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Programs for Undergraduate Students

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, one of the largest medical centers in New York State, is committed to recruiting and educating talented, disadvantaged students. The College of Medicine's Office of Diversity Education & Research offers a unique opportunity for students to explore the sciences and become acquainted with healthcare professions. Through these programs, our mission is to encourage students to consider a rewarding career in the medicine or research.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program- Applications due March 1, 2018

The Undergraduate Summer Research Program is designed for undergraduate students who have historically been underrepresented in biomedical and health professions. Students will conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Assignments will be made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty sponsors and student participants. Oral presentations are made at the conclusion of the summer.

The program is open to all qualified sophomores and juniors, but it is preferred that students show strong academic promise and come from a background that has in the past denied them opportunities in field of biomedical research.

Please submit all applications via e-mail to Applications are available here


Early Medical Education (EME) Program: Medicine Track- (Applications are not being accepted at this time)

An initiative to increase the competitiveness of undergraduate pre-medical students, early in their college career. The program is designed to provide medical science lectures and academic support. All of the lectures include a case-based learning approach.

Read about 2 of our EME program

participant success stories below



In addition, students will learn time & stress management skills and will have an opportunity for hands-on exposure to medical/ research disciplines through shadowing experiences with clinicians, allied health professionals and research mentors.

Sophomores and eligible juniors only attending one of the following schools:

CUNY: Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, Lehman, Medgar Evers, Queens, York

SUNY: Stony Brook