Summer Research Program: Public and Global Health Track

Students gain knowledge, conduct real-world practice and research, receive career counseling and build a network of colleagues while collaborating with Washington University public and global health faculty, St. Louis community professionals and each other. The program culminates in an oral presentation at the Summer Research Program symposium.

Program Benefits

  • Work in real world public health practice and research environments, including some international sites
  • Gain exposure to top investigators and diverse research topics
  • Receive career counseling and develop professional interests
  • Build a social network with student peers and faculty
  • Receive a $4000 stipend
  • Non-WashU students receive a free Metrolink transit pass
  • For students working at an international site, travel to and from St. Louis to the research site will be covered

Applicant Requirements 

The 2019 application period opens Nov. 1, 2018.

The 2019 eight-week program is open to national and international students looking to gain experience in the fields of public and global health research (especially infectious diseases and pediatrics), who are currently enrolled at the time of participation in the program, or are matriculating in fall 2019, as full-time college undergraduates, graduate students, or medical students at a U.S.-based university.

The program will expose students and future investigators to research in a lab or field-based setting, and further their interest in public health or global health. It includes mandatory didactic sessions and seminars, and is an opportunity to establish a career-building network. Participants are expected to pursue their research training full time, defined as 40 hours per week, and also attend all program events (if based in St. Louis). At the end of the eight weeks the students will give presentations at a student research symposium.


  • The 2019 application cycle opens November 1, 2018.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent the week of March 4, 2019.
  • The 2019 list of mentors and their project descriptions will be made available to accepted students in March 2019.
  • The program will run from June 3 – July 31, 2019.

Application Package

Online Application Form   

Reference Evaluation Form

The deadline for submission of the application package for the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program is Friday, February 1, 2019. 

Students who have challenged themselves and excelled academically; demonstrate experience overcoming substantial educational, cultural or economic obstacles; are first-generation college students; or, can demonstrate a strong interest in bringing diverse people together, are encouraged to apply.

Applications also are encouraged from veterans and from international students currently pursuing a bachelor, master or medical degree in the United States.

A complete application package includes the following:

  • The online application form with curriculum vitae, personal statement (maximum 750 words) and transcript(s) uploaded in ONE PDF. Transcript(s) from your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institution(s) are preferred. Unofficial transcripts are also accepted. Please read instructions on the form.
  • Online reference evaluation form and uploaded reference letter preferably from academic, research, and/or science faculty members who know you well academically. The evaluation form must be completed by your reference.
  • Please note: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the reference completes and uploads the evaluation form and reference letter by midnight on Feb. 1, 2019. No applications with be accepted after this date/time.

Related Materials


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Past Summer Research Programs

2018 Student Symposium Recap
2018 Program and Seminar Series
2017 Student Symposium Recap
2017 Program and Seminar Series

2016 Student Symposium Recap
2016 Program and Seminar Series
2015 Student Symposium Recap
2015 Program and Seminars Series
2014 Student Symposium Recap