Who We are and Who is Eligible

In 2017, the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Academy expanded its summer medical research program for high school students to include additional research experiences for academy alumni currently attending college.

The expansion is funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), which launched the Clinical Research Continuum: High School to College program to provide funds for eight institutions, including the Hillman Academy. The goal is to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by providing hands-on experience for students who are underrepresented in biomedical sciences.

Only alumni that were supported by the DDCF during their summer at the Hillman Academy and that are currently enrolled as undergraduates are eligible to apply. Other undergraduate alumni interested in research opportunities can apply as resident advisors.

What Interns Will Do

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Undergraduate Interns (DDCF-UIs) will be placed in a research lab under the direction of a mentor(s) for 10 weeks (May 31 – Aug 6, 2021). They will complete an authentic research project of interest to their mentor and will present their work at the end of the summer similar to Hillman Academy students. DDCF-UIs will also receive academic and career development experiences including responsible conduct of research and ethics training and career spotlight talks from a diverse array of professionals.

Other Details

Dates: May 31 – Aug 6, 2021
Stipend: $4,200
Housing: For those from outside of the Pittsburgh region or that wish to assist as part-time resident advisors, you will receive free housing in one of the University dorms. (Only in the event of an in person program)

Virtual Program: The Hillman Academy and Doris Duke Internship will run this summer regardless of the staus of the pandemic. If labs and dorms are closed we will be doing an online program focused around computational projects. Examples can be found here.


The application for Doris Duke Undergraduate Interns is now: OPEN

Deadline: UPDATED: March 15th for students and references.

Apply Now

If you need more time to apply, please contact the program staff.

For additional questions contact:
David Boone, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Executive Director of Hillman Academy