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2023 DREAM - Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program "DREAM" is a 10 week summer program designed to increase the number of women and racially underrepresented groups in medical physics by offering research opportunities, outreach and strategic mentorship geared towards recruiting a more robust and diverse group of skilled undergraduate students in the field of medical physics. DREAM students will be placed into summer research and mentorship groups that are consistent with their research and career interests. DREAM fellows are selected on a competitive basis. Up to six $6,000 stipends will be awarded to selected DREAM fellows. The stipend is based upon an expectation of 40-hour per week effort for 10 weeks.

The fellowship will be for a period of 10 weeks during the summer academic period (May to September), which is mutually suitable to the mentor and fellow.

Sponsored by the AAPM Education Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund. Additional funding provided by the AAPM Southeast Chapter.



Each student applicant shall have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies, but shall not have graduated, i.e. rank of junior or senior. Students with a graduation date of May 2023 are not eligible. Applicants shall have declared a major or be eligible to declare a major in physics, engineering, or other science, which requires mathematics at least through differential equations, modern physics/quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism or equivalent courses in engineering sciences. Summer Undergraduate Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of the U.S. Prior fellowship recipients not eligible.

Submission Instructions for Students:
  1. Yoichi Watanabe, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Minnesota Radiation Oncology, is seeking an intern for his lab. Please reach out to Yoichi ( when you are ready to apply for the program. He will then apply to the program as a mentor and prepare topics for projects.
  2. Complete online application. Be sure to address diversity and/or the impact this fellowship would have on you in your self-statement. Use the CV template on the last page; your CV is required as an upload.
  3. Two signed letters of recommendation must be sent via email to
  4. Official transcripts must be sent via email to
Application Deadline: February 2, 2023
All supporting documents are due by the application deadline 11:59 PM (EDT).
Recipients Notified by: February 28, 2023