"Over the summer of 2009 I worked in the School of Public Health with Dr. Sheana Bull. I was able to assist her in a sociologically based research project focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention in the population of adolescents who are ethnic minorities. Dr. Bull uses technology in innovative ways to convey health information - for this project we used the social networking site MySpace. After my summer internship I was able to continue working with Dr. Bull and her team of research assistants. I have since worked on other projects, all of which have built a foundation of skills and independent thought processes that will be helpful for graduate school. It's been a great learning experience, and I've worked with great people who have been encouraging and supportive, providing me with resources to make my goals reality."
- Nora Lee, CU Denver Alumnus
"I was at Kaiser East in OB/GYN. I got exposure to both the clinical and surgical-hospital setting which was amazing. All the doctors and nurses were very enthusiastic and willing to show me as much as possible during my time there. Definitely picked up some great shadowing experience as well as motivation to continue with my studies."
- Iwona Pena, CU Denver Alumnus
"My experience in the UPP program has been invaluable to me. I have had the opportunity to work alongside educated health professionals, learn about cultural competency in health care settings, and meet people who continue to inspire me to move forward with my goals in life. The program, as a whole, has helped me become a more rounded individual and has sparked my interest in areas of health care I have never considered. After taking full advantage of all the opportunities in this program, I can say with complete confidence that I will never be the same; UPP changed my life!"
- Tate Van Winkle, CSU Fort Collins Alumnus
"Not only have I learned the necessary steps to take in order to get into my desired professional program, but also, the different health disparities taking place in our health care system today. Learning about these disparities has given me a true passion for why I want to be a health care provider, and this program has opened my eyes. Working with such prestigious students and mentors has given me guidance in my school work, as well as life. Even though I have not yet decided my specific path, this program has opened up doors for me to continue my search."
- Heather Curry, CU Denver Alumnus
"UPP has changed my life in many ways. First of all I never thought of having an opportunity to explore my field of interest which is nursing as a freshman at the Anschutz Medical Campus. It is an experience that can't be comparable to anything I have done in my life. Thanks to UPP I got the chance to participate in this summer program to shadow real midwifes and nurses. I got to shadow in two locations: the Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Sheridan clinic. It is an unforgettable experience; I saw 5 real live births thanks to my awesome preceptor Erica Shwartz. I also got to work with babies, kids, and adolescents that are low income in the Sheridan clinic. My shadowing experience made me realize that I want to pursue a career working with babies they were my biggest interest on a daily basis at the Anschutz Medical Campus. My shadowing experience was awesome but the UPP program also help me learn more about health disparities and many cultures with all the videos and workshops we did. I loved to see the videos of the different cultures and learn from them. The Saturday academies have also been very helpful they have helped me learn more about my skill, and knowledge towards others. The UPP has gave me confidence and more energy to keep on my nursing career it has showed me that nothing is impossible and education is everything in life. I want to give thanks to everybody that helped put this program together: Solicia, Dominic, Vicky, Andrea, my preceptors, and now Christian who is our new coordinator."
- Maricela Ortega, CU Denver Alumnus
"Almost two years ago I was given one of the best opportunities in my life. I was able to be a part of an up and coming program called the Undergraduate Pre-health Program. This program is based out of the office of diversity and gives under privileged students the chance to investigate and get a feel for the health industry.
"It was last summer that I stumbled upon what I want to do for the rest of my life. Not only did this program allow me the opportunity to get a taste of the many different options pertaining to the medical field but the program also gave me the chance to talk to an array people in that field and determine for myself what I thought about it. Everyday throughout the program we had fun events planned as well as mentors in different areas of the medical field that we were able to assist and take guidance from for the entire summer. I feel that this was exactly what I needed to help me figure out where and what I want to do with my future. Being that I am a multi-cultural student and that I have no family members in the medical field this program really gave me the tools I need to get where I want to go. The staff really helped me out by introducing me to people who could help with my applications, admissions, and decisions on where and what I wanted to do. Before being selected for this program I had absolutely no clue on how to go about applying for a graduate school. Through this program I was able to receive help and guidance from friendly, knowledgeable people, and with their help I will hopefully be attending dental school next fall. If it weren’t for this program I don’t think that I would ever have had neither the tools nor the confidence to even try and apply for graduate school. I think that this program has an amazing concept and could help many young students just like me make their dreams come true."
- Amanda Campbell 2007 (Currently a third-year Dental Medicine Student at CU Anschutz)