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Development, University, and Non-UAB Student Training Programs

Development and University programs are typically short-term programs conducted during the summer months and are designed to provide participants with practical experience in academic pursuits and research. Programs are designated as either University Programs or Development Programs dependent on the source of funding (e.g. institutional funds or sponsored research funding.)

Programs that are conducted over an extended period of time but meet all of the other criteria of Development or University Programs are classified as Non-UAB Student Training Programs.

Payments issued under one of these recognized programs are classified as scholarship/fellowship (trainee payments). All participants should be made aware of the taxability of the payments to the individuals.

In order to request that a program be established as a development, university or non-UAB student training program, the requestor must submit a memorandum containing the following information:

  • Project mission statement
  • Description of the participants
  • Payment amount and source of funds (including the PTAO or ASBOF account string)

Programs that are supported with sponsored research funds are approved by the Director of Payroll Services in consultation with the Office of Grants and Contracts Accounting while programs that are supported with institutional funds are approved by the University Provost.

Please forward requests to Payroll Services via email at Payhelp1@uab.edu or fax to (205) 975-4739.

Once the determination regarding acceptance of the program has been made, the requestor and other appropriate parties will be notified of the approval.

  • Approved Development Programs

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    Alabama Maternal and Child Health (AL MCH) Summer Program: The program invites college students, particularly African American and Hispanic/Latino students, to participate in the program in an effort to increase the diversity of the future MCH workforce. Students will be exposed to experts in MCH, learn about health-related career options, attend lectures by MCH leaders and work on MCH projects under the leadership of a MCH faculty mentor.

    Alabama Science in Motion (ASIM): The program is a statewide network of resources designed to provide the equipment, teacher training, and classroom support needed to run an effective secondary science laboratory program.

    Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholar Program: The AHEC Scholars program is a national initiative designed to improve the distribution and diversity of healthcare professionals in underserved communities. The program is open to students enrolled in healthcare professional programs who are interested in working rural or urban underserved communities. The program offers a two-year curriculum, which includes clinical experiences, didactic learning, and community-based projects. The AHEC Scholars program partners with local non-profits, academic institutions, and healthcare providers to provide students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience and learn from healthcare professionals in their communities. The program provides students with a well-rounded educational experience that includes training in cultural competency, interprofessional education, behavioral health integration, social determinates of health, practice transformation, and current emerging health issues. Upon completing the program, AHEC scholars are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality care to underserved populations and address healthcare disparities in the communities they serve.

    ALADDIN: ALADDIN is program offered to students that have completed their freshman year of high school and are selected based on their interest in and aptitude for mathematics and computer technology. Program participants are high school students in the Birmingham and Bessemer school districts. The program components are: game programming with Alice, linear algebra: mathemetizing Alice's world, computer graphics and visualization, and Java and robotics.

    AMSTI-UAB: AMSTI-UAB is CORD's largest venture to date. This program which started in October 2006 is the primary mechanism for K-12 science education for teachers and students in the BCS, Jefferson County, Bessemer, Fairfield, Leeds, Midfield, Tarrant, Trussville school districts. This project is being undertaken in close collaboration with the SOE, NS&M, SHP, SPH and the Joint Health Science Departments. AMSTI-UAB will greatly increase the science competency and competitiveness of area students and increase the pipeline for UAB undergraduate and graduate science programs.

    American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Medical Student Summer Fellowship: The ABTA awards medical students fellowship opportunities to gain practical experience in laboratory research to support the student in learning basic laboratory techniques and enhance the student's knowledge of typical patient presentations, tumor growth patterns and current and novel treatment strategies.

    Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Service Fellowship: The Arnold P. Gold Foundation provides financial support for programs and projects that encourage compassionate and relationship-centered healthcare. The Foundation partners with medical schools and teaching hospitals to infuse humanism into medical training from the first day of medical school to the last day of residency.



    BioTeach: BioTeach is offered to middle and high school science teachers who currently teach in the biological or life sciences. The program prepares teachers to translate cutting-edge science into exciting hands-on experiences for their classroom students. Teachers participate in hands-on laboratory training in bacterial genetics, molecular cloning, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, forensic analysis and applications of molecular biology.

    Blazer Engineering Summer Bridge (BESB) Program: The students in the BESB program will engage with mentors and tutors for the period to enhance their knowledge in mathematics and English writing and comprehension. They familiarize themselves with campus resources for student success and well-being, career and professional development. The students will also participate in project work conducted in various labs in the School of Engineering, including the MPAD Center, projects lab, EE and CCE labs. They will work with faculty mentors and graduate student tutors to complete assigned project work in metals casting, plastics recycling, barriers and protection in coastal engineering. The program runs from 07/05/2023 to 08/02/2023, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.



