Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) Program

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.

Video from 2014 Iowa SUMR student
Joseph Chin, Pepperdine University, Summer 2014, talking about his SUMR experience in Dr. Richard Smith's Lab. Joseph joined the MSTP in 2017.

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.

2018 SUMR Program Events & Info


Applying for the SUMR Program

SURC 2014 Jesslyn Magee, Xavier U
Jesslyn Magge from Xavier University
2014 SUMR Participant