Summer Opportunities/Research

2022 Postbaccalaureate Research Matchmaking Event

Wed, January 19th, 2022
9:00am to 1:00pm
Zoom | Register here

UCSF is hosting a matchmaking event for students/trainees who currently have or will have a bachelor's degree by June, 2022 and who are eligible for an NIH Diversity Supplement to meet UCSF investigators and discuss research opportunities funded through diversity supplements. Trainees who apply will have the opportunity to have short, 10-minute interviews with faculty in related research areas. In addition, trainees who make a match will be able to apply to the UCSF PROPEL Program (, which is a new post-baccalaureate program. Trainees interested in attending the matchmaking event please complete the application on the link below no later than December 1st, 2021.

To participate in the matchmaking event, candidates will need to register HERE no later than December 1st, 2021. The form responses will be used to pair candidates with faculty of similar research interests during the matchmaking event. Our last matchmaking event resulted in over 30 mentor/mentee matches.

Additionally, post-baccalaureate trainees who make a match through the Matchmaking Event will have the opportunity to apply to the UCSF PROPEL Program (, which is a new post-baccalaureate program that combines a paid research position (funded through the NIH diversity supplement) in a UCSF lab with career and professional development training sessions, scientific courses, and networking opportunities. The goal of PROPEL is to provide trainees with the research experience and scientific training to be competitive for admission into top-tier research-based PhD and MD/PhD programs and to be successful in these programs.

We would like to invite students/trainees who currently have or will have a bachelor's degree by June 2022 and that belong to a group underrepresented in the sciences (as defined by NOT-OD-20-031; as well as other groups not on that list but that have been recognized as underrepresented at UCSF (such as Filipino, Hmong and Vietnamese) to participate in these opportunities.

You can access our website ( for more information, as well as our FAQs here.


Program for Investigation and Training in Careers in Health (PITCH) is a three-week, unpaid internship at UCSF for current high school students. At PITCH, students will conduct research under the guidance of UCSF students, meet with professors, receive college advising, participate in labs, and much more. See below for key dates:

Program session:
July 12-30, 2021
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Applications due:
Friday, April 30th, 2021

Watch an informative video about the program.

PITCH students are mentored by current UCSF students in the Graduate Division, dental school, pharmacy school, medical school, and nursing school as they complete a group research project and receive one-on-one and small group academic advising from EAOP counselors.

PITCH has three core components:

  • Exposure to Careers in Health - presented through a combination of hands-on workshops or guest lectures, led by UCSF students, faculty and staff.
  • College Awareness - Assists students to better understanding the college search and application process.
  • Group Work on a Research Project - PITCH students research a specific disease, which allows them to develop an understanding for the roles of the various health professionals treating the disease.

PITCH Counselors

UCSF graduate students can earn $1500 this summer by mentoring a small group of students, advising them on reaching personal and academic goals, and fostering a safe, fun, comfortable learning environment.

Learn more about applying to be a PITCH counselor and share the flyer.

UCSF Summer Science Camp

Each June, EAOP collaborates with The School of Pharmacy to support UCSF students in holding a one-week free summer day camp at the Parnassus campus for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students.

Watch an informative video about the program.

Summer Science Camp was established by UCSF School of Pharmacy student Heather Hertema in 2007 to excite, motivate, and inspire youth — especially those who are underrepresented and underserved in natural and health sciences — to pursue the natural and health sciences both in college and as a career. Each year, the camp affords up to 60 students the opportunity to experience hands-on, inquiry-based science. The camp also promotes positive interaction with professional students, campus scientists, and health professionals who serve as role models

2020 Program Cancelled

Following UCSF's Interim Policy on Large Events and Gatherings enacted to limit the community transmission of COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Science Camp has been cancelled.

CURE Internship

The CURE Internship is a paid opportunity for underrepresented minority (URM) high school juniors to spend two months at UCSF supporting cancer research. The internship is a partnership between CSEO and the Hellen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center with the primary objectives of:

  1. Immersing 10 promising URM high school students in career opportunities across the spectrum of cancer research, including basic, clinical, behavioral, and population sciences;
  2. Providing positive training and support for participating students so they will declare a major aligned with biomedical research and seriously consider cancer research as a career option.

The HDFCCC CURE program will not only provide high school students with an exceptional scientific, health and medical environment to further their career interests, but also the opportunity for students' academic and professional development.

Application deadline: March 29, 2021

Download the CURE Internship application or apply online. Please share the program flyer!

Pilot Award for UCSF-JUSTICE

Project Award Amount $10,000 - $30,000

THE UCSF-JUSTICE Committee is dedicated to creating pathways to research mentorship for diverse and underrepresented trainees by UCSF faculty funded by the NIH. UCSF-JUSTICE aims to build capacity for inclusion of historically underrepresented (HU) trainees by facilitating and increasing the total number of funded NIH Diversity Supplement applications by UCSF faculty. To this end, the UCSF-JUSTICE Spark and Bridge Grants provide support for faculty and HU- trainees to generate new and ultimately funded NIH Diversity Supplement applications.

This funding is intended to support HU-trainee/faculty research pairs during the critical start-up and development period leading up to NIH Diversity Supplement Funding. Two grant types are available (please select only one to apply for):

  1. Spark Funding -- $10,000 - $20,000. Spark funds are offered in support of new and developing research pairs who intend to submit an NIH Diversity Supplement or submitted an NIH Diversity Supplement and are awaiting notification. Funds allocated to HU-trainees and to faculty as they design their collaboration, and prepare application materials. Faculty must commit to hiring the trainee.
  2. Bridge Funding -- Up to $30,000. These funds are offered in support of stipend, mentor support, research supplies/activities, and/or other costs associated with the generation of research and data for working pairs with previous unsuccessful NIH Diversity Supplement applications.      

Grants are for one year and are not renewable. A progress report is required at the end of the funding period, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support the expanded/extended projects. Any resulting publication must directly acknowledge the funding agency, Office of Diversity & Outreach.

Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission, no waivers will be accepted.

Who's Eligible
UCSF faculty who have an existing eligible parent award funded by the NIH with at least one year of remaining support after the planned start date.

Applications are due June 7, 2021, 12:00 noon.
Pilot Award for UCSF-Justice application