The University of Iowa

Medical Scientist Training Program

Carver College of Medicine


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2014 SUMR students not pictured:
Daniel Bonthius
Wartburg College

Alicia Sanchez, St. Mary's University

Alicia Sanchez
St. Mary's University

Joseph Chin
Pepperdine University
talking about his experiences in Richard Smith's Lab.

Grace Schaack, U of Texas

Grace Schaack
University of Texas

Shawn Ma, Cornell University

Shawn Ma
Cornell University

Yael-Natalie Escobar, University of Arizona

Yael-Natalie, Escobar
University of Arizona

Mary Higgins, Lafayette College

Mary Higgins
Lafayette College

Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) Program

Jesslyn Magee, Xavier University

The University of Iowa SUMR Program offers an intensive experience for highly motivated undergraduates interested in future combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist. The program provides the opportunity to conduct hands-on intensive research with scientists at The University of Iowa. Participants carry out independent research conducted under the direction of an established mentor in the biomedical sciences. In addition, the program offers weekly seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, career development seminars, case-based learning sessions and physician-scientist shadowing. Participants gain an appreciation for the role of the physician-scientist in asking pertinent medically related research questions, carrying the results of the work to the patient's bedside. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the biological or physical sciences in the academic year following the summer of planned participation.


2015 SUMR Program


SUMR Program Features

Application Requirements



SUMR Program
Medical Scientist Training Program
2206 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Phone: (800) 551-6787 or (319) 335-8303
Fax: (319) 335-6634

Info about other UI summer undergraduate research opportunities


2013 SUMR Participants:
Hiyab Yohannes, Virgina Commonwealth University
Melissa Valdes, St. Mary's University
Keyan Zarei, University of Iowa