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Stowers Summer Scholars


Each student participating in the Stowers Summer Scholars Program works on an independent research project under the direction of a principal investigator. The program offers Stowers Scholars the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time ten-week period. Topics include chromatin and regulation of gene expression; chromosome structure and cell division; computational biology, modeling and technology; developmental genetics and cell biology; developmental neuroscience; and stem cells and regeneration.

Scholars have opportunities to interact and collaborate with other members of their laboratory and the Stowers community as a whole. In this way, Scholars experience not only the intellectual but also the collaborative spirit of research. In addition, Scholars have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest techniques in laboratories and supporting core centers, which are equipped with the most advanced technology.

Application deadline for the 2016 Stowers Summer Scholars Program is now past. We are still accepting recommendation letters and transcripts until February 5th.

Please email us if you have any questions.


The Stowers Summer Scholars Program requires a ten-week commitment during the summer. Stowers Scholars spend the vast majority of their time in the laboratory. There they work on a research project while receiving guidance and supervision from the laboratory head or a senior member of the lab. All Scholars are required to attend weekly scientific seminars on an array of research topics. Other activities include a weekly lunch where Scholars can share ideas and discuss individual projects and experiments. At the completion of the program, Scholars present their work in an All-Institute poster session.

Along with the scientific/ research aspect of our program, all-Scholar social events are planned in the summer of 2015, including visits to Worlds of Fun, a Royal baseball game, the Kansas City zoo, and tours of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Movie nights and weekly social meetings are also planned.


To be considered for the program, candidates should have completed one year of undergraduate studies with at least a 3.2 GPA (for international applicants, see our FAQs section). They should be enrolled in or just graduated from a degree-granting program in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, chemistry, physics, computing, engineering, mathematics, or a related field.  Applicants who have begun a Ph.D. program or will begin a Ph.D. program in Fall 2016 are not eligible. Previous Scholars are eligible. All Scholars must be 18 years of age or older prior to their start date.

Allowances and Amenities

Each Stowers Scholar from the U.S. receives a $4,000 stipend and, if requested, is provided accommodations near campus. Travel to and from Kansas City is provided at the beginning and end of the program to non-Kansas City residents.

Each Scholar from outside the U.S. receives housing and a generous meal card, as well as travel to and from Kansas City at the beginning and end of the program.  The Stowers Institute assists International Scholars with their visa application.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research boasts a beautiful campus, a cafeteria, gym facilities, and an espresso bar. Amongst other things, Kansas City is well known for its barbecue, an expansive farmer’s market, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, which are within walking distance from the Institute. Summer festivals include a Shakespeare in the Park, First Fridays (Art galleries downtown are open to the public), Memorial Day concert, and more.

Program Dates

The program requires a full-time ten-week commitment. In 2016, applicants will participate during the following sets of dates: 

May 16 – July 22, 2016
June 6 – August 12, 2016
July 5 – September 9, 2016

Application Notification

All applicants will be contacted by e-mail whether or not they are selected for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program.  Applicants who are selected for the program will be notified on or before April 15, 2016.

Contact Us

Please be sure to read the FAQs section. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the Stowers Summer Scholars Program.

Ana Pedraza
Stowers Summer Scholars Program Coordinator