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Gateways To The Laboratory Summer Program FAQ

Find out more about applying to the Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program.

Q: Who is eligible for the Gateways to the Laboratory Program?

A: College freshman and sophomores who are members of underrepresented minority groups or otherwise disadvantaged groups, as described by the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

This summer program is for students who are seriously considering pursuing a career as a physician scientist. This is not an appropriate summer program for those students who know they only wish to attend medical school in the future.

Q: How should I submit my application?

A: The Gateways to the Laboratory Program offers an on-line application through The Leadership Alliance. 

Q: Will you accept letters of recommendation which are emailed to you?

A: All letters of recommendation must be submitted through The Leadership Alliance application online.

Q: What is considered proof of citizenship/permanent residency?

A: Only the following documents will be accepted as proof of US citizenship/permanent residency:

  • A full validity U.S. passport
  • Certified U.S. birth certificate; or
  • Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240); or
  • Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization from USCIS

Please note, a copy of a social security card is not considered proof of citizenship.