    Cancer Research Experience for Students (CaRES): The mission of the CaRES program is to stimulate participating students to consider a cancer research career by means of affording them a rewarding short summer cancer research experience directed by the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty members.

    Center for Community Outreach Development (CORD): CORD is a university-wide center designed to advance the outreach efforts of UAB to the Birmingham community through various programs. Learn more about CORD programs.

    Clinical Research Training for NCD Studies in India: Four-to-six week intensive training program that includes special focused lectures, sessions with senior UAB faculty and visits to laboratories and centers. Contact lecture hours and individual mentoring ensure that participants will gain the fundamental knowledge of the concepts, vocabulary, processes and resources necessary for understanding and interpreting clinical research.

    Congenital CMV Infection and Hearing Loss in Rural Indian Population: This program is part of an ongoing research collaboration between UAB and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) located in New Delhi, India. An AIIMS employee is invited to the US to participate in the research laboratory alongside his/her American counterparts to examine the feasibility of screening newborns for hearing function at a community health center catering to low-income, rural population.

    Constraint Induced (CI) Therapy Training Program: This program is a physical rehabilitation approach designed to improve motor recovery and increase extremity use following neuromuscular injury such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and brain resection.

    CREST Consortium for Response Education and Successful Teaching of ELs: The program will provide professional development to improve English leader instructions.


    DART Short-term Dental Student Summer Research Training Program: The purpose of this six-to-eight week summer fellowship program is to provide a basic science or clinical research training experience for dental students or incoming dental students with a solid academic standing. The program is intended to increase the general awareness among the selected and particularly interested dental students of the challenges, intellectual satisfaction, and impact of leading-edge dental research. The long-range objective is to increase the number of dentists who are motivated and qualified for a career in dental academics and research.

    DeVivo Mentored Research Award: The program is sponsored by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) and is awarded to doctoral or post-doctoral level students interested in conducting a research project using the Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) database.

    Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC) Summer Program: The program is available to sophomore medical students with an interest in diabetes-related research. Students will spend the summer in a research lab setting and participate in a summer seminar program.



    Environmental & Occupational Safety & Health Institute: The program allows undergraduate students interested in health-related careers the opportunity to learn the scientific principles and practice of occupational and environmental safety and health.

    EPSCoR: The program will offer intensive research experiences to under-represented Neuroscience students that have demonstrated excellence in academic coursework, promise in basic laboratory skills, and expressed interest in further professional development. This opportunity will provide students practical skills for a future in research and expert guidance to apply to competitive graduate programs in biomedical research. This is a 10-week program.

    Etowah EDGE: The program will prepare family literacy educators to teach EL parents and provide professional development in effective EL instruction for faculty at institutions of higher education.


    Field Phycology – BY 354 undergraduate program: Explore some of the 132,000 miles of waterways in Alabama - one of the most biodiverse states in the US. We will explore streams, documenting freshwater algae, in one watershed. You will have the opportunity to work with the Alabama Water Watch and record water quality data with fellow students.


    Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS): GEMS is an innovative, exclusive statewide project designed to develop and disseminate high quality materials and training resources targeted to actively engage girls to better prepare them for the 21st century workforce. This program is hosted by the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX), a nationally recognized state web portal for teachers, students and parents.


    ICOHRTA: The program aims to develop and provide an innovating, locally managed and supported educational curriculum in Peru to underpin the ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB program. Participants receive training and mentoring in clinical, operational and health services research related to prevention research on the treatment, care and prevention of HIV/AIDS and TB.

    IISAGE Summer REU Program: The Integration Institute: Sex, Aging, Genomics, and Evolution (IISAGE) is a NSF-funded Biological Integration Institute aimed at understanding the functional genomic basis of differences in lifespan and aging between sexes across a wide range of animals. The IISAGE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focuses on students from underrepresented groups in STEM (URGs) to increase diversity in the STEM workforce. These students will join IISAGE member labs to investigate why males and females age differently across diverse animal species. This research spans different levels of organization: projects range from computational studies to molecular and physiological studies in the laboratory to fieldwork on wild populations! This paid summer research experience provides in-depth research training and career development skills in a team setting. Students will be co-mentored by faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from across IISAGE.

