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 Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University among undergraduate students interested in pursuing Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. training in areas relevant to Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology.

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.

The research experience will be supplemented by an informal seminar series in which 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.

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: January 31 (Tuesday), 2017.
Invitations/Offers: e-mailed by February 21 (Tuesday), 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. The housing options will be prearranged at the time of orientation in March. All students are expected to have no other work arrangements for the duration of the Program.

Submission of applications:

The application deadline for the summer of 2017 will be January 31, 2017. We will begin taking applications for next year in mid-December 2016.

Program Contact Information:

Dorota Skowyra, Ph.D.
Phone: 314-977-9280

2016 Applications:

For the 2016 application cycle, we received a total of 48 applications submitted from 30 different institutions, as detailed in the chart to the right.

Applications for the summer of 2017 will be accepted soon.

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