Colorado Undergraduate Summer Program (CUSP)

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

Application deadline: February 3, reviewed on a rolling basis

The Webb-Waring Center based CUSP Program trains diversity and non-diversity undergraduate students in biomedical research for 10 summer weeks (June 3 – August 3) in the University of Colorado Medical School on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. CUSP students receive a $4,000 stipend, housing, travel and a $500 food supplement.

               CUSP is a highly competitive national program. For CUSP 2017, the applicant pool included approximately 20 undergraduates each from the targeted Universities of Notre Dame, Princeton, Yale, and Williams along with multiple undergraduates from Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, Colorado and other universities.

               Under the direction of selected University of Colorado faculty, CUSP students conduct translational immunology and inflammation research and then present a formal scientific poster of their work at the end of the summer. Students also daily attend morning interactive conferences where they learn about research, research ethics, statistics, publication and grant preparation, professional school application, resume preparation, and careers in biomedical research, medicine, and health professions. Students meet with admissions officers from Medical School, Graduate, and MD/PhD (MSTP) Programs. Students form lasting relationships with CUSP faculty mentors. Students also tour and learn about various medical school centers including the Emergency Medicine Department, the Colorado Assessment Practitioner Center (CAPE) which includes robotic instruction and evaluation, the Visible Human Project, Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units, the Radiology Teaching Unit, the Colorado Career Counseling Center, and other enterprises. Students are introduced to medicine by learning how to analyze and present clinical cases used to teach first year medical students. Interns also live on the Denver downtown University of Colorado campus with other summer interns and participate in numerous social activities available in Colorado.

               CUSP was founded and is directed by John E. Repine, MD, the Waring Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatrics.

               CUSP students are supported by NIH grants, endowments created with the help of Brian Fitzgerald and established at Princeton University and Williams College, the North Foundation, the Department of Medicine, the Medical School, and generous donors.  Support can include a stipend, housing, food, and travel allowances depending on each intern’s needs and available funding.

                If you are interested in participating in CUSP, please forward your resume, a   letter indicating your career interests, contact information, and the continuous dates that you will be available during the summer to John.repine@ucdenver.edu. Interns are accepted on a rolling basis.  If you have questions, please call Dr. Repine at 303-917-4257.