Pre-Health Science Advising

Explore health careers

Many students know that they want to work in the health field, but are not yet sure what role they would like to play.  The URGO office provides advising for students interested all areas of the health field and will work with you to determine which area best fits your interests, strengths, and personality.  Because advanced degree programs may have different prerequisites and expectations, we recommend you begin exploring the various health careers early so that you can start working toward your goal.

Start Your Journey to a Health Career

Even if you are uncertain of which health career you would like to pursue, there are things that you can do to put yourself in the best position to apply when the time comes.

  1. Set up a meeting with URGO 
    • Preparing yourself for a health career involves much more than just an application, so it is never too early to seek pre-health advising.  If you are thinking about a career in the health field, please email urgo@augsburg.edu for an advising appointment. We are located in Science Hall, Office  152. The URGO office can serve as a resource throughout your college years and we enjoy seeing students develop their talents and skills during their time at Augsburg.
  2. Set up a meeting with your academic advisor
    • Most pre-health careers have pre-requisites that students must complete before applying to professional school.  Talk with your advisor about these pre-requisites to insure that you can complete them all in a timely manner.
  3. Work hard in classes and get to know your professors
    • While GPA is not the sole factor in determining whether one gets in to a professional school, a strong academic record suggests to admissions committees that you will be able to manage the demands of professional school and the continued learning required in health fields.  You will also need professors to write letters of recommendation regarding your performance and engagement in class, so take every opportunity to participate and further your learning.  Go to office hours, help out in lab, read beyond what is assigned, and talk with your professors about class topics that interest you.
  4. Start volunteering in the health field
    • If you are considering a health career, we strongly recommend that you build a record of sustained involvement as a volunteer or paid employee within the health field.  This time is necessary to gain a good understanding of the various roles within a health care team and the daily tasks that are involved in patient care.  A record of such sustained experience is now expected for application to most advanced degree programs in the health field.  To find such volunteer and work experiences, please see the “Opportunities” tab to the left.
  5. Attend pre-health events on campus
    • Keep your eye on the URGO calendar on our homepage for opportunities to hear from guest speakers and attend workshops, club meetings, and information sessions.
  6. Follow “Augsburg URGO” on Facebook
    • We regularly post pre-health opportunities, application tips, and event announcements on this page.  This is an easy way to stay connected to the pre-health community at Augsburg.
    • The Tabe below highlights Off-campus summer research programs that are focused towards the Pre-health Sciences.
    • Institution Location Research Focus Eligibility Stipend Duration Application Deadline  Application Link
       Roswell Park Cancer Institute Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo New York Wide range, from Cancer Biophysics to Biostatistics Enrolled in their junior year of college at the time of application (graduating class of 2018), A U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident and 15 years or older at the time of application $4,000 Start date:  June 5

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: August 11

      Jan 10 http://www.roswellpark.edu/education/summer-programs/college-students/program-application
      Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, New York City, N.Y. Biomedical Research U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident, & must be a Junior in College. Sophomores with a strong Science bakground are rarely accepted. $3000, housing and $500 for transport Start date:  June 5

      Duration:~10 weeks

      End Date: July 27

      February, 1 2017 https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=AECM-SURP
      Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas Biomedical science, including projects in bioengineering and computational biology. International students are eligible, but must provide all legal documents $5,000 Start date:  May 29

      Duration:~9 to 10 weeks

      End Date: July 28

      Jan. 10.  Transcripts and letters of recommendation are due by Feb. 1. https://www.bcm.edu/education/schools/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/diversity/smart
      Boston University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts Anatomy & Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Experiemental Therapeutics, Physiology and Biophysics. United States citizen or permanent resident. In addition, applicants must be a rising junior or rising senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and  a declared major in a basic, biomedical or life science. Our most competitive applicants have some prior research experience as well. $4800, &$1000 for lab supplies. Flights to and from Boston are covered. Start date:  June 5

      Duration:~9 to 10 weeks

      End Date: August 11

      February 15, 2017 http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/admissions/stars/
      Brigham and Women’s Hospital The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) Boston, Massachusetts Nephrology United States citizen or permanent resident. In addition, applicants must be a rising junior or rising senior with a minimum GPA of 3.4. Eight students are admitted per application cycle.  Housing accommodations and $1000 stipend. Start date:  June 1

      Duration:~8 weeks

      End Date: August 1

      December 31, 2016 http://hskp.bwh.harvard.edu/program/
      Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio Pharmacology Not specified $3000, lodging and food requirements are included Start date:  May 30

