Penn SUMR Scholars Arrive at Seattle 2018 AcademyHealth Research Meeting


Penn SUMR Scholars Arrive at Seattle 2018 AcademyHealth Research Meeting

Undergrads From 17 Schools Exploring The Health Services Research Field

Penn Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) group photo, ARM 2018

Photo: Hoag Levins

SEATTLE, (June 23, 2018) -- The 2018 cohort of the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics' Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Scholars arrived at the AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) venue here to continue their summer-long immersion into the health services research community. The 35th Annual ARM event is being held at the Washington State Convention Center.

The University of Pennsylvania group also attended Saturday's National Research Service Award (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 nineteenth year and sponsored by LDI and the Wharton School Health Care Management Department, the three-month long SUMR program is aimed at underrepresented minority undergraduates and others interested in exploring potential careers in the field of health services research (HSR). It pairs each undergraduate with a Penn faculty member in a research project. One purpose of the 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 17 other schools across the country. Meet the individual 2018 SUMR scholars here.