Summer Program for Underrepresented Students (SPURS)

New York, ,
United States
Term: Summer

Designed to expand the pool of medical and biomedical research applicants from diverse and economically disadvantaged groups whose members have been underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research

The SPURS program provides intense research fellowship experiences on the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons campus to undergraduate students from Universities in the City of Greater New York. The experience is intended to (a) provide meaningful training in biomedical research, and (b) enhance the students’ ability to achieve a career in biomedical research and/or medicine by pursuing an advanced degree (either Ph.D., M.D./ Ph.D. or M.D.). In addition to specific training in the indicated research area, the students receive in-depth training in biomedical research methodology.

Students who are accepted into the program will be assigned a faculty mentor, attend weekly seminars and workshops, and given a $4,000 stipend for living expenses.

Housing accommodations at Columbia's Morningside Heights campus can be arranged for a fee paid by the program participant. Financial support for housing accommodations is subject to funding availability. No meal plan is provided.


• US citizens or permanent residents
• Undergraduate student. Please note that preference will be given to students who are rising juniors or seniors
• GPA of 3.2 or above
• Underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander) and/or students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (such as first generation college attendee or low income)
• Interested in pursuing graduate education in a biomedical field (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD)

For additional information about the program and application requirements visit SPURS.

Fact Sheet

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Fellowship Type:
Summer Opportunity
New York, ,
United States
North America

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 3, 2020