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Pathway to the PhD

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Due to the challenges associated with the COVID19 pandemic, we are not holding the Pathway to PhD program this year. Please see the schedules listed below for an idea of the program dates and application process for Jan 2022.

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.

Admission is by application using our online application.


P2P applications are usually due in November. Check back for the date for the 2022 program.

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
  • a GPA of 3.2 and above is recommended but not required

P2P applicants are typically notified in early December. Check back for the date for the 2022 program.

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

For information on the application process, contact Ariella Green, Program Coordinator for the Office for Multicultural Affairs

Contact Information

Aimee Shen, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
MEB 8th Floor
Ariella Green
Program Administrator
Phone: 617-636-2469

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