    IMPACT-PD: The program is a project that addresses the absolute priority, both competitive and invitational, of improving preschoolers' acquisition of language through coaching teachers and professional development.

    Interdisciplinary Genetics Graduate Program (IGGP) "Head Start Summer Research Program in Genetics": This program provides undergraduates with a research experience that seeks to enhance their career-related training by: using state-of-the-art facilities in the forefronts of research; use and understanding of journal articles; experiencing formal seminars in scientific ethics, scientific communication and the graduate school application process; exposure to different types of research careers through seminars and visits to other research laboratories across the UAB campus; improving scientific communication skills through oral presentations; and exposure to an ethically and culturally diverse workplace.

    International Research Experience for Student (IRES): The IRES: Nanofibrous Materials Challenge offers UAB graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in emerging areas of science and engineering of nanofibers and nanofibrous materials at the Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technology and Innovation at Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic.


    Magic City Data Collective Stem Challenge-MCDC: The goal of the program is to bring together local students, researchers, and data experts in project teams to provide the information that Birmingham leaders need to move the Magic City forward. MCDC connects purpose-driven companies with diverse data professionals.

    McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program: Program designed to increase the number of low-income first-generation college students and minorities completing doctoral programs in science and engineering. The proposed program will be offered by the UAB Graduate School in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Support Services (TRIO) Program. Faculty from numerous graduate programs in the biological sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering will serve as mentors for qualified undergraduate students who have the potential for success at the doctoral level. Through research internships, enrichment opportunities, academic and social support programs, special programs in scientific communication, and specific assistance in graduate school admissions, the project will increase college graduation rates and success in graduate education by addressing identified student needs. The program includes measures to evaluate the success of the project in addressing and achieving six specific, measurable objectives.

    Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF): The MSARF program encourages medical students to consider careers in anesthesiology research and perioperative medicine. The program offers medical students an 8-to-12 week anesthesia-related research experience and the opportunity to present research findings at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting.

    Medical Student Summer Research (MSSRP) Program: The MSSRP program introduces medical students to the concept of scientific research, the principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis and the interpretation, presentation and application of research results. Students will work in the laboratory of a highly skilled investigator with a proven track record in the mentoring of students in the research process and who has an actively funded, peer-reviewed, biomedical research program focusing on cardiovascular, pulmonary or sleep medicine.

    Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT): Program offers qualified students research training opportunities in the biomedical and health-related sciences in developing countries. Participants are assigned to projects in the areas of nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, aging and metabolism, diarrheal, respiratory and other infectious diseases and parasitic diseases such as onchocerciasis and strongyloidiasis. Participants plan research projects under the supervision of a UAB faculty mentor and foreign mentor and conduct the work at a collaborating research institution under the direct supervision of a foreign mentor.


    NSF PlantGIFT: The program brings together the resources of outstanding researchers and science teachers to empower the K-12 STEM pipeline to biology careers. It enables plant biologists to partner with teachers and students to learn and do “authentic science.” It will train 60 science high school teachers from Central Alabama school districts over the period of 4 years, thus potentially impacting 10,000 students a year for a generation. Even if only 10% of students who participate gain interest in pursuing a STEM career, that would add extra 1,000 minority and rural entrants into the STEM pipeline.


    O’Neal ACS Diversity in Cancer Research Internship (DICR): The goal of the DICR Summer Internship Program is to introduce outstanding undergraduates from diverse, underrepresented minority, and disadvantaged backgrounds to in-lab cancer research. research performed at UAB and the cancer-related fields in general. This 10-week summer program is intended to encourage members of this select group of undergraduate students to pursue careers in research and in clinical teams working to improve the health and outcomes of cancer patients. Our mentoring strategy is focused on critical thinking, communication, and hands-on basic cancer research.

    Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP): OGAP is a systematic, intentional, and iterative formative assessment system grounded in the research on how students learn mathematics. The OGAP system is seamlessly integrated into a set of tools, practices, support materials, and in-depth professional development.


    Pathway Program: Designed to increase the number of medical students pursuing family medicine as a specialty by providing practical experience with family physicians serving rural and underserved areas.

    Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program: The Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and medical students who have an interest in pediatric oncology research and would like to experience the field first hand. Students train with a pediatric oncology research mentor. Students may join a research project underway in a mentor’s lab or begin an original investigation with the mentor.

