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The 2020 Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute will not take place this summer because of Duke University’s COVID-19 guidelines. In keeping with the University’s requirement that large gatherings be cancelled and the uncertainty of how the novel coronavirus will behave in the warmer months, we must cancel our program.

We regret this and are hopeful that those of you who are currently first-year students will consider us for the 2021 program. Those of you who are sophomores are welcome to be in touch with us for pre-health advising.

During this time, all Duke University School of Medicine staff are working from home. You can reach us with questions via email at You can also leave a voice message at 919-684-5882. Please give us a day or two to reply as we adjust to our new reality.

I know that many of you are in a virtual environment at your own institutions. I hope the transition has not been too disruptive and that you will all successfully complete the semester. Reach out to your institution’s resources if you need assistance and look deep inside for the strength and resilience that has brought you this far.

Finally, please abide by the guidelines for your personal health that have been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both agencies are posting regular updates. Your state department of Health and Human Services is also posting regular updates. These are your best and most reliable sources for COVID-19 information.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We invite you to keep in touch. Stay well.

Maureen D. Cullins, AM
Director, Multicultural Resource Center
Associate Director & Sr. Advisor, Master of Biomedical Sciences Program
Director, Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute
Duke University School of Medicine

The Duke University Summer Biomedical Sciences Institute (SBSI) is a free, six-week summer residential experience for rising sophomore and rising junior premedical college students.  Recognizing that the academic record is the largest barrier to matriculation to medical school, our program takes a two-pronged approach to preparing students to apply and matriculate to medical school.  First, academic content prepares participants for success in the prehealth sciences.  And second, advisement provides a plan for success throughout the undergraduate years.  The Institute targets students who are underrepresented in the health professions (African American, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American, and Alaska Native), or who are disadvantaged, or who desire to work in underserved communities.

The 2020 program dates are June 6 – July 18, 2020.

The application opens December 13, 2019.

Click the “Apply Today” button above to access the application. (Please note that data entered prior to December 13, 2019 will not be saved.)

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.

Select the tabs above to learn more and to apply.