Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions.

Summer in Biomedical Science (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer in Biomedical Science (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program provides an opportunity for young people who are sophomore or junior level college undergraduates to be instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant clinical and scientific community. Fifteen (15) students who have finished their sophomore or junior year of college will be accepted into the 8-week paid summer program ( June 1, 2017 - July 28, 2017) to work with UAB faculty members on mentored research projects. SIBS students will receive a stipend of $2,500 for their participation in the program. Campus housing will be provided, but travel expenses are not covered.

SIBS is intended for students with a desire to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. The Program is particularly interested in students having no local campus access to research experiences and students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.

A Bridges to Baccalaureate Degree Program

The Blazing to Biomedical Careers (BBC) program provides an entrance into advanced biomedical research careers for students in area community colleges. It is part of a larger National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative to lessen the disparities that currently exist, the large percentage of underrepresented individuals who do not have access to advanced biomedical training and careers. BBC assists students to earn a baccalaureate degree in biomedical or behavioral sciences so that they can pursue advanced education and entry into a career in biomedical research. The program has the special mission of helping groups that are under-represented in science professions, including racial minorities, women and rural students