Edward A. Doisy Department of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Doisy Undergraduate Scholar Summer Research Program

Program Information

Goals and Expectations:

The Program is meant to promote the research opportunities available in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Pharmacology & Physiology, and Pathology at Saint Louis University among undergraduate students interested in pursuing Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. training in the Core Graduate Program at Saint Louis University.

Accepted students:
  • will be matched according to their interests with faculty sponsors after meeting them during an orientation day at SLU in March.
  • will become familiar with the selected area of research prior to starting their summer research.
  • will spend 10 summer weeks working full-time as part of their sponsor’s research team.

Summer students will learn about the research interests and career paths of current students and faculty in the department. Students will give an oral presentation at the end of the Program highlighting their research project.

Criteria for admission:

Students must:
  • be full-time undergraduates who are eligible to work in the US.
  • have completed at least two years of college.
  • have an interest in science as documented by college transcripts, an essay/personal statement, and, when requested, recommendation letters from at least two professors.

No previous research experience is required, but students must be familiar with basic laboratory techniques and literature reading, which are typically provided by undergraduate courses such as quantitative analysis, cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry/chemistry.


Duration of the 2017 Summer Program: May 30 (Tuesday) - August 4 (Friday), 2017.
Deadline for Applications: February 7 (Tuesday), 2017.
Invitations/Offers: e-mailed by February 27 (Monday), 2017.
Deadline for offer acceptance: March 3 (Friday), 2017.
Winners announced: March 6 (Monday), 2017.

Early Orientation Day at SLU will be scheduled in the spring prior to the May start date.


Each student accepted for the Doisy Summer Research Program will receive a stipend of $6200 for the duration of the program, to cover the cost of housing, meals, and transportation. Housing options will be discussed at the time of orientation in the spring.

All students are expected to have no other work arrangements for the duration of the Program. Employment as a Summer Research Student is dependent on passing a background check and medical screening prior to beginning work.

Submission of applications:

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Doisy Summer Undergraduate Program. The application deadline was February 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m. CST, and no further applications are being accepted at this time.

Please note that Letters of Recommendation and transcripts will be requested only for selected individuals after the initial review is completed. The Program Director will contact References via email and provide a link to the online recommendation form sometime in mid- to late February 2017.

Program Contact Information:

Program Administration:
Tracey Baird
Phone: 314-977-9201
Program Director:
Dorota Skowyra, Ph.D.
Phone: 314-977-9280

2017 Applications:

For the 2017 application cycle, we received a total of 39 applications submitted from 16 different institutions, as detailed in the chart to the right.

We are pleased to announce that the following students were selected for the 2017 Doisy Summer Undergrad Program:

  • Alexandra Bess, from the University of Iowa
  • Vahe Gharakhanyan, from the University of California-Berkeley
  • Greer Gurewitz, from Washington University in St. Louis
  • Matthew Jellinek, from Rockhurst College
  • Sophia Joseph, from Saint Louis University
  • Sumrah Khan, from Saint Louis University
  • Stephen Plassmeyer, from Truman State University
  • Hayley Stiers, from the University of Missouri-Columbia

Students from all previous years of the program can be
viewed here: Previous Participants.
Applicants by School