The University of Missouri offers a summer research internship with the immediate objective of recruiting students with the ultimate goal of improving diversity in the biomedical sciences workforce. In a nine-week program (June 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020), you’ll work on your own research projects under the guidance of an MU School of Medicine faculty member and present results at a poster forum at the end of the session. You’ll learn how to write abstracts and design posters to prepare for the poster forum.

Education Beyond Research

You’ll also participate in a series of evening workshops and brown-bag lunches to explore research, career preparation and options, and scientific ethics. For weekly specialty discussions, you’ll read articles relevant to the topics and engage with peers and faculty members.


To be eligible for the internship program, you should be pursuing a major in animal sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related fields, and have a minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Selection is partially based on your potential and motivation for future enrollment in the MU School of Medicine. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US. Students who graduate before December 2020 are not eligible.

Additional Benefits

If you’re selected for the program, you’ll live on campus and receive meals. Additional benefits may include:

  • One hour of academic/research credit
  • Travel to and from Columbia, MO
  • A stipend of $3,400

How to Apply

The application deadline is February 14, 2020.


Complete the application form (link above) and provide these additional items:

  • Personal statement (be sure to include a brief summary of future education plans, life plans, and the motivation for your plans)
  • Resume or CV (NOT post-secondary experiences form)
  • Unofficial transcript with the most recent grades
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a science faculty member. Two letters are preferred.
  • Statement of research interests

Send completed application packets by postal mail to:

Debbie Taylor
Dean’s Office, School of Medicine
One Hospital Drive, DC018.00
Columbia, MO 65212

Applications may be submitted via by email to:
Debbie Taylor