FRONTERA Summer Internship



The FRONTERA summer internship is a cutting-edge, 10-week undergraduate research experience that provides an extraordinary laboratory training opportunity, pairing junior and senior-level scholars with preeminent UA health sciences researchers. This is a premier research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds, arming them with skills to make them competitive and successful in pursuing post-secondary education and research. 

Participants are matched with faculty mentors engaged in biomedical and public health research that impacts border communities. Participants engage in service-learning activities. Concurrently, participants develop an in-depth understanding of the pathway to medical school, including study and test-taking skills, preparations for the MCAT & GRE, and drafting a personal statement. In the final week, participants present the outcome of their research in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) poster session.  

Who should apply?

  • All students must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and recent graduate students interested in medicine, nursing, and public health are welcome to apply.
  • At a minimum, applicants should have completed one year in biology and general chemistry
  • 3.0. GPA minimum
  • Students historically underrepresented in health careers are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline: February 23, 2024.

Students will receive an invitation to join the program by March 13, 2024.




Program Runs June 3th -August 9th 

  • It is a FULL-time program. Students should not seek concurrent employment that may conflict with the program schedule.
  • Students are expected to commit to the program and attend all events. (virtually and in-person)

Program Highlights

  • Mentorship by a UA biomedical researcher or medical scientist working on translational research
  • Master the medical and graduate application process
  • Learn about minority health disparities
  • Participation in prep courses at no cost on GRE and MCAT to make students more competitive.
  • Travel to the border OR rural areas in AZ to learn about health disparity 
  • Create and present a research poster at UROC.
  • Share experiences with students who are pursuing similar goals and objectives
  • Students receive a $3,000 stipend for the summer.

For additional information, please reach out to:

Program Coordinator: Ycied Talavera, MPH at

Director: Alejandra Zapien-Hidalgo, MD, MPH at   


Booklet from our previous summer internship: 

Article published by UAHS media in 2023: