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UCSF/Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate Research Internship (URI)

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'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

Current URI Interns and Alums at 10th Anniversary Celebration

Pictured here: URI Alums and 2018 URI Interns at the 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2018

URI Co-Directors Dr. Jackson, Dr. Guerra, Dr. Robertson with Keynote Dr. Lee Jones

Pictured here: URI Co-Directors Dr. Andrea Jackson, Dr. Juan Guerra, & Dr. Patricia Robertson with Keynote Speaker Dr. Lee Jones

URI Program Update

During Summer 2018, URI graduated its tenth cohort of UC Berkeley undergraduate students.

The URI 2018 Cohort

“[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

Video Testimonals 

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!

FileOliver Guevarra FileMaggie Cobian
Movie iconJaspreet Singh Movie iconMarisela Cardenas
Movie iconLeah Timbang Movie iconKathrin Zimmerman
FileAdan Garcia-Mecinas Movie iconZina 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