    PEER-BUDS: Planting Excellence in Education & Research – Bridge to Undergraduate Diversity and Success- The program aims at developing an immersive, three-week-long summer bridge experience for 24 incoming UAB Biology freshmen by helping them successfully transition from COVID-19-impacted High School instruction into a competitive hands-on Biology program at a leading 4-year institution in the state for incoming UAB Biology freshmen by helping them successfully transition from largely virtual/hybrid, COVID-impacted High School instruction into competitive hands-on Biology program at a leading 4-year institution in the state.

    Post-Baccalaureate Research Experience in Cardiovascular Sciences at UAB: Program provides research and shadowing opportunities for students to work with UAB faculty members on projects broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke in the context of clinical and basic science bioengineering to encourage the students to consider a future academic career in these areas.

    Predoctoral Dental Academic Research Training (PreDART): The PreDART program offers motivated college students, especially under-represented minority students, an interdisciplinary research experience within the UAB School of Dentistry academic environment introducing them to dentistry and academic dentistry as a profession.

    Pre-Law Camp: This program is the journey to attorney pre-law camp that runs parallel to both the Cyber Detective Camp and the CSI Camp under the J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Department of Criminal Justice.

    Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) Program: PARAdiGM introduces outstanding undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds to the exciting career options of being a scientific investigator while also being a practicing physician. Students will work with academic physicians who perform both research and clinical service, receive training in how to perform quality biomedical research and be given the tools necessary to become successful applicants to MD/PhD programs, including writing and presentation skills as well as career advice.

    Project SPEAK: The program will enhance the teaching of science, technology and math (STEM) to English learners and provide professional development to teachers.

    Program for Advanced Research Capacities for AIDS in Peru (PARACAS): The PARACAS program seeks to develop and provide an innovative, locally managed and supported educational curriculum for trainees in clinical, operational and health services research and related prevention research on the treatment, care and prevention of HIV/AIDS and TB in Peru.

    PROmoTE (Predoctoral Ph.D. and M.D. Research Training in Teams): The program provides an opportunity for incoming medical students and incoming biomedical sciences graduate students the opportunity to work with a UAB faculty mentor team on individualized research projects in the summer semester before they start their program.

    PRSTP (Partnership Research Training Program – Cancer Research): Training program open to rising sophomore undergraduate students at Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, Tuskegee University, and/or from other historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs) or minority-serving institutions (MSIs), across the US, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. PRSTP is an intensive eight-week in-person mentored summer research experience. Opportunity to work with physicians and scientists on cancer medicine, basic cancer research, cancer health disparities, or relevant cancer research areas. Weekly seminars by leading UAB cancer physicians and scientists.

    Public Health Influencer Summer Institute: The Public Health Influencer Summer Institute is a summer enrichment program open to high school students who are interested in public health, environmental health, chromic and infectious disease prevention, epidemiology, or social/environmental justice. Students will learn about public health and its impact on communities,. Students will participate in hands on experiences and learn from heath, healthcare, environmental health experts.


    RAMP-UP Research in Aging through Mentorship and Practice: The program is a two-year intensive eight-week mentored summer research experience. The overall goal of the program is to reduce disparities in health status and health outcomes in older adults by increasing the diversity of the research in aging workforce with a focus on under-represented and rural undergraduate students.

    Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke: Examine the incidence, risk factors, and outcomes related to osteoporosis, with an emphasis on African Americans and men.

    Red Mountain Writing Project (RMWP): The RMWP seeks to improve the teaching of writing in north central Alabama through the design and implementation of professional development programs for teachers, community programs for students and their families, youth programs for underserved age groups and continuity programs for the entire RMWP network of teachers.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Anthropology Program: The Department of Anthropology provides a nine week summer research experience for undergraduate students. The program introduces undergraduates to the ways that ecological, historical, economic and cultural phenomena are connected; trains students in research strategies to identify and explore these connections; facilitates in-depth involvement of students in original research that contributes to the scientific understanding of historical ecology, biodiversity through time, and characterizes the causes and rates of marine ecological change; creating a model of innovative strategies for teaching field-based sciences.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Chemistry Program: The Department of Chemistry provides a 10 week summer research experience for undergraduate students. The program provides an outstanding opportunity to bring high-caliber undergraduates from across the country to the UAB campus to carry out research with Department of Chemistry faculty.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Computer Science: The CS REU program is open to undergraduate students interested in various aspects of computer science including cloud computing, computer security, high performance computing, and computer forensics.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Engineering Program: We are an REU program that brings in students from other institutions to get an introductory experience to doing research.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Health Services Administration Program: This experience will provide the undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to participate in experiential learning of health services research methods and to observe firsthand the issues and challenges faced by our current industry members and health system partners in the dynamic changing health care landscape.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Physics Program: The Department of Physics recruits undergraduate students from around the country to participate in hands-on research through the interdisciplinary research program.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Computer Forensics: Participating students will be immersed physically and intellectually in the research process by working with local police departments, prisons, DNA labs, chemistry labs, a spam data mine, and phishing labs.

