Penn SUMR Scholars Arrive at New Orleans AcademyHealth Research Meeting

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Penn SUMR Scholars Arrive at New Orleans AcademyHealth Research Meeting

Undergrads From 13 Schools Exploring The Health Services Research Field

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Photo: Hoag Levins
At the entrance to the AcademyHealth 2017 Annual Research Meeting expo hall in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Conference Center are the just-arrived University of Pennsylvania SUMR scholars.

NEW ORLEANS (JUNE 24, 2017) -- Twenty University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars arrived at the 2017 AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) here this morning to continue their summer-long immersion into the health services research community. The University of Pennsylvania group was also the largest contingent from any school attending the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Conference that takes place in tandem with the annual AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. NRSA is part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) program that provides training, grants and other supports to undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows in the health services research field.

Now in its eighteenth year, the three-month long LDI SUMR program is aimed at undergraduates who are interested in exploring potential careers in the field of health services research. It pairs each undergraduate with a Penn faculty member in a research project. One purpose of the 15-year-old program is to involve students in every aspect of health services and health policy-related research. Another is to encourage them to seriously consider post-graduate studies and ultimately, careers in the field.

This year's SUMR scholars come from Penn and 13 other schools across the country, including Cornell, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Southern California, Rutgers, Swarthmore and the University of Minnesota. Meet the individual 2017 SUMR scholars here.