Skip to main content

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

The PBF Summer Fellowship Program provides valuable and unique medical research opportunities for Kansas City area undergraduate students pursuing careers in medicine and medical research.


The Parker B. Francis (PBF) Summer Fellowship Program, funded by the Francis Family Foundation, supports promising undergraduate students for a 35 hrs per week, 11-week summer research fellowship starting the Wednesday after Memorial Day and ending on the first Thrusday of August with an experienced scientific mentor in an academic research setting.  The goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue careers in research related to lung disease.  Successful applicants will be students interested in pursuing a career in science or medicine. Summer fellows work as temporary student employees at the University of Kansas.  The PBF Summer Fellowship provides a $10/hr salary to the student for the 11-week work/study period.  The student is responsible for housing and transportation and is expected to comply with all University of Kansas laboratory regulations and training requirements.

PBF Summer Fellows:

  • Conduct research work under the direction of faculty mentors at The University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Participate in bi-weekly meetings, led by Dr. Dhillon, Professor in the Department of Medicine and PBF Summer Fellowship Director. The meetings provide an opportunity for summer fellows to participate in research discussions and give oral presentations on their research work.
  • Opporutnity to work with medical school students and shadow a physician.
  • Prepare and give power-point presentations of their research work at the PBF Research Day event, with the full group of Summer Fellows and Mentors, the Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Francis Family Foundation representatives.
  • Attend Departmental seminar series and Grand Rounds presentations. 

Benefits of a PBF Summer Fellowship, as reported by past fellows:

  • Confirming interest in pursuing careers in medicine and medical research
  • Seeing first-hand the rewards of providing health care and conducting bench, clinical and community-based research
  • Sparking a curiosity and enthusiasm for seeking answers to scientific questions
  • Improved communication skills from research discussions with faculty mentors, graduate students and other summer fellows
  • Improving critical thinking and presentation skills
  • Improved confidence from being able to contribute to important medical research
  • Successful job and school applications in part due to work experience as a PBF Summer Fellow
  • Developing relationships with University of Kansas School of Medicine faculty and staff researchers
  • Developing important friendships with fellow students pursuing careers in science or medicine


Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at the time of application and have:

  • a cumulative grade point average > 3.0
  • completed college-level introductory courses in chemistry and biology
  • US Citizenship or hold a US permanent resident visa
  • plans to pursue a career in medicine or science
  • availability of housing in the Kansas City Metro area during the summer fellowship period


For general program or application questions:

Melanie Bassham,

Laurie St. Gelais, 

For academic questions:

Navneet Dhillon, Ph.D., Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

PBF Summer Fellowship Director,

Polly Parsons, M.D., Chair and Professor of Medicine

PBF Fellowship Program Director,


Last modified: Mar 16, 2021
Application Materials

The application period for Summer 2020 has closed.