PUMAS (Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences) is our flagship internship program aimed to increase the representation of underrepresented groups in the sciences.

Selected applicants will:

  • Gain hands-on lab experience in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Work with a scientific mentor on an individual research project
  • Network with research faculty and scientific trainees
  • Learn lab skills and techniques, including lab etiquette, lab safety training, and pipetting basics
  • Improve their skills with workshops and experience in public speaking and science communications
  • Increase their understanding of different careers paths in science
  • Receive approximately $6,000 for the internship

Learn more about the impact of the PUMAS program.

2019 Cohort by the Numbers

88%
75%
were from
underrepresented
populations

Alumni

were first generation
college students
69%
89%
of mentors were still in
contact with their mentee
in the last year
completed or are currently
attending a 4-year
institution
88%
were from
underrepresented
populations
75%
were first generation
college students

Alumni

69%
of mentors were still in
contact with their mentee
in the last year
89%
completed or are currently
attending a 4 year
institution

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be currently enrolled as a community college student who is planning to transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).
  • Current undergraduates at a 4-year institution will be considered for the 2021 program.
  • Have successfully completed at least two semesters of college-level science courses with a lab component (chemistry and molecular biology preferred, but not required), before the start of the PUMAS internship.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50.
  • Prior research experience is not required but applicants with prior research experience in a lab or bioinformatics will be given priority.
  • Prior PUMAS interns are encouraged to apply.

Emphasis is placed on identifying applicants who are historically underrepresented in biomedical research, including students of certain ethnic backgrounds (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islander Americans), students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or students with disabilities. In-state candidates are preferred.

About the PUMAS Program

The Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences (PUMAS) summer internship program aims to provide historically underrepresented community college students with lab experience before they transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

2021 Program Details

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to host a modified version of this program with some or all aspects held virtually.
  • Gladstone follows a comprehensive COVID-19 protocol and the 2021 PUMAS program is dependent on the status of the pandemic. For latest updates on the 2021 program or to learn more about Gladstone’s COVID-19 guidelines reach out to the program administrators.
  • The program is limited to twelve (12) qualified students.
  • Selected participants are paid minimum wage ($16.07/hour) and work part-time (20–25 hours per week).
  • The dates for the 2021 PUMAS internship program are tentatively from Thursday, July 1, 2021, to Friday, September 10, 2021, but interns will only need to commit to an 8-week period during this time frame.
  • PUMAS interns are assigned a project and conduct hands-on biomedical research in a lab, working one-on-one with a scientific mentor.
  • Throughout the summer program, PUMAS interns also participate in weekly meetings with their fellow interns. They periodically attend networking sessions and workshops on various topics, including résumé writing and scientific communication.
  • The program ends with a virtual poster session, during which each PUMAS intern must present his/her research results to the community of Gladstone scientists and trainees.
  • The internship will take place at Gladstone Institutes, located at 1650 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94158. Some aspects of the program may be held remotely depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Housing is not provided. PUMAS interns are responsible for their own housing and their own transportation to and from Gladstone. However, interns are eligible for an allowance to support housing, travel, or remote working.

The PUMAS program was established in 2014 by Melanie Ott, MD, PhD, a senior investigator at Gladstone, and Kathryn Ivey, PhD, former director of Gladstone’s Stem Cell Core facility. 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.

Questions

Contact Sudha Krishnamurthy, director, postdoctoral and graduate student affairs academicaffairs@gladstone.ucsf.edu