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Pittsburgh Undergraduate Research Diversity Program (PURDIP)

Center for Translational and International Hematology




The Pittsburgh Undergraduate Research Diversity Program (PURDIP) is open to minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino American, or Native American) undergraduate students interested in biomedical research.  The 10-week summer program is held on the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus. Students will work with a designated faculty member for 8-10 weeks. Training will incorporate didactic lectures, seminars, workshops, group homework, hands-on research and presentations by the trainees.


2020 Program Dates: May 27 - August 1 

Applications are now CLOSED.


Mission Statement

Diversity in the scientific workforce promotes the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all ethnic groups, and improves the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical trials, collectively helping to address and eliminate health disparity. Our mission is to promote an interest in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences in college students from minority backgrounds.  

Our three goals are:

    1. To enhance the competitiveness of underrepresented minority undergraduates to enroll in MD/PhD and PhD programs by enriching their portfolios with cutting edge mentored research experiences

    2. To help underrepresented minority undergraduate students master the critical skills needed to navigate the application process for graduate and other health profession careers

    3. To provide an intensive didactic and group study course in the fundamentals of biomedical research




Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Wade Nixon at nixonw@upmc.edu.