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Graduate Experience for Multicultural Students

Graduate Experience for Multicultural Students (GEMS) - School of Medicine
 

GEMS For Health Professional Students

GEMS-HP


The GEMS-HP program is designed to provide summer research opportunities to students who are currently enrolled in a health professional programs including Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physicians Assistant and Public Health.  Students must already be in their health professional program during the summer that they participate in GEMS-HP.  Students who were recently accepted to a health professional program but will not start that program until the following fall semester are not eligible for the GEMS-HP Program.  Each year, the GEMS-HP program runs for 8-10 weeks starting the on the first Monday of June and selected GEMS-HP participants must be able to attend for at least 8 weeks, but 10 weeks is preferred.  In order to get the maximum benefit from the program, GEMS-HP students will be expected to commit full-time the program and will not be allowed to take extended vacation or days off during the program period.  Students who are US citizens or Permanent Residents from the continental US and the US territories are welcome to apply.  The eligibility requirements are:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a health professional program
  • Must be Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Must be from one of the following underrepresented student populations:  Low-income/financial need, First-Generation college attendee, ethnic identity as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Islander

Program Activities: 

GEMS-HP Program activities will include lectures in molecular and biochemical techniques, research seminars presented by program faculty and professional development workshops.  The majority of the time, students will be expected to work in a research project.  Before arriving to the program, students will be matched with a research mentor.  During the first week of the program students will design and develop their research project with advice and guidance from their research mentor. With guidance from their research mentor, GEMS interns will write a manuscript-style report of their results and deliver their research findings in a 15-minute oral presentation at the end of summer

Stipend / Living Allowance

GEMS-HP interns will receive a stipend/living allowance of $711 per week.  Out-of-State GEMS-HP participants will be housed in shared student dormitories on our undergraduate campus.  Students will need to pay for meals, local transportation and for a portion of the room and board expenses out of the stipend.  GEMS staff will facilitate summer accommodations.

Transportation

Interns will receive round-trip transportation to and from Denver.  Airfare will be paid by the GEMS program and students who choose to drive to Denver can be reimbursed for mileage up to the cost of the airfare for the equivalent trip.

2006 GEMS rafting on the Arkansas River 

GEMS rafting on the Arkansas River

Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado opened the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado in 2004.  The campus houses modern clinical facilities in the in-patient hospital, the Cancer Center, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and the Anschutz Out-Patient Pavilion. It is also home to updated and well-equipped research facilities.  Two hundred research laboratories, including all the basic science departments, moved to this new state-of-the-art facility in the summer and fall of 2004. Available facilities include those for general biomedical research and a full range of specialized research facilities with state-of-the-art equipment including instruments for flow cytometry, X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry / proteomics, NMR, ORD, CD, surface plasmon resonance (BiaCore), fMRI, DNA sequencing, gene array analysis, and electron and confocal microscopy.

The Denver Metropolitan Area

A modern metropolis of over two million residents, metropolitan Denver offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational facilities. The climate in Denver and its environs is exceptionally pleasant, with mild, sunny winter, and warm, dry summers. Numerous year-round recreational opportunities are afforded by the Rocky Mountains and other nearby attractions.