Pathology Graduate Training Program
Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP) -
Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Program Description

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP) is designed to provide stimulating and rewarding research opportunities for undergraduates considering graduate education in the Biomedical Sciences. The program is sponsored and administered by the CMP Graduate Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and run in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is a premiere biomedical research center and provides an excellent opportunity and environment for students to gain research experience under the mentorship of internationally recognized scientists and clinicians.

The goal of this program is to provide students the opportunity for a hands-on research experience. Each student will conduct an independent research project with the guidance from a faculty member. At the end of the ten-week program, the student will present his/her research to members of the department at a Research Presentation Day.

The CMP program combines both basic science and clinical research to explore fundamental questions related to the biology of normal cellular growth and differentiation, as well as the cellular and molecular pathways leading to human diseases. Our faculty explore many facets of human disease, with active programs in cancer research, molecular genetics, neurodegenerative diseases, transplantation, gene therapy, and molecular diagnostics. Please view the listing of our Faculty (see the Listing) for additional information concerning specific research projects and interests.

Interested undergraduate students will need to complete a SURP application form, provide a personal statement describing their research interests and career goals, submit an unofficial transcript from the student's undergraduate institution, and obtain two letters of recommendation from a faculty member(s) and/or a mentor familiar with the student's academic performance. A full desciption of the program and the application form can be found at Students receive a stipend for the ten-week research program. Additional moneys for housing and travel may also be available.

For specific information about the Pathology program contact:

    Michael Oertel, PhD
    Department of Pathology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    200 Lothrop Street
    S-BST, Rm. S-404
    Pittsburgh, PA 15261

    Phone: 412-648-9727
    Fax: 412-648-1916