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From Left: Olivia McGovern, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Elizabeth Shenk, Penn State University; Brittney Hacken, Indiana University, Bloomington; Kara Slowick, Shippensburg University; Benjamin Foster, DeSales University; Kalila Steen, Penn State University; Nathan Lee, Bucknell University; Talora Steen, University of Pittsburgh; Corey Foster, DeSales University; Lisa Boudeman, University of Pittsburgh



The Weis Center for Research represents a unique resource for Central Pennsylvania in terms of both physical facility and its human capital. The Weis Center Summer Undergraduate Research Intern Program is part of an effort to make these valuable resources available to promising college students from the region. This program, which was begun in 1988, exposes talented undergraduate students to career opportunities in biomedical research and provides hands-on research experience.

The students engage in research investigating the molecular and genetic basis of human diseases under the direct supervision of our scientists. The Summer Undergraduate Research Intern Program culminates in a series of oral presentations by the students describing their work completed during the program. This highly competitive program (the acceptance rate is about 15%) has involved students from more than 46 colleges and universities in 10 states. A survey of past program participants conducted in 2002 showed a high level of achievement in research and /or medical careers. More than 90% of the respondents had pursued post-baccalaureate degrees, with more than 80% pursuing M.D., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Selection for this program is based on academic performance, standardized test scores and stated career goals. Applications are generally solicited in January with a submission deadline in February for internships beginning in May. For further information, contact kmsmith3@geisinger.edu.