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 4

      Jan. 31, 2017 http://pharmacology.case.edu/education/surp.aspx
      Children’s Hospital Research Foundation of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Institutes, Divisions and Centers United States citizen or permanent resident. In addition, applicants must be a rising junior or rising senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0. $4,000 Start date:  May 30 or June 5

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: N/A

      February 1, 2017 https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/education/research/surf
      City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute LA, California Biomedical Research United States citizen or permanent resident and must be 16 years old and above. $4,000 Start date:  Not specified

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Not specified

      March 10, 2016 https://www.cityofhope.org/students-and-youth/summer-student-academy/summer-student-academy-how-to-apply
      Clinical and Translational Science Institute, UMN Minneapolis, Minnesota Pathways to Research Program (PReP) Seeking applicants enrolled at colleges and universities in Minnesota who are from an underrepresented population. $424/week Start date:  June 5

      Duration:12 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 25

      January 19, 2017 http://www.ctsi.umn.edu/education-and-training/career-development-programs/pathways-research-program-prep
      College of Biological Science, UMN Minneapolis, Minnesota Life Sciences and Biochemistry Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US or its possessions.Currently attending an accredited 2- or 4-year institution on a full-time basis. Interested in the Life Sciences and must commit full time to the Program Stipend: $4000, housing is included for a total stipend of $8600 Start date:  June 1

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 12

      February 15, 2017 http://cbs.umn.edu/lssurp/home
      Drexel University College of Medicine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Biomedical Research Applicants must have an interest in pursuing biomedical research (i.e., PhD or MD/PhD) in graduate school and must be in good standing at their respective undergraduate institutions. $3,000 Start date:  June 5

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 11

      February 6, 2017. https://drexel.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmBdwPwSFayluHH
      James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Baltimore, Maryland Basic Science Institute (BSI), Bloomberg School of Public Health, Institute for Cell Engineering and many more centers. Follow link provided to find other opportunities not listed.  U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to apply to the Institute of NanoBioTechnologh or Pulmonary Medicine divisions; students must have completed two years of college (i.e., sophomore) and be either a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident or international student currently studying in the U.S. to apply to the Basic Science Institute division. $3,000 Start date:  May 28th

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 5

      February 1, 2017 http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/education/graduate-programs/student-life/diversity/sip.html
      Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Minneapolis, Minnesota Basic Science Research related to Cardiovascular Diseases Applicants who have a J1 Visa as well as make $1300 per month Stipend: $3000 for highschool students and $4000 for undergraduate students Start date:  June 5

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 4

      February 15, 2017 http://www.heart.umn.edu/educational-programs/summer-research-scholars-program
      Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI)
      Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement – Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)
      Rochester, Minnesota Biomedical Sciences Research Must be a Sophomore or Junior, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. International students are eligible to apply. $6,000 Start date:  Not specified

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Not specified

      February 1, 2017 https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=mayo-gsp
      Lillehei Heart Institute, UMN New York City. NY Projects include laboratory bench research, clinical research, and biostatistics and epidemiology. Applicants must be in their first- or second-year at an accredited US medical school. International students are eligible applicants. $580/week (start and end dates included) Start date:  June 5

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 11

      January 10, 2017 https://summerfellowshipprogram.mskcc.org/login/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fcontent%2fhome.aspx
      Mayo Clinic Minneapolis, Minnesota Working with physician and research staff mentors, interns contribute to clinical research studies and publications that impact patient care. Have a GPA of 3.60 or above (upon offer, will be verified by transcript). Available to work from May 31 – August 18, 2017, during standard office hours, with no more than 16 hours of time away from the office needed. $420/week with taxes deducted Start date:  May 31

      Duration:12 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 19

      January 31 http://mplsheart.org/our-initiatives/internships/the-research-internship-program/
      Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York City. NY Biomedeical Sciences Research Opportunities. Undergraduate students currently in your sophomore or junior year, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. You must have a minimum of three months’ experience in research. Not specified 10 week program and begins in the beginning of June February 1 https://applygs.mssm.edu/security/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f
      Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation New York City. NY Public Health and Biomedical Sciences Research U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or US National, must have completed two years of undegraduate (rising juniors and seniors), and have a minimum GPA of 2.7, applicants must be underrepresented community. Stipend is included, and covers both the round flight to NY as well as housing on the Columbia University Campus Start date:  May 30

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 4

      January 31, 2017 http://ps.columbia.edu/education/student-life/office-diversity/programs/college-and-post-baccalaureate-students/summer-publ
      Mount Sinai School of Medicine Ann Arbor, Michigan Cardiovascular research Any student who is currently enrolled at any degree granting University or College $4,000 Start date: May 30

