the U.S. or Canada.

  3. Must expect to enter the fields of family (general) practice OB GYN, or gerontology.

  4. Must be willing to return to St. Lawrence, Clinton, Franklin, Essex or Hamilton county New York to practice for at least 2 years or be willing to practice for two years in a remote part of the U.S. or where doctors are needed.

Deadline for application is April 14th; all decisions are made by June 1st.

Apply for Dr. U.R. Plante Medical Scholarship

SUNY Upstate Medical Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

" …an intensive ten-week summer program, undergraduates with appropriate faculty help will formulate their own proposal, carry out research under the supervision of one of our faculty, write a research paper and have the opportunity to see their work published."

Learn more at

Traveler's Summer Research Fellowship Program

Every summer, the Medical College of Cornell University offers the Traveler's Summer Research Fellowship Program. The program is for 10 weeks and there is free a room a stipend for living expenses. The contact person is Carlyle Miller, (212-746-1057).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Every summer, Albert Einstein offers a Minority Student Summer Research Opportunity Program (MSSROP). This is a paid research fellowship ($2500) awarded to underrepresented minorities (African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American). This program typically lasts from mid June to early August. The deadline for applications is March 1st. Applications are in Dr. Slish's office.

Also at Albert Einstein, the Hispanic Center of Excellence has a summer mentorship program. For more info, go to:

Greater New York Hospital Association Fellowship

The GNYHA is offering a summer fellowship to promote diversity in Health Care Management. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged. Applicants should be a junior or senior; must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater; must have an interest in health care management; must show excellence in extracurricular and community service activities. If you are interested, there is more info at:

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

From Susan Maxwell (

“The AAMC is accepting applications for the AAMC Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), a free six-week academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who are interested in a career in medicine of dentistry. SMDEP participants benefit form academic instructions in the basic sciences (organic chemistry, physics, biology) and math (pre-calculus/calculus), as well as career development and advice, some clinical exposure, a learning-skills seminar, and a financial planning workshop. The program is held at 12 locations across the country. Applications are typically due March 1. The SMDEP is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the AAMC and the American Dental Education Association.”

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Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program at Brigham and Womens' Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School

"Greetings, My name is Dr. Jabbar Bennett and I'm writing to tell you about a new and exciting summer research opportunity at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School for your underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduate juniors and seniors or first year medical students. The Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers at BWH is recruiting its inaugural cohort of scholars to participate in the Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program. Briefly, students are invited to join us for 8 weeks to engage in basic, clinical or translational research projects under the supervision of BWH and Harvard Medical School faculty advisors. At the end of the 8 weeks students will share their findings during a program ending research presentation day.

"As well as conducting laboratory research, students will also receive professional development training, meet faculty from across the hospital and medical school, and participate in social networking events. The BWH STARS Program will cover students' travel costs to and from Boston , provide housing free of charge, and give them a stipend for the summer. This is a great opportunity for your students to train in the Harvard Medical School environment. Please review the attached brochure and visit the program website at for more information and to download an application. The application deadline is Monday, February 9, 2009 and students will be notified of their selection by Monday, March 16, 2009. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at or call (617) 525-9324. We look forward to hearing from you and your students.

Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.
Lecturer on Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, BWH STARS Program 2009 BWH STARS Program Overview

Eligibility Requirements
  • The applicant must:
    • be a member of an underrepresented minority group [Per Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) guidelines, at BWH, this means African-American, Alaskan/Hawaiian Native, Hispanic American, Native American],
    • be a US citizen or non-citizen national with a permanent residence visa;
    • be an undergraduate junior or senior, or 1st year medical student Express an interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine.
Program Details
  • Duration 8 weeks.
  • Participants 6–10.
  • URM undergraduate juniors and seniors, and 1st year medical students housing included (Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard University Student Residence Housing).
  • Travel included (to and from Boston.
  • Stipend $3200.
  • Learning materials included.
Program Components
  • Advising.
  • Clinical Shadowing (Optional).
  • Community Building - Social Networking.
  • Laboratory Research Reflections - Professional Development.
  • Research 101 - Instruction Roundtable.

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UMass in Worchester, MA

Learn more about this program at, or contact:

Deborah Harmon Hines, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for School Services
and Professor of Cell Biology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North S1-842
Worcester, Massachusetts 01655
Phone: 508-856-2444
Toll Free Phone: 877-395-3149
Fax: 508-856-4888

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about the pre-health professions advisement, please contact

Donald Slish
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chairperson
Office: Beaumont Hall 304B
Phone: (518) 564-5160