Summer Research Program for undergraduate minority students @ Penn- Deadline 2/1/2009


SUMR @ Penn

The Health Care Management Department (HCMD) of the Wharton School and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) are seeking applicants for our summer research program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students and interested others. The Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program, in its ninth year, provides rising sophomores, juniors and seniors with an opportunity to receive a generous monthly stipend to conduct health services research and epidemiology on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty.

The purpose of SUMR is to prepare and encourage top students to pursue academic and research careers in health services research and epidemiology. Candidates from minority groups that are underrepresented in the fields of health services and epidemiology (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander) are particularly encouraged to apply. In addition to conducting research, SUMR Scholars will participate in an orientation program, attend weekly seminars, attend the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Chicago, and network with health services researchers and epidemiologists. The program runs from late May through mid-August and currently is funded by LDI, HCMD and the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). Past supporters, and/or supporters of individual SUMR Scholars, have included the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Penn’s Center of Excellence for Diversity Health Education and Research, Penn’s School of Nursing, the Provost’s Diversity Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Health Equity.

I would appreciate your passing this information on to students who may be interested in a summer internship in research, and/or, if possible, posting a link to the SUMR program ( on your web site.

Interested students can get program details and the on-line application due February 1st, by visiting SUMR’s web site at

Please contact me at or (215) 898-1655 if you have any questions.

Joanne H. Levy, M.B.A., M.C.P.

Deputy Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

3641 Locust Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104


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