Pathways to Advanced Degrees in Life Sciences


Pathways StudentsThe program starts with a ten-week summer research education program at UMD. The program includes academic enrichment workshops with laboratory experiments, and ends with faculty-directed research. Some of the workshops include: Problem-based Learning, Student Success, Journal Club, and Public Speaking. The program will help you make contact with a mentor, advance academically and prepare for graduate school.

Pathways students may be compensated for up to 15 hours a week during the academic year as a research assistant in the laboratory/institution of a researcher (faculty-directed research), and 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during a summer research experience at UMD. Students are encouraged to present their research at a national science meeting, with all travel costs covered by the program. Additionally, each student receives a budget for research supplies.

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  • Must be enrolled full time at the University of Minnesota Duluth with a minimum of 48 credit hours. Students must have at least 2 years of full-time enrollment before graduation.
  • Must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or permanent residents. Permanent residents must have a registration card I-551.
  • Must be enrolled in a STEM major or Psychology, with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA or higher.  A 3.0 GPA must be maintained to be competitive for graduate school and to remain in the program.
  • Students from the following racial and ethnic groups can apply: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. These groups have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis.  
  • Students with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are defined as:
    • Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size; published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at HHS - Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement. For individuals from low income backgrounds, the institution must be able to demonstrate that such participants have
      1. qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance,
      2. they have received Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL) or Loans for   Disadvantaged Student Program, or
      3. they have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.
    • Individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

Selection Criteria

All students interested in the program must complete and return the following (Please click links to download forms):


Deadline for application is March 31, 2017. Students will be notified of our decision by April 14, 2017

Mary Cannedy-Clarke
SMed Room 327
1035 University Drive
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812
218-726-7414 Fax
218-726-7970 Office

Funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R25 GM086669