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RFUMS Summer Scholars Program

Lake Forest College offers a unique summer research training program for our science majors at the  Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), located just 10 minutes away from campus by car or train. More than 130 students have participated since 2009. Every summer, 15-20 undergraduates (from first year to senior thesis students) conduct  up to 10 weeks of paid research as RFUMS summer fellows. Alumnae of this program are successfully pursuing PhDs, medical school, physical therapy, optometry, and other scientific careers.

Each student works in specific medical school professor’s lab carrying out original medical research in the areas of cell and molecular pharmacology, neuroscience, cell biology and anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and physiology and biophysics.  The student is eligible to receive summer housing and participate in cafeteria meal plans at Lake Forest College.

Since 2009, more than 130 biology, chemistry, neuroscience, BMB, and psychology majors have been accepted into this program. Several have conducted significant research that led to undergraduate poster prizes at scientific conferences.  Some have co-authored scientific manuscripts published in major journals. All participants have gained exceptional professional mentors among the faculty at this major medical school.

Our fellows regularly present and win honors for their work at Chicago area scientific conferences, such the  Chicago Society for Neuroscience Meeting and the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society for Pharmaceutical and Experimental Therapeutics.

Interested in doing research for college credit during the academic year? 

Note: Some program students also conduct academic year internships at RFUMS, either in the same lab or in a different one. It is not unusual for a student to start with summer research, and continue in the same lab during the academic year, or vice versa.

Barry Kim ’22, a neuroscience student at Lake Forest College, spent this past summer working with Assistant Professor Neelam Sharma-Walia in the Department of Microbiology...
Mary Denichenko ’22 has a singular goal: to attend medical school and become a doctor. Research experience is a critical step in accomplishing this goal, and as a student...
Through the RFUMS Summer Scholars Program, Demetri Maglaras ’23 had the opportunity to clone a gene into a DNA plasmid while studying under Professor Joseph Reynolds at...


Shubhik DebBurman
Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences

Pauline Binder-Finnema
Science & Health Care Pathway Leader