Thank you for your interest in UPHS! 

The 2022 UPHS application period has closed. 


The goal of the Undergraduate Public Health Scholars program is to provide a mentored summer research experience in public health sciences, with an emphasis on systemic health inequities. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one of the many types of research activities conducted by faculty in the department, from epidemiology of health disparities, to environmental health and health policy.  Students will receive a stipend of $4500 for a 10-week program in research for the summer of 2022. Students are expected to work 40 hours per week, meet weekly with faculty mentors, attend a weekly scientific skills seminar conducted by Educational Enrichment & Outreach Programs (EEOP)/ Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP), and present their research at the EEOP/BUSP Poster Session.

  • Eligibility UC Davis undergraduates who have completed at least 3 years and have at least 1 more year prior to graduation. 

Students from the following backgrounds are encouraged to apply: 

  • Identify as a historically excluded racial or ethnic minority (African American, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latinx)
  • Have a disability
  • Participate in the BUSP or BUSP-STARS
  • Come from a disadvantaged background as defined by the NIH (See the EEOP eligibility page for specific details)
  • Students do not have to be in the College of Biological Sciences. Students from ALL majors/disciplines (including non-STEM majors) are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Interested students should apply via the College of Biological Sciences Educational Enrichment and Outreach Programs for Upper Division Students. Finalists will be contacted to meet with a faculty member to arrange an interview to meet and discuss potential projects. Click here for the application.

Deadline: Application period closed 

Notice of Award:

Program Dates: June 21, 2022 - August 26, 2022

The Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program is funded by the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences.

Other Undergraduate Opportunities in Public Health

UC Davis MIND Institute RISE-UP

CDC Internships and Fellowships for Minority Health

CDC-Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program

Health Career Connection: Paid internships for rising seniors and recent graduates

Past UPHS Scholars and Mentors

Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Alumni 

2021

Kimberly Aguirre (Mentor: Alda De Andrade E Pires, DVM, MPVM, PhD, School of Veterinary Medicine)

Jessica Rangel (Mentor: Candice Price, PhD, Molecular Biosciences )

Harjeet Mann (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD, MFT, Human Ecology)

Catelyn Edwards (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD, MFT, Human Ecology)

2020 

Joan Ashby (Mentor: Miriarm Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery): Winner, ABRCMS Presentation Awards in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 2020 

Sofia Ledesema (Mentor: Keny Pinkerton, Pediatrics- School of Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine): Winner, ABRCMS Presentation Awards in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 2020 

Bianca Puente (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, Human Ecology) 

Neha Singh (Mentor: Kent Pinkerton Pediatrics- School of Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine) 

2019 

Sheccid Torres (Mentor: Kent Pinkerton, Pediatrics- School of Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine) 

Earl Morales (Mentor: Miriarm Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery): Winner, ABRCMS Presentation Awards in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 2019 

2018

Yemi Lawrence (Mentor: Michelle Ko, Public Health Sciences) 

Lia Lopez (Mentor: Efrain Talamantes, Internal Medicine) 

Ricky Rios (Mentor: Miriarm Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery) 

Rosario Lopez (Mentor: Lorena Garcia, Public Health Sciences) 

2017

Sonam Kumari (Mentor: Michelle Ko, Public Health Sciences) 

Veronica Zepeda Pontifes (Mentor: Miriam Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery)

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