Summer Health Professionals Program

The goal of the program is to introduce students in the health professions to biomedical research by allowing them to work during the summer in a research environment under the guidance of an experienced investigator.


First-year dental students at MUSC can apply using an internal application. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. If applicants are on a pass/fail system, they must provide a letter from their Dean's office certifying that they are in good standing and passing with a 3.0 or above. Students with Ph.D. research degrees or extensive research experience are not eligible for this program. A student may not hold other employment during the period of the award. The program is administered through the College of Graduate Studies, Suite 101 in the Bioengineering Building. The host sponsor must have adequate resources to support the proposed student project.


Students will be awarded a living allowance ranging from $3000.00 to $4000.00 for 10 weeks. Students accepted for the program should be prepared to be able to support themselves for the first 2 to 3 weeks of the program while they are being processed through the University’s HR/pay system.

When students are accepted into the SHP, they are enrolled in the course CGS-723: Summer Health Professions Research Experiences. This is a 10-week summer course that provides Professional students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member on a funded research project and acquaints the students with an area of specialized research currently under investigation in the faculty member's lab. The course will provide hands on experience with many research skills, which may include subject recruitment, outcome testing, data entry, analysis, cell, and molecular biology techniques, to name just a few. There will also be a lecture component to this course.

Tuition for this course is waived for SHP participants.