Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Spend six weeks at Rush University Medical Center conducting research in a vibrant academic medical environment in the heart of Chicago as part of the Rush Summer Research Scholars Program, or RSRSP. The next available program will be held in 2021.

Research at Rush is unique because we work on projects beyond the basic sciences. As a RSRSP participant,  you will work on a project in translational, clinical or community research. In addition to conducting research, all summer research scholars will participate in weekly enrichment activities to help prepare you to apply to medical school.

RSRSP is open to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or are known to be underrepresented in medicine and health-related sciences.

Read more about the 2020 research scholars program in the Rush news story, “Aspiring Medical Students Get Research Experience and Mentoring During the Pandemic.”

Student in lab

Program Overview

  • Work with an established Rush faculty mentor on a new or existing research project in translational, clinical or community research.
  • Collaborate with research team members, including current Rush medical students, who are conducting research.
  • Attend weekly presentations and lunch discussions with faculty, staff and students on topics related to Rush Medical College admissions, community service, career advising and student life.
  • Prepare an abstract of your research and present your results to your peers and research mentors at the end of the program.

Review the research abstracts from the 2020 program. [PDF]

Review the research abstracts from the 2019 program. [PDF]

Program Dates

July 6 - August 13, 2021

RSRSP Eligibility Criteria

  • Students from groups that are underrepresented in medicine and health-related sciences
  • College juniors, seniors (rising or graduating), or current students or graduates of a post-baccalaureate program in the basic sciences
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents or students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Ability to reside in the Chicago area for the duration of the program
  • Completion of coursework in the following:
    • Chemistry (two semesters, biochemistry preferred),
    • Biology (two semesters, cellular or molecular biology preferred),
    • Math (two semesters)
    • Physics (one semester recommended)
    • Statistics (one semester recommended)
RSRSP Research

Additional Program Details

  • You will earn a $3,000 stipend to cover personal expenses ($1,500 after the third week and $1,500 at the end of the program). Academic credit is not available with the program, but students will receive a certificate of completion.
  • Housing is not provided; students must make their own arrangements if they do not reside in the Chicago area.
  • All students must complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g., vaccinations or special training) prior to starting the research program.

Application Instructions

The application for Summer 2021 is now open. All applications are due March 15, 2021.

Your online application must include the following:

  • Statement of purpose (500 words or less): Please tell us why you are interested in the summer research program. Your statement should include past undergraduate studies, health care, research, service and leadership experiences that have influenced your interest in the program. 
  • Resume (2 pages maximum)
  • MCAT scores (if available)

To complete your application, the following information must also be submitted:

  • Two letters of recommendation: One from your academic advisor and one from a leader/supervisor from your health care, research or service experience. Letters must be on an official school/organization letterhead and submitted by the recommender.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Proof of health insurance coverage

Select students will be invited for an interview with a member of the Rush Medical College faculty over the phone, in person or via Skype.