Skip to main content

Summer Scholars

Spend the summer doing research

The Stowers Summer Scholars Program is an intensive research internship at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research for those interested in a research career.

Side view of woman smiling in front of science poster

An intensive 8-week program for undergrads

Stowers Summer Scholars spend 8 weeks over the summer conducting full-time research under the guidance and supervision of a Principal Investigator 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. The Summer Scholars program is supported by a generous donation from the Stowers Foundation.

Key Dates

  • 2022

    Oct

    17

    Application open

  • 2023

    Feb

    17

    Application deadline

  • 2023

    Jun

    05

    Program begins

  • 2023

    Jul

    28

    Program ends

Become a Summer Scholar

Apply now

What you’ll experience

The Stowers Summer Scholars program provides great experiences in an unrivaled research environment.

  • An independent research project under the direction of a Principal Investigator
  • Immersion in a Stowers laboratory with a highly interactive and collaborative research environment
  • Experimental access to the latest techniques and technologies
  • Intellectual and social opportunities with other Scholars, laboratory members, and the Stowers community
  • Laboratories studying fundamental biological processes in the fields of chromatin and regulation of gene expression; chromosome structure and cell division; computational biology, modeling and technology; developmental genetics and cell biology; developmental neuroscience; neuroscience; and stem cells and regeneration.
Student presenting science posters to small group

Summer Scholar benefits

Summer Scholars receive funding support to enhance their experiences in an extraordinary research environment

  • $4000 salary
  • Round-trip transportation between school and Kansas City
  • Accommodations near the Stowers campus
  • Group activities around the Kansas City area
Group of students sitting on Stowers Institute monument sign waving

Program eligibility requirements

Apply to become a Stowers Summer Scholar through the online application at the GradCAS portal. Program eligibility requirements are:

  • Full-time availability during the entire program dates of June 5 - July 28, 2023 (exceptions may be granted because of school calendars, please inquire via email)
  • Completed one year of undergraduate studies by the start of the program
  • 18 years of age or older prior to the program start date
  • 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 currently enrolled in or beginning (in Fall 2023) an M.D. or Ph.D. program are not eligible
  • Previous Summer Scholars are eligible

What you’ll need to apply

Read over your application carefully before submission. It cannot be altered afterward. The application deadline is at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 17, 2023.

A completed GradCAS application:

  • Biographical information
  • Previous laboratory experience essay (including school projects)
  • Statement of interest in Stowers research laboratories
  • Personal statement (optional)
  • Unofficial transcript(s) uploaded to the application (official transcripts from schools will be requested only after acceptance to the program)

Two letters of recommendation:

  • Applicant must request letters from recommenders with enough time for the recommendations to be uploaded by the application deadline
  • Letters are uploaded by recommenders through the GradCAS portal

After the application deadline:

  • All applicants will be contacted by email whether or not they are selected for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program
  • Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis from February through April of the application year

Contact us via email at summerscholars@stowers.edu if you have questions or need additional information about the Summer Scholars program.

Email us

Become a Summer Scholar

Apply now

More about Stowers Summer Scholars

4 students in white lab coats

Take a look at Summer Scholars FAQ

Answers to questions asked by previous summer scholars might help you during the application process.

Summer Scholars FAQ

Spend your summer in beautiful, vibrant Kansas City

Incredible science comes from stimulated minds, and Kansas City is an ideal place to experience a wide range of culture, arts, food and more.

Explore Kansas City

Learn about our incredible research campus facilities

In the heart of Kansas City, you’ll find a ten-acre oasis of stately buildings and gorgeously manicured grounds — the home of our labs as well as our accredited graduate school. And while impressive from the outside, it’s what’s inside that really wows.

Our Campus

Sign up for alerts