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Health P.A.S.S.

Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program – Health P.A.S.S. – is a great way to prepare for and enhance your chances of getting into medical or health professions school. Health P.A.S.S. provides you with key insights and hands-on experience in a variety of health professions. Get a head start in exploring careers in medicine, health care and science at a top-quality university that prioritizes student success. At Health P.A.S.S., you’ll find out what it’s like to be a physical therapy, physician assistant or medical student as you...

Learn from lectures and presentations in four clinical areas: osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy and physician assistant studies.

  • Enjoy hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulations with life-like medical mannequins and labs to test your casting, suturing and surgery skills.
  • Shadow doctors and other health care providers in the on-campus clinic.
  • Prep for medical/health professions school by participating in mock interviews and giving presentations to enhance your confidence and success.
  • Receive guidance from student mentors and interact with DMU faculty, students and staff.

Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Preference is given to qualified undergraduate applicants from underrepresented populations in medicine and health care.

Minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.

A minimum 3.2 GPA is recommended.

Applications are due February 15. Supporting materials are due no later than March 1.

Visit for more information and to apply.

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NASA Internships

NASA internships are paid educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for undergraduate community college students. These internships integrate participants with NASA mentors to engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. Participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals. NASA internships are full time and conducted at 1 of 10 NASA facilities.

For more information on eligibility & to apply, please visit:

For specific questions, please contact:  Dr. Janis Fowler at or


NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Program

Community college students interested in exploring a STEM career at NASA can apply to become a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar.

Scholars learn about past, present and future Mars mission in a 5-week online session. Scholars who successfully complete the web-based activities may be eligible for a 3-day workshop at NASA, where they will:

  • Work on a team project directed by NASA engineers
  • Attend briefings by NASA engineers and scientists
  • Tour NASA facilities
  • Open the door to a world of career possibilities at NASA!

Visit the NCAS website for additional details:

Please contact Dr. Janis Fowler with additional questions at (281) 792-8680 or email

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Formerly as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), the SHPEP program has been shaping careers and changing the lives of pre-medical and pre-dental college students for 27 years. Today, the SHPEP initiative has expanded to include other health careers, such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant and public health. Hosted at 13 institutions across the nation, SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/ Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/ Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. For additional information, please visit For information specific to the Houston site (UT Health Science Center Houston), please visit

SHPEP information sheet


NSF REU in Integrated Nanomanufacturing at Boston University 

Applications are available for Boston University’s NSF REU site in Integrated Nanomanufacturing, an engineering and nanotechnology based summer research experience. The program accepts students currently enrolled in community college and who are freshman through juniors at four-year colleges. 

The link to the application site is:

NSF REU Information Sheet


Research experiences in Software Systems and Analysis at Texas State University

The research experiences for undergraduate students in Software Systems and Analysis is funded by NSF CISE and is hosted by the Department of Computer Science at Texas State University. There are 10 positions for this 10-week program. Benefits will include a $500 stipend, travel reimbursement of up to $600, free on-campus housing, and a weekly meal allowance of $120. 

To apply, visit

Paid Bionetworks, Biophysics, and Nanotechnology Summer Research Opportunities at Rice University

Internships are available to participate in ten week research-immersion programs at Rice University during the summer, which provide stipends (~$5,000). No prior research experience is required.
The goal of these programs is to provide community college students first-hand experience with cutting-edge research in a range of departments, including biology, chemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering, physics and more). A description of the three different programs can be found at: 
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If you are interested in the nanotechnology program, you should include a short (one page) personal statement at the end of your CV in the application. A link to the application can be found at:
If you have any questions about the summer program or application process, please contact Dr. Joff Silberg ( at Rice University.