The GEMS Program consists of two separate components, one is made up of undergraduate students and the other, known as GEMS-HP, consists of students currently enrolled in Health Professional training including but not limited to Medical school, a Ph.D. program in a biomedical discipline, Pharmacy, Nursing and Dental school. For more information on the GEMS-HP Program please click on the "GEMS For Health Professional Students" button at the top of this page.
Selected undergraduate GEMS interns will participate in an intense ten-week summer research internship program, from June 1 through August 5, 2016. The program will consist of lectures, professional-development workshops, and a mentored laboratory research assignment. Participating laboratories are drawn from basic sciences as well as clinical sciences Departments at the UC-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus (UCD-AMC) including (but not limited to) pulmonary medicine, pediatrics, neurology, biochemistry and molecular genetics, cell and developmental biology, cancer biology, human medical genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive science, and physiology and biophysics.
The program will include:
- Lectures in biochemistry and molecular biology
- Faculty research seminars in various disciplines
- An eight-week laboratory research project
- Academic skills workshops
- Group social events
Students from around the nation (continental US and US territories) are welcome to apply. GEMS interns are selected on the basis of academic achievement, interest in biomedical science research careers, and inclusion in an underrepresented group or category (first generation college attendee, low income, financial need, or ethnic identity as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander). Successful undergraduate applicants will have completed two years of college and demonstrated aptitude in one or more laboratory science courses. Those who will have already graduated by the start of the program and international students (with student visas) are not eligible.
Accepted students must agree to attend the entire ten-week program. Other eligibility requirements include:
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall; 3.2 in sciences;
- Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one from a science faculty member);
- A personal statement of interest in graduate education and future career goals; and
- A current transcript (copy acceptable).
With guidance from their research mentor, GEMS interns will write a manuscript -style report of their research results and deliver their research findings in a 15-minute oral presentation. Undergraduate GEMS students will be evaluated on their written and oral presentations and their overall participation and performance throughout the summer. The student with the best overall performance will be awarded a paid trip to a national scientific conference to present their summer research project.
Stipend / Living Allowance
Undergraduate GEMS interns will receive a stipend/living allowance of $4000. Out-of-State GEMS participants will be housed in shared student dormitories on our undergraduate campus. Students will need to pay for their meals, local transportation and for a portion of the room and board expenses out of the stipend. GEMS Program staff will facilitate summer accommodations.
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.
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.