Students in the Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track 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 $4,000 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

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

Students participate in research in a lab or field-based setting, and further their interest in public health or global health. They are guided by Faculty Mentors from across Washington University in St. Louis. The program 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). The eight-week program concludes with student presentations at the research symposium.

2019 Public and Global Health students visit Little Medical School where young students learn topics related to health, wellness, and biological processes.


The 2021 program has concluded. Meet the 2021 Public & Global Health Cohort!

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 the best candidates for the program.

Veterans and international students currently pursuing a bachelor, master or medical degree in the United States are encouraged to apply during the open application period.

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Past Summer Research Programs