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Pathway to the PhD

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The Pathway to the PhD (P2P) program is a 3-week mentored, hands-on, research-intensive experience for juniors and sophomores that runs during the January break for UMass Boston undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical research.

For 2022, the program will run from January 3 to January 21.

Admission is by application using our online application.


The deadline for the current year is November 8, 2021.

Online Application

Apply using our online application.

Preference given to juniors and sophomores; freshmen are not eligible.

Required Application Documents

  • two letters of recommendation from faculty who know you
  • a personal statement covering your interest in biomedical research and the P2P program, career goals, relevant experience
  • a diversity statement detailing your commitment and/or contribution to diversity to the biomedical sciences
  • a GPA of 3.2 and above is recommended but not required

P2P applicants will be notified by December 8, 2021.

For information on the P2P program, contact Aimee Shen, PhD, Program Director.

For information on the application process, contact Lyn Fulton-John, Program Administrator.

Contact Information

Aimee Shen, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
MEB 8th Floor
Lyn Fulton-Jones
Program Administrator
Phone: 617-636-2469

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