Through the S2M2 Summer Externship, USU is cultivating the next generation of top quality, culturally competent, academic physicians and scientists. Our affiliation with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's patient-centered care facility allows us to provide middle and high school students the chance to spend one week during the summer learning and growing under the support and mentorship of hospital staff, physicians, and faculty.

We encourage, nurture, and enhance the commitment to service and science in a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment for a diverse population of middle and high school students.

Elements of the outreach programs include:

  • Professional panels on college and medical school pathways
  • Networking opportunity for careers in Science, Health, and Military Medicine
  • Small group mentoring from military medicine professionals
  • Medical research presentations before USU faculty including the Academic Dean
  • USU campus tour
  • Workshops, internships/externships, and volunteer opportunities -- some eligible for SSL hours or credit
  • Opportunities to shadow surgeries/procedures performed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Please contact us at for more information and application instructions.


I feel like I have learned a lot from this program and has fueled my ambition for medicine more than before. The speakers were so nice and disciplined, and I hope for kids in the future S2M2 programs to look up to me like I did to the speakers.

s2m2 students

Read More About the Program

The Uniformed Services University Summer Research Training Program began back in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Frank Shewmaker, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Dr. Rachel Cox, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at USU. The program takes about 20 to 30 student interns every summer, most of whom are entering their senior years or have just graduated.

High School Student Research

The Stop the Bleed initiative was launched by the White House in 2015 to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help victims in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Departments throughout the university take part in teaching ninth graders around the county how to help in the event of a disaster.

Stop the Bleed Training


The S2M2 Program is designed for students interested in science and medicine to navigate and explore various avenues of science and healthcare. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on labs and speak with practicing physicians for possible mentor/mentee relationships.


  • Physician Shadowing
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Research Techniques
  • Simulation Center
  • Surgical Suite Observation
  • Medical Technology Living with Disabilities

Program Dates

Free 5 full day program, Mon.-Fri., 8:00AM-4:00PM

The dates are July 8 -12, 2024. 


  • Students entering grades 10-12 in good academic standing
  • Completed high school-level science course
  • Scholastic achievement and interest in science, medicine, & leadership

2024 Summer Externship Application

  • 1-page personal essay: "Why medicine is important to me?"
  • 1 recommendation letter from teacher/counselor


Applications open on January 16, 2024, and close on March 15, 2024.

S2M2 JR.

This free, week-long science experience provides a unique educational opportunity for middle school students entering grades 7-9. Activities take place in a lab setting where students engage in hands-on scientific exploration and have the opportunity to connect with professionals in a variety of disciplines.

Program Dates

Free 5-day program, Mon.-Fri., 8:30AM-3:30PM

The dates are July 15-19, 2024.  


  • Students entering grades 7-9 in good academic standing
  • Completed middle school-level science course

2024 Summer Externship Application - Jr

  • 1 page essay: "Why medicine is important to me?"
  • 1 recommendation letter from teacher or counselor


Applications open on January 16, 2024, and close on March 15, 2024.