Thursday, January 28, 2016

CU's Annual Medical School Admission Deans and Directors Panel and Fair

Columbia's Postbacc Medical Association's Annual Medical School Admission Deans and Directors Panel and Fair will be held on Friday, February 19th

Medical School Fair
Roone Arledge Auditorium of Lerner Hall.
No RSVP is required to attend. All students welcome. 

Dean's Panel 
Roone Arledge Cinema, Lerner Hall
Registration Required. All students welcome.

Event Description
Panelists will discuss the application process and answer questions about applying to medical school. The panel is open only to Columbia University and Barnard College students.


Dr. George F. Heinrich
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Ms. Leila Amiri
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr. Koong-Nah Chung
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Steven Gay
University of Michigan Medical School

Ms. Deborah Benvenger
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

PAID Internship Opportunity with the 2016 NRL Summer Research Program!

The Washington's Center (TWC) is excited to announce a new internship opportunity with the Naval Research Laboratory, called the NRL Summer Research Program, for the summer 2016 term. This new program specifically asks for HBCU/MI students and positions will go fast! 

Accepted applicants will be able to: work 40 hours per week under the guidance of senior NRL staff; conduct hands on laboratory research; be an active participant in major research programs; attend scientific and skill-set seminars; and, sharpen their professional skills through various projects and assignments. 

While many students will be considered, the program is designed for backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Some of the specific projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Molecular Engineering
  • Microbotics: Engineering and Design
  • Cybersecurity
  • Microstructural Studies
  • Elastomers and Functional Polymers
  • Computational Design of Materials
  • And much more!
Internships through the Naval Research Laboratory are fully-funded and paid opportunities. In addition, some support is provided for travel and other expenses. There is no out-of-pocket cost for participation. 

To be considered for this opportunity, applications must be received by February 4, 2016

To submit the application, you must include basic information, your resume and an essay. Letters of recommendation are required, but can arrive after submission. An official transcript will also be required and should be sent as soon as possible. Be sure to choose option 2 (the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative) on the application! 

Apply to the NRL Summer Research Program 

For more information about the program, please visit this site. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Washington Center is happy to assist with the application in any way and we look forward to working with you this year. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jason Giaconia ( and Alexandra Ojeda ( 

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SUNY Downstate Summer Research Program

Program Background
The Undergraduate Summer Research Program offered by the Office of Minority Affairs is designed for undergraduate students who have historically been underrepresented in biomedical and health professions. The program is open to all qualified applicants, but it is preferred that students show strong academic promise and come from a background that has in the past denied them opportunities in field of biomedical research.

Length of Program 
Eight weeks in duration (June-July)
9-5 Monday – Friday schedule
(no conflicts such as jobs or classes)

Fellowships of $3,000 will be awarded.
Housing is not provided.

Applications are reviewed, followed by an interview for selected applicants. 7-10 students are selected for the program each summer. Notices of acceptance are mailed in April.


students will conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Assignments will be made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty sponsors and student participants. Oral presentations are made at the conclusion of the summer.

Past projects have included: 
“Hydralazine-induced Lupus” 
Dept. of Medicine 
“In Vitro Investigation of Pressure Recovery in Aortic Valve Disease” 
Dept. of Cardiology 
“DNA Fingerprinting of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis” 
Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Two years of science completed by the beginning of the summer program.


  • Undergraduate sophomore or junior 
  • US citizen or permanent resident 
  • Competitive undergraduate GPA 
  • Letter of recommendation from science professor 
  • Demonstrated interest in biomedical or public health research 

Program applications 
Applications are available on the SUNYDownstate Minority Affairs Website or your pre-health advising office. Please forward all completed applications to:

Summer Research Program 
SUNY Downstate Medical Center 
Office of Minority Affairs Box 1186 
Brooklyn, NY 11203 
(718) 270-3033