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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 eight-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 2020 Stowers Summer Scholars Program has now passed.

Applicaitons for the 2021 program will be available in the fall.

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The Stowers Summer Scholars Program requires an eight-week commitment during the summer. Stowers Scholars spend the 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 for the summer, including visits to Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun, a Royals baseball game, Escape room team building, and tours of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Movie nights and social meetings are also planned.


To be considered for the program, candidates should have completed one year of undergraduate studies with at least a 3.0 GPA (for international applicants, see our FAQs section). They should be enrolled in or recently graduated from a degree-granting program in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, chemistry, physics, computing, engineering, mathematics, or a related field. Applicants who are currently enrolled in an MD or PhD program or will begin an MD or PhD program in the subsequent Fall are not eligible. Masters students are eligible, if not in a PhD program. 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 receives a $4,000 stipend for the 8-week program and, if requested, is provided accommodations near campus. Round-trip travel between Kansas City and school is provided at the beginning and end of the program. (For those no longer in school, round trip will be from permanent residence.) 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 symphony concert, and more.

Program Dates

The program requires a full-time eight-week commitment from June 8 - July 31, 2020. (Accommodations in dates may be made to accommodate academic calendars.)

Application Notification

All applicants will be contacted by e-mail whether or not they are selected for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis from February through April 15, 2020.

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, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Stowers Summer Scholars Program Coordinator