To build a more supportive pathway for underrepresented University of California, Berkeley, undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine, we continue to develop our Undergraduate Research Internship program (URI). Annually, URI engages 16 interns in a meaningful research project, clinical shadowing at UCSF and Kaiser Oakland, didactics, leadership training, and extensive mentoring during the 8-week program, as well as through the medical school application process. The program directors also support the growing network of URI graduates who contribute back through peer-to-peer support, and by mentoring new URI interns.
URI Program Update
During Summer 2019, URI graduated its 11th cohort of UC Berkeley undergraduate students.
The URI 2019 Cohort during their summer research internship activities
URI's 10th Anniversary Celebration
The Undergraduate Research Internship Program celebrated 10 years during a special anniversary dinner at UCSF Mission Bay on Monday, July 16, 2018.
URI's co-founders, co-directors, research mentors, URI graduates and supporters gathered together to commemorate this milestone and reflect on the many impacts of the program's first decade.
Photographer: Colin Huang
Pictured here: URI Alums and 2018 URI Interns at the 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2018
Pictured here: URI Co-Directors Dr. Andrea Jackson, Dr. Juan Guerra, & Dr. Patricia Robertson with Keynote Speaker Dr. Lee Jones
Hear from URI Alums
“[URI] is such a motivator. I have never been so certain that I can become a physician one day. I hope other people who have similar goals can feel the same way I feel now.” – URI Graduate
“URI restored my passion for medicine and my confidence that in making it. It also made me aware of the many ways to become a physician and gave me access to valuable contacts who can help me achieve my goals.!” - URI Graduate
A few of our URI graduates have shared about their experiences in the URI program. Please take a look at what they have to say!
|Oliver Guevarra||Maggie Cobian|
|Jaspreet Singh||Marisela Cardenas|
|Leah Timbang||Kathrin Zimmerman|
|Adan Garcia-Mecinas||Zina Ogunnaya|
Did you know that of our URI grads:
30% have obtained a non-MD degree since graduating from URI.
20% are currently attending medical school.
7% have graduated from a medical school program.
43% work in healthcare currently.
18% work in research.
9% work in public health.
- Admission offers to our URI grads include: UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, UCD, UCI, USC, Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard, Washington University, Columbia, Mount Sinai and the University of Washington