Public & Global Health Track

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.

Read more about the 2019 Public & Global Health Track students.

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

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.


  • The 2019 application cycle has ended.
  • The program runs June 3 – July 31, 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 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.

The annual application package includes the following:

  • Please note:  The 2019 application period has ended. No additional applications will be accepted at this time.
  • 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.
  • Two online reference evaluation forms and uploaded reference letters preferably from academic, research, and/or science faculty members who know you well academically. The evaluation forms must be completed by your references.

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Past Summer Research Programs

2018 Student Symposium Recap
2018 Summer Research Program Mentors and Project Descriptions
2018 Program and Seminar Series
2018 Blogs
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