Skills for Success

Employers are looking for candidates who possess skills that prepare them to make immediate contributions.  In addition to a solid academic background, employers want students, as a university graduate, to have demonstrated ability in the following five skill areas:


Please find the electronic versions of these handouts at the link below that assists students in thinking about how to build these skills.  A special thanks to Jenni Kotowski and Chris Armstrong from DGS!

Summer 2014 Medical and Research Opportuniities

Summer Opportunities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM:The UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a collaboration between UNMC departments, institutes, colleges, student services, and graduate specialty areas to provide summer opportunities for undergraduate students to become members of research teams and discover first-hand the broad spectrum of research activities occurring at UNMC.

Each summer (depending on available funding), there are 80-100 positions available for talented undergraduate students. These full-time research positions are primarily in research laboratories where students work with team members on an ongoing research project. SURP students attend weekly seminars provided by UNMC researchers to enhance their knowledge about research careers and the variety of research at UNMC and their laboratory experience will enhance their competitiveness for admission to graduate programs at UNMC. For more information:

SUMMER MEDICAL AND DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM: The University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of twelve sites of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. SMDEP is a six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.

UNMC’s SMDEP provides pre-dental and pre-medicine scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. for more information:

R.O.S.E. Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

The application for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UCCOM) R.O.S.E Program is now open. The R.O.S.E. program is part research internship, part early acceptance to medical school, and part mentorship. This program is designed for sophomore and junior level students who are Ohio residents or who live in certainIndiana or Kentucky counties that receive Ohio reciprocity.  Only students who have successfully completed one year of college coursework as full-time, matriculated undergraduate students in a four year degree granting program will be considered. Students must be able to commit at least two consecutive summers to a research internship in Cincinnati.

For more information about the R.O.S.E program, including eligibility requirements and how to applyplease visit our website at February 3, 2014 is the deadline for the R.O.S.E. application.

The Ohio State University Medical Center Summer Program

Did you know that The Ohio State University Medical Center has a Summer Program for biomedical students interested in obtaining a dual MD/PhD upon graduation? Check out their website:

The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a 9-week, fully-funded, enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program. While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors; all while working in state-of-the-art research facilities.

The SUCCESS program seeks to identify outstanding students interested in the biomedical sciences with the goal of pursuing graduate education (MD/PhD or PhD). The program seeks to enhance and foster diversity in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences as reflected in culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work, and life experiences. The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

In order to be considered for SUCCESS, students must be graduating in the year of 2015 or 2016, enrolled in a U.S. 4-year undergraduate institution, and be an American citizen or permanent resident.

Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline is excited to announce a comprehensive six week, interdisciplinary summer program. The Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) is available for upper level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and recently graduated students interested in attending a health professions school here at VCU! The program places a strong emphasis on enhancing the academic preparation of students approaching the application process. Upon completion of SAEP, participants will have the tools that will help them to assess their strengths and weaknesses in regards to application to a health professions school.

Highlights of SAEP include challenging course work in the biological sciences, discipline specific instruction, and engaging summer workshops. Students will apply to one of four tracks (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy), and this will determine their discipline specific course material. Participants are provided housing and a stipend to cover program expenses. Please visit their website at for full program details and the online application.

MOST Summer Program

The MOST Summer Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago provides unique research experiences to qualified undergraduate students for the 2014 session. Participants work with faculty mentors to design and conduct a research project. Areas of research include: wound and tissue regeneration, developmental biology, bioengineering, biomaterials, cancer biology, microbiology and immunology. Students will also participate in regular seminars and other larger group activities, as well as prepare for presentation of their research. The application deadline is February 17, 2014. For more information:

Summer Internship Program at John Hopkins University

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities that have completed one – two or more years of college. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health. The program runs ten weeks and a minimum stipend of $3,000 is provided. Housing is provided near our undergraduate campus; the University has a shuttle service that provides convenient transportation between the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutions (JHMI) and the undergraduate campus.   For more information:

ANTH 246: Forensic Science

Lecture meets TR 9:30-10:50 am Natural History Building 228 Discussion/Recitation Meets Mondays and Wednesdays 4 credits.

Students will learn about the history and theory underlying methods used in forensic science. In addition, topics include evidence admissibility in the courtroom, the units of a crime laboratory, methods of securing and investigating a crime scene, and the analysis of evidence collected from a crime scene such as blood, fibers, hair, skeletal remains and fingerprints.  Weekly sections include discussions on ethical, legal and social issues surrounding the forensic technologies, analyses of mock crime scene data, and generating crime lab reports of findings. ANTH 246: Forensic Science, starting SP 14 now fulfills a Life Science GenEd.

Health Professions Wednesday: Summer Enrichment Experiences

When: Wednesday, December 4 6:00pm

Where: The Career Center Conference Room

The first Wednesday of the month join the Career Center for a chance to gain experience in health care and network with professionals in the Champaign Urbana community. This month we will be learning about summer enrichment programs. Come to this session to learn how to utilize your summer breaks to become a more competitive candidate to health professional programs. You do not want to miss it.