BLAISER|FRONTERA Summer Internship - Application Deadline

Interested in medical or graduate school? Want to be a more competitive applicant? 

The BLAISER|FRONTERA Summer Internship is a cutting-edge 10-week undergraduate research experience that provides an extraordinary laboratory training opportunity by pairing the junior and senior level student-scholars with preeminent UA health sciences researchers. This a full-time program that will run from June 3th -August 9th .

These participants are matched with faculty mentors engaged in biomedical and public health research that impacts border communities. They will also engage in service-learning activities while developing an in-depth understanding of the pathway to medical school, including study and test-taking skills, preparations for the MCAT & GRE, and drafting a personal statement. In the final week, participants present the outcome of their research in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) poster session.  

Who should apply?

  • All students must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and recent graduate students interested in medicine, nursing, and public health are welcome to apply.
  • At a minimum, applicants should have completed one year in biology and general chemistry
  • 3.0. GPA minimum
  • Students historically underrepresented in health careers are especially encouraged to apply.

What will participants gain from this program?

  • Mentorship by a UA biomedical researcher or medical scientist working on translational research
  • Master the medical and graduate application process
  • Learn about minority health disparities
  • Participation in prep courses at no cost on GRE and MCAT to make students more competitive.
  • Travel to the border OR rural areas in AZ to learn about health disparity 
  • Create and present a research poster at UROC.
  • Share experiences with students who are pursuing similar goals and objectives

Want to apply? Please apply through this REDCAP form. There is no deadline as of now, but this website will be updated when that is know. 

Questions? Please reach out to either Program Coordinator, Ycied Talavera, MPH, or the Program Director, Alejandra Zapien-Hidalgo, MD, MPH.


April 23, 2024 (All day)

Event Contacts

Ycied Talavera, Program Coordinator