    Research Fellowship for Endovascular Repair (EVAR) - Vascular Surgery/ Endovascular Therapy: The EVAR program uses preoperative features to form a method of indication for postoperative endoleak, sac expansion, and non sac regression in EVAR patients. The award is from the Society of Vascular Surgery for student research fellowship.

    RNPC Scholars: The UAB School of Nursing’s RN Primary Care Scholars initiative, with the Tuskegee University School of Nursing and Allied Health as an affiliate partner, focuses on training and sustaining baccalaureate-prepared RNs in medically underserved areas. It also builds on the UAB School of Nursing’s expertise in interprofessional collaborative practice and education for community-based chronic disease management of individuals with complex medical conditions.


    Short-Term Training in Health Professional Schools (STTP): Medical and dental students are introduced to the concept of scientific research, the principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis and interpretation and application of research results. The goal of the program is to provide participants with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process in an effort to enhance their medical or dental practice and to encourage students to consider careers in academic medicine and dentistry.

    Short Term MHERC Research Experience for Underrepresented (STEP-UP): The purpose of the program is to expose underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students to research in the NIDDK mission areas, including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney and hematologic diseases. The long-term goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in the pipeline who are committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or social science research in the NIDDK mission areas.

    Southeast ECHO: The program will provide professional development to teachers for implementing the sheltered instructions to all ECS schools.

    Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP): The program is a six week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.

    Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research: The SIBS program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to carry out independent research projects under the guidance of UAB faculty mentors. Students learn hands-on experimental approaches to biomedical research, while improving observation and communication skills. They also participate in a specially designed SIBS seminar series that gives insight into both the clinical and basic research aspects of disease. Through interactions with multiple UAB scientists, clinicians, and students, the SIBS Program promotes an awareness of our diversity of research areas, generates interest for further training in UAB medical and graduate programs, and enhances recruitment to UAB. SIBS is a multidisciplinary program comprised of faculty mentors from two schools (SOM and SOPH), and ten departments and centers.

    Summer Program in Neurobiology (SPIN): Undergraduates have an exciting opportunity to pursue research in Neuroscience as part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Summer Program in Neuroscience (SPIN). SPIN is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The primary goal of the Summer Program in Neuroscience is to provide motivated undergraduates who have demonstrated excellent scientific aptitude with the opportunity to experience independent research in the neurosciences under the guidance of a faculty member. SPIN is designed to increase student interest in graduate education, possibly leading to careers in biomedical research and research medicine.

    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Chromatin Biology: SURF is designed to bring two undergraduate students from Stillman College in annually to Dr. Riddles' lab to provide access to research experiences for underserved students and to foster diversity in the STEM workforce.

    SURE-GM: The SURE-GM program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from HBCU’s across Alabama to train and engage in genetic and genomic research. This is a two year summer program.


    UAB Cystic Fibrosis Summer Research Program (CF-SURP): The goal of the CF-SURP is to provide trainees with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the range and complexity of CF research performed at UAB and the CF field in general. This 8-week summer program is intended to encourage members of this select group of undergraduate students to pursue careers in research and in clinical teams working to improve the health of patients with CF. Our mentoring strategy is focused on critical thinking, communication, and hands-on basic and translational CF research skills.

    UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering Summer Innovation Fellowship: Fellows will engage in an independent research and development project under the guidance of faculty members in UAB’s School of Engineering and various clinicians, medical students and residents at UAB Hospital. Recipients of the award are expected to invest at least 30 hours per week to their project, performing background research, engaging in design and prototyping, and interacting extensively with clinicians at UAB Hospital and other potential project mentors. Projects will be in the general area of biomedical engineering product development with an emphasis on improving outcomes for hospitalized patients and patients in rehabilitation. No outside employment is allowed for the duration of the fellowship.

    UAB Genentech Scholarship/Fellowship Program: The purpose of the program is to attract and encourage undergraduate students from historically underrepresented minority groups and first generation college students to pursue graduate work by engaging them in intensive research experiences and pairing each scholar with a faculty and graduate student mentor.

