Summer Research Program

The Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis and its Global Health Center will offer an eight-week summer research program in 2018 with opportunities for students to develop public or global health expertise and experience.

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 and a free Metrolink transit pass for non-WashU students
  • For students working at an international site, travel to and from St. Louis to the research site will be covered

Applicant Requirements

The 2018 application period has closed.

The 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) currently enrolled at the time of participation in the program, or matriculating in fall 2018, 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.

Related Materials


  • The 2018 application cycle opens November 1, 2017.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent the week of March 5, 2018.
  • The 2018 list of mentors and their project descriptions will be made available in March to accepted students.
  • The program will run from June 1 – July 31, 2018.

Application Package

The deadline for submission of application package for the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program is Thursday, February 1, 2018.

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 documents:

  • The application form.
  • Two recommendation letters and reference evaluations forms sent by the references; preferably from academic, research, and/or science faculty members who know you well academically.
  • Transcript(s) from your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institution(s) are preferred. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Personal statement – maximum length 750 words.

The application package documents must be sent in one PDF to Only the reference letters and evaluation forms should be submitted online by the references. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the entire application package, including the reference letters and evaluations forms submitted by the references, is received by February 1, 2018. Early application and submission of credentials is strongly encouraged.


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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