SUMR Application

Thank you for your interest in the SUMR Program at the University of Pennsylvania. This program is open to rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors or seniors interested in exploring the field of health services research. The SUMR 2011 program will start on Tuesday, May 31st and go through August 12th.

To apply to the SUMR Program, please follow this link to our Online Application

In addition to the online application form, we also require the following supplemental materials

  • A resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A high resolution photo of yourself

Instructions for submitting the supplemental documents are embedded in the online application as well as listed below.

Please Note: An application will not be considered complete until all required components are received.

Application Timeline:
Application Deadline: February 1, 2011
Applicant Interviews: March 2011
Admission Notifications: April 2011

Application Review Process:
Only complete applications will be reviewed. The top 20% of the applicant pool will be selected for interviews. Applicants not chosen for interviews will be notified. Applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted to schedule a phone or in person interview. A final admission notice will be sent to interviewed applicants within two weeks of the interview.

Additional Materials Required:
For your application to be considered complete, the following must also be emailed to Megan Pellegrino by February 1, 2011:

1. Two letters of recommendation

  • The letters should address something important about the applicant, including a description of academic and personal characteristics, especially related research aptitude.
  • The letter should be sent directly from the recommender via email as a .pdf attachment.

2. A current resume

3. A transcript of your undergraduate coursework - does not need to be an 'official copy'

4. A photo of yourself (.jpg, .gif or .tif) - In the subject field, please type "photo_your last name, your first name"

Questions? Please email Joanne Levy, Deputy Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics phone at (215) 898-1655 if you have further questions about the SUMR program or the application process.

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