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2024 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program is a 10-week summer program designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility. Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis. Fellowship recipients will select a mentor with a clinical or research project based in a university, research facility, hospital or clinical facility in the U.S. or Canada. This fellowship includes a $6,000 stipend, which is based upon an expectation of a 40-hour per week effort for 10 weeks (May to September), dates to be mutually suitable to the mentor and fellow.

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Sponsored by the AAPM Education & Research Fund. Additional funding provided by the AAPM Northwest Chapter.

Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Award Winners History

Student Eligibility

  1. Each student applicant shall have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies, but shall not have graduated. Students who graduate prior to the fellowship start date (Spring 2024) are not eligible.
  2. Applicants shall have declared a major or be eligible to declare a major in physics, engineering, or other science. Applicants shall have completed a mathematics course in differential equations. Applicants shall have also completed at least one of the following courses in physics, or their equivalent in engineering sciences: modern physics, quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism.
  3. Summer Undergraduate Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of the U.S.; DACA students are welcome to apply.
  4. Prior fellowship recipients not eligible.

To be submitted no later than 11:59pm ET on February 5, 2024:

  • Official transcripts of all university study sent to karen@aapm.org directly from the institution. Do not delay in requesting official transcripts. Transcripts which do not arrive by the deadline may result in disqualification of the applicant. These transcripts will be uploaded to your application by Karen MacFarland.
  • Two letters of reference sent to karen@aapm.org. These letters will be uploaded to your application by Karen MacFarland. Consider sending these guidelines to your (two) recommenders.
  • CV uploaded as a .pdf to the application. Use the CV template.
  • Please write a personal statement, approximately one page, describing why you are interested in the fellowship program. Please include in your statement a discussion regarding (1) your interest in medical physics; (2) any previous academic, professional, or extra-curricular work as a part of a team; (3) any previously demonstrated interests in medical physics or healthcare; and (4) how the fellowship would be beneficial to your professional trajectory; (5) how your intellectual, problem solving, interpersonal, and intrapersonal strengths will contribute to a fellowship experience.

You will be asked to confirm you have read these Fellowship Requirements.

Student Application Deadline: February 5, 2024
Recipients Notified: February 28, 2024

Deadline has passed

Mentor Eligibility

Each selected fellow will have a mentor employed by a university, a research facility, a hospital or clinical facility, or a radiological industry within the United States or Canada.  Mentors must be a faculty medical physicist in a university environment, a person working in a medical physics related field or a qualified medical physicist.  Each mentor must be a full member of AAPM. Attestation of Employer support and Indemnification is an application requirement. More information on Mentor Requirements and Guidelines.

In the application the mentor will specify a period of 10 weeks during the summer academic period (May to September) during which the mentor will be responsible for the supervision of the undergraduate student fellow.

Mentor Application Deadline: February 5, 2024

Deadline has passed

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland