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PUMAS Summer Internship Program

Are you a community college student interested in doing research in a lab this summer? Then the Gladstone Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences (PUMAS) internship program is for you! We are now accepting applications for this summer; the deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm.


About the Gladstone Institutes
To ensure our work does the greatest good, the Gladstone Institutes focus on conditions with profound medical, economic, and social impact—unsolved diseases of the brain, the heart, and the immune system. Affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, Gladstone is an independent, nonprofit life science research organization that uses visionary science and technology to overcome disease.

About the PUMAS Program
The PUMAS program was established in 2014 by Melanie Ott, MD, PhD, a senior investigator at Gladstone, and Kathryn Ivey, PhD, director of the Stem Cell Core at Gladstone. It is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health through a grant that supports educational activities that enhance diversity in biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. The PUMAS program supports historically under-represented community college students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

  • Limited to 8 qualified students (see below for eligibility requirements)
  • Nine-week summer internship from Monday, June 12—Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Students will be paid minimum wage ($14.00/hour, effective July 1, 2017) and work part time (~30 hrs/wk)
  • PUMAS interns will work one-on-one with a scientific mentor doing hands-on biomedical research in a laboratory
  • Location of internship is at the Gladstone Institutes, 1650 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA
  • During the summer, PUMAS interns will also participate in regular weekly meetings with their mentors, labmates, and fellow interns
  • Housing is NOT provided. Students are responsible for their own housing and their own transportation to and from Gladstone. However, students are eligible for a housing/travel allowance of up to $2,400


Eligibility Requirements

  • No prior research experience required
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply (international students are NOT eligible for this program)
  • Be currently enrolled as a community college student who is planning to transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a BS in a STEM field
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50
  • Successful completion of two semesters of college-level science courses with a lab component (chemistry and molecular biology preferred, but not required)
  • Emphasis is placed on identifying applicants who are historically underrepresented in the sciences (African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Native American), including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or students with disabilities.


Application Process

  • Complete the PUMAS online application form, which requires uploading the following documents: answers to essay questions, resume, and your most recent college transcript(s) (unofficial is allowed). You must also supply the name and email address of one or two science faculty/professors at your college who can provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Recommenders will be sent a request via email when you submit your application, and they will be able to submit their letter online via a link in the email. They will be instructed to submit their letters by Monday, March 6th, and they can submit a personal letter or use this evaluation form.
    For students who do not have a computer/internet access, please contact Paul Li, Science Education Lead (contact information below), for a pdf application that can be mailed in.
  • Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
  • Students will be contacted for interviews in April and notified of their acceptance by May 1.


Commitment to Diversity
Gladstone is committed to broadening participation in biomedical research. We strongly encourage students from historically under-represented groups in the sciences to apply to the PUMAS internship program, including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or students with disabilities.

If you have questions, please contact:
Paul Li
Science Education Lead
Phone: 415-734-2593
Fax: 415-355-0826