Lee Summer Student Fellowship Program

The Lee Summer Student Fellowship program was implemented in 2001 with funds donated by Dr. Sheng-Pu Lee. The program was designed for hands-on research training for undergraduate and Master students with interest in the sciences and exposure to laboratory medicine. Students who are interested in the Program can apply as long as they can work minimal 8 weeks during the summer on a project related to the Center’s theme as a full-time fellow in the Center member’s laboratory. Applicants are reviewed by Drs. Said and Lai. The students are required to present at the Progress Report meeting their accomplishments on the fellowship. Upon completion of the fellowship, each student receives a certificate and a stipend check.

The Lee Summer Student Fellowship program has established a collaboration with the Edmondson Summer Fellowship Program sponsored by the Department of Pathology at USC. The Edmondson program has been generous in allowing the Lee Summer Students to participate in their laboratory safety classes and some of their lectures.

2021 Summer Application Deadline: Information will be updated shortly.
**Apply early as funds are limited**

Please click here to download the 2020 Lee Summer Fellowship Details.


Candidate must present his/her work accomplishments at the Progress Report meeting on August 13, 2021.

Submit the above to:

Maleah O’Connor | Program Administrator
Tel: (323) 442-3109 | Fax: (323) 442-3126
E-Mail: Maleah.Oconnor@med.usc.edu

Lee Summer Student Fellowship Program FAQs

What are the dates of the fellowship?
There are no official dates of the program. Normally your fellowship will start after the laboratory safety class which is usually held the last week in June. However, we are flexible. As long as you are available for the Progress Report Meeting which is held in early August, and your faculty advisor fills out and turns in the Laboratory Safety Training form, students may start prior to the lab safety class in June.

What are the hours I’m expected to work?
You are expected to work for 8 to 10 weeks on a full time basis during the summer. You are to arrange your work hours with the faculty advisor you have been assigned to. You report first to your faculty advisor and second to the program office.

May I take time off for vacation?
When you make your first contact with your faculty advisor, let him/her know that a family vacation is planned during your fellowship. You must arrange for vacation time with your faculty advisor, and you must inform the program officer of your arranged absence.

Can I apply for this fellowship again after having awarded the fellowship in the previous year?
Yes. Be sure that you still meet all other eligibility criteria and e-mail the office just in case.

May I come back during the school year to work on a project with my faculty advisor?
If you come back to work with your faculty advisor, you must register with the department as a volunteer. Please talk to Maleah O’Connor in the program office for more details.

How much is the stipend?
The stipend range is from $800-$1,000. Dr. Sheng-Pu Lee endowed money for this program, and depending on the number of students accepted, the stipend rate will fluctuate within this range. Your faculty advisor will be asked to evaluate you. You will also be required to give a short (10 minutes) presentation of what you did during your fellowship at the August Progress Report Meeting. You will receive your check in August.

What about parking?
You may purchase a parking permit for the time you are here from the parking office. The parking office will also give you car pool information or you may purchase transit tickets for the bus or Metrolink. The parking office is located in the Keith Administration Office (KAM) Room 120. Their phone number is 323-442-1201. If you start early in the day, you may be able to find street parking. Metered street parking is available for a maximum of 4 to 10 hours depending on the meter. Beware, parking enforcement is very strict here.

Is housing available?
Housing is available at the Seaver Student Residence Hall on the Health Sciences Campus during the summer months for our students. Room rates vary from year to year. Contact the residence hall office at 323-442-1576 for current rates.

What do I do if I have an accident in the lab or even walking on campus?
First, report any accident to your faculty advisor or lab supervisor. They will have all the forms that need to be filled out and will make any emergency calls. Do not go home and think about it and report it the next day. If no one is available in your assigned area, call the Administrative Office at 323-442-3121. If you need medical attention, you will need to take the Report of Injury Form to the USC Internal Medicine located 1520 San Pablo Street, #1000, Los Angeles, CA 90033, Telephone: 323-442-5100. Be sure to keep a copy of this form and send a copy to the Administrative Office.

Any other questions?
Please feel free to ask your faculty advisor or Maleah O’Connor any further questions.

Maleah O’Connor
Program Administrator
Tel: (323) 442-3109
Fax: (323) 442-3126
E-Mail: Maleah.Oconnor@med.usc.edu