    UAB Global Health Case Competition: The UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health Case Competition is an educational opportunity that features teams of 4-6 students representing at least 3 different schools. Teams are given a case scenario featuring a real life global health problem and are tasked with providing strategic recommendations to move the case subject forward efficiently and effectively. Teams present their recommendations to a panel of judges who then score the teams and award cash prizes.

    UAB Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP): The UAB Schools of Medicine, Optometry, Public Health, Dentistry and Health-Related Professions seeks to provide disadvantaged students with the tools for success in the world of healthcare. Sixty-five students (middle school - post baccalaureate) are provided with a math and science enrichment program including research opportunities.

    UAB Voice Center Summer Research Internship: Qualified applicants for the 10‐12 week UAB Voice Center Summer Research Internship will be speech‐language pathology graduate students from strong academic programs with a voice concentration. Candidates will be in excellent academic standing with an interest in voice and upper airway. Candidates should have an interest in pursuing voice centric clinical fellowships. Interns will assist in clinical research initiatives working closely with UAB Voice Center faculty and clinical and research staff. The goal of the internship is to further embed the graduate student in the design and implementation of research studies, research methods, data collection and analysis, and participant management. Interns will also have the opportunity to observe all levels of clinical practice at the UAB Voice Center, including multidisciplinary diagnostic voice, swallowing, and upper airway clinics; speaking and singing voice therapy; modified barium swallow studies and FEES exams; and in office procedures. Interns will participate in multi‐disciplinary voice grand rounds, SLP difficult case conference and all didactic opportunities offered by the UAB Department of Otolaryngology grand rounds.

    UASOM Scholarly Activity (SA): Focus on Community-Based Public Health: The SA project's aim is to provide medical students interested in public health careers the opportunity to develop and begin a project in rural or urban community-based public health. The purpose of the project is to increase the awareness and participation of UASOM graduates in public health service and advocacy.

  • Approved Non-UAB Student Training Programs

    AGHI Alabama Genomic Health Initiative: The program is for medical students who have completed their first year of coursework and who are interested in an immersion experience to gain experience and understanding about clinical genetics and genomic research. The overall goals are to establish the efficacy of a population-wide program to return results of medically-actionable genomic variants to adult volunteers; to utilize whole genome sequencing to establish diagnoses in children and adults with undiagnosed chronic disorders; and to develop a “genomics ready” community, including both citizens and health providers.

    Enrichment Academy for Nursing Success (EANS): Designed to increase the number of Alabama's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees and prepare the registered nurse (RN) workforce by providing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds including racial and ethnic minorities. The EANS program focuses on pre-entry preparation and retention. The support provided by the program is intended to help students complete the requirements for the BSN degree, pass the NCLEX and become RNs.

    Leadership Education in MCH Nutrition: Designed to provide training for nutrition professionals to assume leadership roles by educating them through didactic, clinical, public health and research training. The training is culturally diverse and family-centered.

    Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC): Designed to develop leaders who will improve the health of children with respiratory conditions through the provision of family-centered care. Disciplines include: Nursing, Nutrition, Respiratory Care/Health Education, Social Work, Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine. Post-master's students not enrolled in a doctoral program and other disciplines (e.g. Occupational Therapy) may also participate.

    Practical Training: Designed to offer training opportunities for medical professionals (typically from international institutions) by engaging them in clinical practice settings and exposing them to the natural clinical environment with top clinicians in their field of study. Departments within the School of Medicine must receive approval from Payroll Services [(205) 934-4523] prior to appointing participants. The following departments have an approved program: Medical Education (312000000) and Neurology (311500000)

    Zambian Cervical Cancer Research Capacity Initiative: Focuses on building research capacity around cervical cancer as it is an AIDS-defining disease which is the cancer most commonly diagnosed in Zambia and the leading cause of cancer-related death among Zambian women. The project is a collaboration between Zambian and US-based researchers with expertise in gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, virology, nutrition science, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

  • Approved University Programs

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    Alabama First Class Pre-K PPVT: The program will provide an opportunity for UAB students to attend a training session to enable them to work with four-year olds throughout the State of Alabama.



    Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Short-term Research Training Program: CCTS provides research training experiences in comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) for medical students or other clinically-oriented doctoral students.

    Center for Community Outreach Development (CORD): CORD is a university-wide center designed to advance the outreach efforts of UAB to the Birmingham community through various programs. Learn more about CORD programs.