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: First week of August

      January, 31 2017 https://sites.google.com/site/cvcsummerfellowship/
      Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program Nashville, Tennessee Basic science, clinical, or translational research projects The Program is limited to U.S. citizens (or persons having U.S. Permanent Resident status) earning a  four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited US college or university. The applicant must have a 3.5 GPA or higher in order to be eligible to apply. $1,500 Start date:  Not specified

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Not specified

      February, 1 2017 https://apply.vanderbilt.edu/apply/?pk=SUMMER
      Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP), Columbia University St. Louis, Missouri Biology and Biomedical Sciences U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 $4,000 Start date:  May 30

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 5

      February 1, 2017 http://dbbs.wustl.edu/divprograms/SummerResearchforUndergrads/Pages/Instructions.aspx
      University of Michigan Frankel Baltimore, Maryland Public Health Prevention, Treatment and Epidemiological studies. Be currently enrolled as a rising junior, junior, or senior with a GPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
      Receive their baccalaureate degree within 12 calendar months of the MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation
      Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, permanent resident
      Be able to commit to the length of the program
      $3500, housing as well as flight money can be provided Start date: June 2

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 4

      January 29, 2017 https://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional-training/professional-training-programs/center-for-diversity/mchc-rise-up
      University of Michigan, School of Public Health Baltimore, Maryland Public Health Prevention, Treatment and Epidemiological studies. Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program, Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
      Have the ability to commit to the length of the fellowship
      A $4,000 stipend is provided for all participants
      Housing and round-trip travel are also available for out-of-state fellows
      Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting
      Sponsored membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA)
      Start date: May 29

      Duration:9 weeks

      End Date: July 28

      January 31, 2017 https://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional-training/professional-training-programs/center-for-diversity/ferguson-fellowship
      Vanderbilt University,Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program (UCRIP) Baltimore, Maryland  Health disparities, urban health issues, HIV/AIDS, adolescent health, developmental disabilities, community health, substance abuse treatment and prevention, cancer prevention, and child maltreatment and community violence prevention and treatment Be currently enrolled full-time as a sophomore or junior students minoring or majoring in public health.
      Have a 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.
      Be able to commit to the length of the program.
      Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, Permanent Resident
      $3500, housing as well as flight money can be provided Start date: June 2

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: Aug. 4

      January 29, 2017 https://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional-training/professional-training-programs/center-for-diversity/plluss-program
      Washington University Ann Arbor, Michigan Public Health Research with the CDC U.S. citizen, U.S. National, permanent resident who has completed at least two years of college and must be in good academic standing, (with a GPA of 2.7 or higher) $3000, on campus housing as well as flight money will be provided Start date: May 22

      Duration:10 weeks

      End Date: July 28

      January 31, 2017 http://fphlp.sph.umich.edu/
      Morehouse College, Public Health Sciences Institute Atlanta, Georgia  Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Occupational safety and health Current junior, senior, or recent graduate (within one year) of an undergraduate institution
      Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
      U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
      Not Specified Start date: May 22

      Duration:11 weeks

      End Date: August 8

      January 31, 2017 http://www.morehouse.edu/phsi/grants-imhotep.html
      Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program Upper East Side of New York City Research projects focused on physician scientists Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;

      Underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds or have a disability;
      US Citizens/Permanent Residents;

      Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.

      $4,300, and are reimbursed for their travel expenses Start date: June 5

      Duration:9-10 weeks

      End Date: August 8

      Feb. 1, 2017 http://weill.cornell.edu/mdphd/summerprogram/
      Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan N/A Available in the coming summer to participate in the research training program at Michigan State University
      Currently a full-time student in good academic standing attending a 4-year accredited US college or university
      US citizen or legal resident (green card) residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, or Guam, or a I-551 stamp in their passport. Proof of citizenship or residency may be requested
      From underrepresented populations, or have disabilities, or have financially disadvantaged backgrounds
      $4,800 for the summer, and additional funds are available to cover the cost of program related expenses (housing and conference travel). Startdate:May15                                                     End Date: August 6 Feb. 1, 2017 https://cvm.msu.edu/research/student-research/undergraduate-student-summer-research-program
      Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School Milwaukee, WI Biophysics, Cell Biology, etc Available to International students Competitive stipend Start date: May 31                                                     End Date: August 4 February 1st http://www.mcw.edu/Graduate-School/About-the-Graduate-School.htm