Public & 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 has ended.

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), 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.

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 has ended.
  • 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.

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.

We also encourage veterans and international students currently pursuing a bachelor, master or medical degree in the United States to apply during the application period.

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.
  • 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.
  • Please note:  The 2019 application period has ended. No additional applications will be accepted at this time.

Please direct questions to

Past Summer Research Programs

Related Materials

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