FRONTERA Summer Internship

Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) Summer Internship provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to prepare for medical school, hands-on research experience, and an increased understanding of public health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Participants are matched with faculty mentors engaged in biomedical and public health research that has an impact on border communities. Participants travel to the city of Nogales, visit health care facilities and public health agencies on both sides of the US-Mexico border, and participate in service learning activities. Concurrently, participants develop an in-depth understanding of the pathway to medical school: including study and test-taking skills; preparations for the MCAT and drafting a personal statement. In the final week, participants present the outcome of their research on the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) poster session.

Who should apply?

  • Undergraduates who will be juniors and seniors in Fall 2014, graduate students, and post-bacc students interested in medicine are all welcome to apply.
  • At a minimum, applicants should have completed one year in biology and general chemistry, and have an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Students from rural and US-Mexico border origins, first-generation college, socio-economically disadvantaged, members of federally-recognized Native American tribes, and from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine (Hispanic, Native American and African American) are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are required to be current University of Arizona students or recent graduates (May of 2014).

Program Dates:  June 3 to August 12 (10 weeks)

  • FRONTERA is a FULL time program. Students should not seek concurrent employment that may conflict with the program schedule.
  • Students are expected to make a commitment to the program and attend all events. Trips, including some overnights, are regularly planned to the US-Mexico border area. The FRONTERA program covers travel expenses to the border area.
  • Students will require a passport for a class trip to the Mexican side of the border. As wait time for new and renewal passports has increased in past years. If you do not currently possess a passport, or if it will expire before the end of the program, please have it processed and returned prior to June 1st.
  • Students will be registered in a 6 credit course.

The application closed on February 28, 2014. If you submitted an application before the deadline, you will be notified by the end of March. Thank you for your interest in the FRONTERA Summer Internship.

For additional information, please contact Alejandra Zapien Hidalgo at 520.621.5592 or azapien8@email.arizona.edu.