Charles Ross Summer Fellowship for Underrepresented Students

Opportunity Description:

This Charles R. Ross Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program was established in memory of Dr. Charles Richard Ross, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School. During a summer at Michigan Pharmacology, students will conduct an intensive research project with faculty and graduate students. Throughout the summer, all students will engage in a series of academic and professional development seminars. At the end of the 10-week project, students will present their research to the department. 

The summer programs goals are to:

  • Introduce students to and prepare them for advanced studies in a Ph.D. program
  • Build professional and personal networks to support student’s interest in the field
  • Encourage students to apply to a Ph.D. program at U-M

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be full-time college students
  • Have completed at least two terms
  • Have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Devote 10 consecutive weeks to full time laboratory research
  • Be a member of an underrepresented group*

*Groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences include: A) individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented nationally defined as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and B) individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Application Process: 

A minimum of one letter of recommendation is required, applicants may have up to three.  One of the letters must be from an academic reference. Letters must be uploaded by the application deadline. Applicants are encourage to request their letters a minimum of two weeks in advance of the deadline, through the application portal, to allow their recommender(s) adequate time to upload their letter. 

Application deadline generally falls sometime in January or February. 

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