Do you love science? Are you interested in becoming a researcher?

Research can require years of training, so the CCTS encourages undergraduate students who are interested in a possible career in science to start developing their research skills now. Many research agencies offer summer immersion experiences, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research.

CCTS Partner UAB offers several programs that help undergraduates develop or enhance their investigative skills right here on campus:

CCTS Summer Translational Research Series

CCTS Training Academy hosts a four-week lecture series on translational research every Wednesday, 8:30-10:30am, in July. Our expert speakers introduce translational research to investigators: from translating your question into a project, project/team management, research methods to preparing a scientific abstract and writing your research. Learn more

Drop-In Clinics

Join us for weekly Drop-In Clinic for free consultations in Biostats, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD), Biorepository, Bionutrition, Clinical Research Unit (CRU), Commercialization, and Institutional Review Board (IRB). Topics vary by week. No appointment necessary. Bring laptop and study related questions. Learn more

Office of Undergraduate Research

The first question asked by students who are interested in research, scholarship, and creative activities is "How do I get involved?" There are many opportunities all over campus. Talk to the faculty teaching your courses. Ask other students — they can have great suggestions about finding a mentor. Check out department websites — they have faculty listings that describe the faculty's work and provides their contact information. Learn more

Sci Tech Honors Program

The Science and Technology Honors Program (STH) is built around the knowledge that our students are driven, they’re curious, they’re smart, and they don’t want to wait to put those qualities to good use. We’ve built a curriculum around starting science and technology right away, from an honors-honed core curriculum (enjoy your English class focused on scientific and technical writing) to specialty classes that teach you the fundamentals of science right there in the lab where they belong. Learn more

STEP-UP Short-Term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons

STEP-UP program is a biomedical research experience for undergraduate students. This program is coordinated at UAB and two other coordinating centers. Students are linked with experienced research mentors at the institution they choose for the summer experience, which may be their home institution or one near their hometown. It is open to students across the country who are interested in exploring research careers. Learn more


CCTS offers a wealth of learning and consultative opportunities to help students, trainees, faculty, staff, and clinicians develop valuable translational research skills and competencies at any stage of the career arc. Click here to learn more!

  • To improve the rigor and reproducibility of your studies, learn how to access clinical data via our i2b2 tool, or find an informatics or BERD collaborator, visit our Research Commons page.
  • To master the principles of clinical research, improve a specific clinical trial implementation skill, enroll in our six-month clinical and translational science training program, or attend a quarterly Lunch & Learn to brush up on the latest regulatory requirements, visit our Clinical Translation training page.
  • To develop cutting-edge knowledge in bioethics, drug and device discovery, or genetics/genomics in clinical research and medical practice, visit our Special Modules training page.
  • To find community based research partners, attend our annual Community Engagement Institute, or mentor a Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) applicant, visit our Engagement of Communities section.
  • Learn more about entrepreneurship, the commercialization pathway, and team science by visiting our Innovation page.
To find out about the latest learning opportunities as soon as they are announced, subscribe to CCTS Digest and check our Events and Recurring Events web pages.