    Collat School of Business Birmingham Project: The focus of the project is to improve the economic development of the community by providing training to high school students and assisting businesses in the community with detailed planning expertise to facilitate economic development. The program is being conducted by the UAB Collat School of Business.

    CRISP: The program seeks to introduce underrepresented minority students at the undergraduate level to cancer research including cancer disparities, via training, mentoring, and coursework. The students will increase knowledge and awareness of cancer, as well as health disparities in cancer treatment. It encourages undergraduate students to pursue career in cancer-related research.


    DOM Koopman Scholar Program: The DOM Koopman Scholar Program is for medical students with an interest in medical or health-related research. The program is an eight-week summer internship/training program with a research mentor in the Department of Medicine.



    Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program: The program enables young educators to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States.


    GEAR UP Alabama: The program will provide the opportunity for UAB students to learn and implement deliberative practices in their social studies classrooms while serving high school students.



    Harper Summer Fellowship Program (Neurology/ADRC): The program provides unique educational opportunities to minority college students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges in Alabama. The program is a six-week experience focusing on educational and clinical experiences in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and mentored experiences in the neurosciences.

    Honors College Experiential Fellowship Program: The program provides funding to promote research, creative activity, and community service among honors students. A faculty mentor will supervise each student's project, and students will present their work at the UAB Summer Expo.


    Internship - UAB Social Work: Students participate in a full-time placement in approved social service agencies under the supervision of master's-level social workers to experience first-hand the integration of social work knowledge and values with the application of professional helping skills.



    John Sherrill Orthopaedic Visiting Medical Student Program: The program will further the students orthopaedic knowledge while working with faculty and house staff officers.



    KURE Program: This program provides undergraduate students to work with UAB faculty mentors on individualized research projects. Students are given an opportunity to learn hands-on experimental approaches in biomedical research while improving observation and communication skills.


    Minority Business Senior Citizen Digital Photography Program: The program teaches senior citizens how to take a mature yet comprehensive look at the world of digital cameras, photos, and the photo-making process.

    Minority Business Women's Network - Girls in Business Network (GBN): GBN provides educational/training sessions, mentoring opportunities, and motivational activities that promote and instill the elements necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. These elements are: business and strategic plans, dressing for success, marketing, hiring personnel, accounting and bookkeeping, networking techniques, appropriate introductions protocol, business etiquette and professional manners. Additionally, the camp provides information related to visiting other minority businesses, updating technology, recognizing new business trends and utilizing the internet in business ventures.

    Minority Business Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP): The YEP program is designed to provide an entrepreneurial training format that will introduce area students to the mechanics of running a successful business. Students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge that is presented by participating in team work, creating a business and presenting the business to an expert panel.

    MSHA Student Workforce Program: The program will provide first-year MSHA students real-world skills through experience in the UAB Health System


    O'Brien Core Center for Acute Kidney Injury Summer Research Program: The O'Brien Summer Research Program provides first year medical students or those entering medical school the opportunity to learn hands-on experimental approaches in biomedical research while improving observation and communication skills under the daily supervision of UAB faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

    Otolaryngology URiM (Underrepresented Minority in Medicine) Summer Research Program: The goal of the program is to provide URiM medical students research knowledge, research experience and broad exposure to the field of Otolaryngology. Students will complete an 8-10 week mentored research program while learning core research techniques.


    Parkinson's Research Summer Scholar Program: The participants will study the contribution of LRRK2 protein expression and activity toward immunological phenotypes related to LRRK2-linked diseases that include Crohn’s disease and Parkinson's disease. The projects will entail training state-of-the-art flow cytomerty approaches, immunohistochemistry, and protein quantification assays.

    Pathology Research Experience Program (PREP): Since 1999, the Department of Pathology has sponsored a summer research program for undergraduates from across the country. Participants regularly participate in weekly group meetings and department seminars. The program is intended to provide visiting undergraduates with a UAB research experience that will enhance their career-related training by: using state-of-the-art facilities in the forefronts of research; use and understanding of journal articles; formal seminars in scientific ethics; scientific communication and graduate school application process; exposure to different types of research careers through seminars; improving scientific communication skills through presentations.

    Practical Training: Practical training programs are those that enable participants to receive hands-on experience in specific research and/or laboratory environments. May be used to foster specific skills or techniques.

    President's Summer Research Scholarships: The President's summer research scholarships seeks to provide in-depth undergraduate research experience and faculty mentoring for students of all college majors.

    Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Background - (PRISM): The goal of the PRISM program in the UAB Department of Surgery is to provide pre-college students (rising seniors and recent graduates) with a first-hand opportunity to experience the rewards of an academic medical career which include providing cutting-edge patient care in an environment that promotes translational investigation. Students will complete an 8-week mentored research internship.


    RSNA Research & Education Foundation: The participants will undertake a research project for a 10 week period under the guidance of a scientific advisor.

    Rural Medical Outreach - Family Medicine: The Family Medicine Division of the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus, in conjunction with the Office of Medical Student Affairs, and the Office for Family Health Education and Research will coordinate supervised practice experiences for pre-medical and medical students. These experiences will include a summer pre-medical internship for up to 12 college students from rural hometowns. This eight-week program will include exposure to various aspects of medical practice, assignment to rural medical preceptors for shadowing, field trips to sites that exemplify the environmental contributors to health care concerns for rural populations, and preparation of a research project dealing with subjects related to the students' rural experience.

    Rural Medical Outreach - General Internal Medicine: The program is designed to increase the number of medical students pursuing primary care medicine as a specialty by offering opportunities to observe primary care physicians currently practicing in rural and underserved areas in the State of Alabama.

    Russell Cunningham Memorial Research Program: The program is designed to provide participants with practical experience in pediatrics and pediatric research. The program, established by Dr. Sergio Stagno, was created to honor the memory of Dr. Russell Cunningham, a long-time member of the Department of Pediatrics and strong advocate for medical student education.


    Science and Technology Honors Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program: The program is designed to support the student based clinical innovation ecosystem at UAB by providing rising junior and senior students from all STEM disciplines an opportunity to engage in a technology innovation development experience. It is a 10-week program.

    SEARCH: This program provides senior dental students an opportunity to experience clinical education and training at an off-site dental facility.

    Summer Healthcare Enrichment Program (SHEP): For a number of years, the School of Medicine has operated a summer program whereby students interested in medical or biomedical research careers spend most of a summer as students and student trainees at our medical school. The intent is to provide practical exposure about the study and practice of medicine to these potential future medical students. UAB believes that this remains an important mechanism to attract Alabama's best and brightest students to careers in healthcare and medical research.

    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): The SURF program hosts two undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Alabama each summer to provide research experiences. These students typically do not have access to research opportunities at their home institutions. The students will participate in ongoing projects related to our work on HP1 proteins and chromatin, and students will be co-mentored by various members of Dr. Riddle’s lab.

    Surgery Undergraduate Research Program (SURE): The program is to develop undergraduate students into competitive candidates for medical school and graduate school by providing them with research knowledge, research experience, and exposure to surgical careers. Students will complete an 8-10 week mentored research internship program while learning core research techniques.


    UAB Honors Neuroscience Summer Research Academy (UNP-SRA): This program provides intensive research experiences to UAB Neuroscience students that have demonstrated excellence in academic coursework, promise in basic laboratory skills and expressed interest in further professional development.

    UAB/CORD Summer Science Institute (SSI): The UAB/CORD Summer Science Institute (SSI) comprises sequential biology courses in three successive summers. Rising high school sophomores have the opportunity to take SSI I (Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology), rising juniors participate in SSI II (Advanced Principles of Biology and Neurobiology) and rising seniors compete for a position in SSI III (Research Internship). The course of study is constructed to develop highly competitive applicants who will successfully gain admission to the best university science programs. Throughout the three-year program (including the school year), the participants are introduced to the opportunities for higher education at UAB. NIH/NCRR funded all three SSI experiences were through 2004. Further, the sequential program was run so as to bring a cohort of about 18 minority (BCS) students through the sequential program, thus in any year about 50 high school students were enrolled in the program. In 2005 we determined that there was a need to provide the course of study to significantly more students and to intermingle underprivileged and privileged students in the same classes. Therefore, beginning in 2005 this program has increased the number of students in the pipeline and offered the opportunity to many more majority and minority students in the area.

    UAB Surgical Education Leadership and Research Program: The goal of the program is to provide the next generation of surgeons with formal training in educational leadership and educational research skills. Participants will learn principles of teaching and learning, education research methods, and complete an advanced degree related to health professions education.

    UAB Transition for Health Professions-Biomedical Sciences: The program will equip and provide students with real-world experience opportunities that reinforce classroom lessons. The students will understand the implications of working with community partners and the preparation for citizenship, work, and life.

    University Training Program in Yeast Genetics and Phenomics: The program will provide undergraduate or post-graduate students from within and outside UAB the opportunity for training in genetics and phenomics.

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