Summer Programs Partnership

The Summer Programs Partnership (SPP) is a collaboration of summer research program coordinators from across our campus, which includes both University- and externally-funded programs. The SPP allows coordinators to strengthen their programs by:

  • expanding their reach by pooling resources to host combined events
  • tapping into existing administrative and programmatic structures
  • troubleshooting common issues
  • creating a community of scholars among participants.

In summer 2019, our programs supported 118 students. Most of our programs were cancelled in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current SPP Members

Beckman Scholars Program

The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience (nine academic calendar months, two three-month summers) for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or interdisciplinary combinations thereof.

Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Chemistry REU provides students with an opportunity to engage in full-time, cutting-edge chemistry research.

Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) Internship

GSRM provides a ten-week summer research program for undergraduate students interested in genomics research, personalized medicine and biosciences. The GSRM is funded by an NIH Research Education Program (R25) and supported by the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics.

Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

PathMaker Scholars Cancer Research Program

The PathMaker Scholars Summer Research Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented students in biomedical cancer research and to encourage students to prepare for careers in research, medicine, and education. The program sponsors students for a ten-week residential summer research experience, where they will live on campus, learn laboratory training techniques, and work on a project as indicated by a principal investigator in a university laboratory setting. 

Physics & Astronomy REU

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah offers a research experience program in physics and astronomy that allows undergraduate students to work closely with a faculty mentor and their research group on an individual project. All interested students are invited to apply for this 10-week summer program.

Research Experience in ALpine Meteorology (REALM) REU

REALM will rely on the natural scientific laboratory, provided by the nearby Wasatch Mountains and adjacent urban areas, to enhance student awareness of societal challenges, such as water availability and air quality, that require understanding the influence of alpine terrain on weather and climate processes.

Research Experience in Utah for Sustainable Materials Engineering (ReUSE) REU

The ReUSE REU program will train undergraduates in principles of sustainable materials engineering through a 10-week deeply embedded learning experience alongside skilled mentors. All research projects involve sustainability and are broken into three core areas: water, energy, and resources.

Growing RUUTES: Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) program was created with the goal to increase medical education opportunities in rural and underserved areas of Utah by expanding the interest and awareness of rural health, maintaining and growing quality educational experiences, and developing and enhancing community partnerships with stakeholders. 

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

The purpose of SPUR is to provide undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. The program provides opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of disciplines.

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry’s program provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in scientific research under the mentorship of world-class scientists. Research areas in the department include drug delivery, gene therapy, cell-based delivery, immunotherapeutics and vaccines, precision medicine, and theranostics.

Past SPP Members

Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers REU

From 2012-2017, MRSEC funded exemplary undergraduates in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical) to participate in summer research projects in the areas of Plasmonics or Organic Spintronics.