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)
- 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 email@example.com
Director: Alejandra Zapien-Hidalgo, MD, MPH at firstname.lastname@example.org
Booklet from our previous summer internship: https://issuu.com/azapien8/docs/frontera23
Article published by UAHS media in 2023: https://lnkd.in/gv_j4BVq