Summer Undergraduate Research
Program Information

The Summer Undergraduate Program has been discontinued until further notice.
Information on this page is for historical purposes only.

Goals and Expectations

The Program is meant to promote the research opportunities available in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 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

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.

In addition, students must:

  • be full-time undergraduates 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 recommendation letters from at least two professors (upon request).
Timeline - 2017 Program

Duration: May 30 – August 4, 2017.
Deadline for applications: February 7, 2017.
Invitations/Offers: E-mailed by February 27, 2017.
Deadline for offer acceptance: March 3, 2017.
Winners announced: March 6, 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.

Application Submission

Thank you for your interest in the Doisy Summer Undergraduate Program.

The Program has been discontinued until further notice.

Summer 2017 Applicants

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

  • Alexandra Bess, University of Iowa
  • Greer Gurewitz, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Matthew Jellinek, Rockhurst College
  • Sophia Joseph, Saint Louis University
  • Sumrah Khan, Saint Louis University
  • Stephen Plassmeyer, Truman State University
  • Hayley Stiers, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Saint Louis University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Missouri
  • Lindenwood University
  • Washington University
  • Other (1 each/11 total)
Past Doisy Summer Research Scholars
From Saint Louis University And Worked In David Ford's Lab
Nina Razavi
University Of Delaware/Baldán Lab
Jay Subramoney

For the summer program of 2016, we received a total of 48 applications submitted by students from 30 institutions.

The 2016 Doisy Summer Undergrads were:

  • Nina Razavi (Saint Louis University/Ford lab)
  • Jay Subramoney (University of Delaware/Baldán lab)
Monica Carron (Truman State University/Vindigni lab). Mary Claire McGlynn (Creighton University/Cho lab). Megan Fabry ( Notre Dame University/Vindigni lab). Catie Knoverek (Notre Dame University/Ayala lab).
Monica Carron, Mary Clair McGlynn, Megan Fabry, and Catie Knoverek

For the summer program of 2014, we received a total of 32 applications submitted by students from 6 institutions.

The 2014 Doisy Summer Undergrads were:

  • Monica Carron (Truman State University/Vindigni lab)
  • Megan Fabry (Notre Dame University/Vindigni lab)
  • Catie Knoverek (Notre Dame University/Ayala lab)
  • Mary Claire McGlynn (Creighton University/Cho lab)

Where are they now?
Monica Caron plans to enter the Physician Assistant Program at SLU
Megan Fabry is a Graduate Student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Catherine Knoverek is a Graduate Student at Washington University
Mary Claire McGlynn is a Medical Student at the University of Illinois-Chicago

Jordan Jessie (Truman State University/Baldan lab). Lisa Clark (Truman State University/Di Cera lab). Jared James (Truman State University/Skowyra lab).
Jordan Jessie, Lisa Clark, and Jared James

The 2012 Doisy Summer Undergrads were:

  • Jordan Jessie (Truman State University/Baldan lab)
  • Lisa Clark (Truman State University/Di Cera lab)
  • Jared James (Truman State University/Skowyra lab)

Where are they now?
Jordan Jesse received his MS degree from SLU
Lisa Clark is a Graduate Student at the University of Pittsburgh
Jared James is a Medical Student at Washington University

From Kansas State University And Worked In Enrico Di Cera's Lab
Matthew Brettmann
Truman State University/Ford Lab
Sierra Dickey
University Of Michigan/Gonzalo Lab
Rachel Johnston
Missouri University Of Science And Technology-Rolla/Cho Lab
Jonathan Kopel

For the summer program of 2015, we received a total of 38 applications submitted by students from 19 institutions.

The 2015 Doisy Summer Undergrads were:

  • Matthew Brettmann (Kansas State University/Di Cera lab)
  • Sierra Dickey (Truman State University/Ford lab)
  • Rachel Johnston (University of Michigan/Gonzalo lab)
  • Jonathan Kopel (Missouri University of Science and Technology-Rolla/Cho lab)

Where are they now?
Matthew Brettmann is a Senior at Kansas State University
Rachel Johnston is a Graduate Student at Washington University
Jonathan Kopel is a Research Assistant at Texas Tech University-Houston

Merlow Dunham (Saint Louis University/Ford lab). Andrew McLaughlin (Saint Louis University/Di Cera lab). Kawen Zhang (Saint Louis University/Yap lab).
Merlow Dunham, Andrew McLaughlin, and Kawen Zhang

The 2013 Doisy Summer Undergrads were:

  • Merlow Dunham (Saint Louis University/Ford lab)
  • Andrew McLaughlin (Saint Louis University/Di Cera lab)
  • Kawen Zhang (Saint Louis University/Yap lab)

Where are they now?
Merlow Dunham is a Law Student at SLU
Andrew McLaughlin is a Medical Student at Georgetown University
Kawen Zhang is a Nursing Student at Barnes-Jewish

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology