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Summer Programs

Would you like to gain valuable research experience or prepare yourself for the rigors of medical school? What about having a guaranteed interview for a spot in next fall's entering class? Our summer experiences can give you all of this and more!

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The application for SURF will be available in October. 

SURF provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine and research. Participants work under the guidance of an HCOM researcher to expose students to the challenges, excitement, and satisfaction of research. Past participants have even finished the program with papers submitted for publishing.



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Summer Scholars

The application for Summer Scholars will be available in October.

Summer Scholars is a rigorous premedical program that has been opening doors for students from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1982. The program is designed to enhance preparation for admission to medical school by immersing participants in activities similar to what they would encounter during their first year at Heritage College. Courses taught by OU-HCOM faculty and current medical students include medical morphology, histology, immunology, and biochemistry. OU-HCOM staff will host workshops on the admission process, learning strategies, time management, and other areas relevant to the medical school experience.


NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

The program provides undergraduate students (psychology, social work, biology, pre-med, education) with an in-depth, hands-on experience focused on gaining clinical research skills, learning the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, and training on how to design and conduct research studies on treatment-related issues for children with social, emotional and behavioral problems. Students are also trained in the ethical conduct of research.

Learn more about the REU program


Diabetes Institute Summer Interprofessional Research Experience (DISIRE) Summer Undergraduate Program

The DISIRE curriculum is designed to educate undergraduates who may not have a background in diabetes but are interested in the field of diabetes research. It is interdisciplinary-focused and consists of online instruction, weekly seminars, journal club didactics, a group capstone project and research with a mentor. The online course will be an abridged version of “Diabetes: From Bench-to-Bedside”, an existing, comprehensive course that explores the genetics, physiology, treatment, self-management, and psychosocial care of diabetes. Students participating in the apprentice-based research experience will develop research skills and build self-efficacy.

Learn more about the DISIRE Program