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Summer Programs

Why spend your time in a low-paying summer job when you could be gaining valuable research experience or preparing yourself for the rigors of medical school? Learn more about summer experiences for students who are ready for the challenge.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The application for SURF is now available! Click the "Learn More About SURF" link below to begin your application.

Participants in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This six-week program is designed to expose you to the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of biomedical and basic science research. 


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Summer Scholars

The application for Summer Scholars is now available! Click the "Learn More About Summer Scholars" link below to begin your application. 

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 the Heritage College. This includes a core curriculum of basic science courses taught by medical school faculty, study skills and time management workshops, clinical experiences and special presentations on cultural competency and research methods. In keeping with the educational culture at the Heritage College, all activities are designed to emphasize case-based problem solving and small-group teamwork.


NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

The application for the REU program is now open. 

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