TSF Program: Penn State Summer Translational Science Fellowship

The TSF Program provides graduate and medical students with the opportunity to  gain select knowledge and skills in clinical and translational research in a 10-week experiential summer program. Targeted to early-stage learners, the program includes training in both foundational skills (i.e. research design, data analysis) and professional skills (i.e. communications, ethics, teamwork). Examples of real-world clinical and translational research are used throughout the course.

Learning Environment: 
Independent and facilitated active group learning is emphasized and didactic presentations are kept to a minimum.  Opportunities to practice skills are integrated throughout the program using case studies, simulations, computer based modules and small group discussions.

Students spend 10 days in active learning programs that are held twice a week over the course of six weeks. Attendance is mandatory at each session. Outside of class, students are expected to work on their research projects. Graduate students may register to earn 2 course credits.

Specific dates for summer 2018 are : June 21, 26, 28 and July 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26. A final session may be scheduled for student research presentations.

Admission to the program is based on a competitive application process. A three-month living stipend is provided to cover the active learning program and related research time. Tuition is not provided for students who register for credit, but they may be eligible to apply for the Summer Tuition Assistance Program (STAP).

Contact Us:
If you have questions, please contact Karen Shields at or Tom Lloyd at

Application Process
Program Directors
2017 Cohort