Program Overview

The Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMedRAP) is a 10-week summer research program for exceptional students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. This program is designed to provide a rigorous, in-depth research experience to prepare participants for top-quality Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biological and biomedical sciences. Applications for BioMedRAP are accepted November 13-February 1st. As a BioMedRAP participant, you will:

  • conduct independent research with outstanding faculty mentors
  • work in a cutting edge science and technology environment
  • gain exposure to some of the nation's finest biomedical investigators and an extensive variety of research topics
  • receive individualized career counseling and develop your career interests
  • participate in workshops, seminars and journal clubs
  • build a social network with student peers and faculty
  • prepare to apply to the best Ph.D. and M.D. /Ph.D. programs in the United States

 ​2018 Program Dates:  May 29 - August 4, 2018​ 

BioMedRAP participants will engage in a multitude of activities designed to build confidence and gain experience as a research scientist. In addition to independent research, Scholars will participate in lab meetings and attend scientific seminars and workshops offered throughout the summer by faculty and students. This will allow the participants to interact with those in DBBS and the university community. The workshops are on various topics such as scientific writing and presentation skills, preparing for the GRE or MCAT, team building, and career development. BioMedRAP students present a scientific poster at the end of the summer. They will also receive advice to prepare them to apply to top-tier graduate and professional schools and an understanding of the excitement and path for a career in creating new knowledge.

BioMedRAP is administered by the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) which is also responsible for the administration of Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biological sciences. DBBS will provide activities to integrate BioMedRAP students socially and intellectually with participants in peer summer programs. Scholars will also have an opportunity to explore St. Louis and participate in many planned social activities.

Applications are encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds from around the United States, including Washington University. Prior research, strong letters of recommendation and an interest in Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. training in preparation for a career in biomedical research is recommended for a successful application.

Successful applicants will receive a generous stipend, housing, and travel to and from St. Louis. A free public transportation pass for travel within the St. Louis Metro area is also provided.

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