Summer Research Program

UC San Francisco offers exciting summer research opportunities for undergraduate students in the health sciences.

Apply for the 2019 SRTP cycle. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.

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Students selected for summer research at UC San Francisco spend up to ten weeks working with UCSF faculty members on research projects. Participants in the program take part in seminars, lectures, and social events, creating a cohesive and supportive community. At the end of the program, students give presentations of their research and get valuable feedback from students, postdocs, and faculty at UCSF.

In order to be eligible for the 2019 Summer Research Program at UCSF, you must:

  • Be a currently-enrolled undergraduate student. (We cannot accept students who will have earned their bachelor's degree by the end of the spring 2019 quarter.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a desire to pursue a PhD in one of the disciplines offered by the UCSF Graduate Division in life/health sciences listed below.
  • Have completed at least four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate study prior to the beginning of the Summer Program.
  • Be able to participate for the entirety of the program.

***Read more about what will make you a strong candidate.***

Funding Sources

The Summer Research Training Program provides research opportunities in the biomedical and biological sciences. We thank the following funding sources for their generous support:

  • Amgen Foundation
  • Genentech Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • UCSF Graduate Division
  • Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program
  • Biophysics Graduate Program
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Program
  • Neuroscience Graduate Program
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics Graduate Program

Application Process

*Apply for the 2019 cycle. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.*

A completed application must include:

  • Application and personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of college transcript(s)

Program Features and Benefits

Program Features

In addition to daily research, students also participate in:

  • Seminars on scientific and professional development
  • Journal talks
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Small group meetings and activities
  • Social and cultural events

Participant Benefits

Students receive a total package worth over $8,000 including:

  • $4,000 stipend
  • Up to a $500 allowance for travel to and from San Francisco (*travel arrangements are booked by the program)
  • Housing in San Francisco (double-occupancy)
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Public transportation pass

Graduate Programs and Summer Research Areas

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Informatics
Biomedical Sciences
Cell Biology
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
Epidemiology and Translational Research
Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics

Program Staff

Program Team

  • Julia Clark
  • D'Anne Duncan, PhD
  • Elizabeth Silva, PhD
  • Robert Banuelos
  • Jennifer Thompson

Finance Team

  • Naika McDonald
  • Karen Thiemann


For more information, contact: Julia Clark, outreach and student programs coordinator

Tel: 415-514-3510 | [email protected]