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RAMP-UP: Research in Aging through Mentorship and Practice – Undergraduate Program

Program Dates: June 6 - July 29, 2022
Applications are due by Friday, April 15, 2022

The UAB MHRC invites rising sophomore undergraduate students to participate in its two-year intensive eight-week Research in Aging through Mentorship and Practice – Undergraduate Program (RAMP-UP), which takes place in June and July, with additional virtual learning opportunities during the academic year.

Eligible Applicants: We are accepting applications for these paid internships from undergraduate students currently entering their sophomore year of their undergraduate degree program at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Tuskegee (TU), Alabama A&M University (AAMU), Alabama State University (ASU), Oakwood University (OU), or Stillman College (SC).

RAMP-UP provides activities focused on mentored research experiences and education in research regarding senior adults, aging, and health disparities research for underrepresented students in MSTEM fields and combines it with structured career planning and guidance to increase the likelihood that students will complete graduate studies and enter the research workforce. Download the 2022 RAMP-UP Summary and Application

Selected students will receive a stipend of $1,920/month for 8 weeks both summers.
To apply, download the Summary and Application above and follow the provided instructions, or click here to apply now. All letters of recommendation should be submitted by the recommender to

Students must be:

  • US Citizens or permanent residents
  • Represent diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis
  • Maintain a B average in all course work
  • Completed their freshman year in good standing prior to the start of the research experience
  • Convey their motivation to learn about and participate in research

Additional Materials:

  • Personal Statement
    • Why would you like to participate in the RAMP-UP Program?
    • How will participation impact your academic and career goals?
    • What qualifications set you apart from other applicants?
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Sent by the recommender to
    • Should be on institutional or organizational letterhead and include a signature
    • Should be from people familiar with your academic work

Components included in program:

  1. Mentored Research Experience: Participants will be matched with a mentor who has expertise in an area of interest to the Trainee related to aging research. The mentor will be responsible for guiding the mentee’s development as a researcher.
  2. Additional Training: Trainees will participate in 10 hours per week of additional training including in-person and web-based learning activities during the summer program.
  3. Research Project: Trainees will continue to collect and analyze data to answer their research questions, guided by mentors and program faculty/staff.

View the 2022 RAMP-UP Flyer


STEP-UP: Short-Term Research Experience Program to Unlock Potential

STEP-UP is a biomedical research experience for under-represented 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. 

The goal of the NIDDK STEP-UP Program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Deadline for 2022 applications is February 01, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, details are subject to change.

View the 2022 Program Flyer

STEP-UP Summer Interns Receive:

  • Biomedical research experience during a 10 week summer program
  • $5,500 Stipend
  • All expense paid travel to present at the Annual STEP-UP Symposium at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD 
  • Year-round mentoring support and career development advice


  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university
  • Have an interest in health-related careers
  • Have at least a 3.00 grade point average 


CRISP: Cancer Research Immersion Student Program

Sponsored by the Partnership of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Tuskegee University (TU), and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), CRISP seeks to introduce underrepresented minority students at the undergraduate level to cancer research, including research on cancer disparities, via training, mentoring, and coursework.  Through participation in designated seminars and workshops, research students will be able to enhance their knowledge, scientific techniques, and expertise in cancer and cancer research.

CRISP participants will become stronger candidates to continue their pursuit of advanced degrees in the field of cancer research and to progress to be independent investigators, ultimately leading to an increase the number of competent, well-trained minority cancer researchers and health care professionals working to decrease cancer health disparities in the Deep South.

The CRISP Summer Dates are June 6 – July 29, 2022 (eight weeks).

The summer program includes the following components, with additional virtual learning opportunities available during the academic year:

  • Opportunity to work with cancer researchers and scientists
  • Introduction to cancer research guided by faculty mentors
  • Development of a comprehensive career plan to achieve goals
  • Complete a hands-on cancer health disparities project
  • Classes in Career Roadmaps, Scientific Writing, and Cultural Competency
  • Prep course available for MCAT/GRE
  • Opportunity to present research results at local, regional, and national meetings
  • Students will be paid a stipend for their summer participation

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University (TU), Morehouse College (MC), Spelman College (SC) or the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with aspirations of pursuing a career in cancer research and cancer related health professions
  • Have at least a 3.00 grade point average (GPA)
  • Have intent to major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), social/behavioral science, or healthcare field

Click here to apply, and follow the instructions provided.

 View the 2022 Program Flyer


Past Programs


  • Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
    Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
    Undergraduates learn about careers in health care and health disparities research by participating in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), which helps them prepare for and gain admission to health-related graduate and professional schools. The program is available to students from UAB and six Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Alabama A&M, Alabama State University, Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, and Tuskegee University.

    Participants spend three consecutive summers in the program, allowing them to delve more deeply into health-related work and research. The first year, SEP students study scientific writing and cultural competency, tour all UAB health-related schools, and take a career road map class. In year two, SEP students continue scientific writing and begin a two-term course in health policy. Students culminate the year with a mentor-guided research project the findings of which are presented in a research poster competition. In their final year, SEP students complete the second health policy term and continue their research project or begin new research with their mentor the outcomes of which are presented at both the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo and SEP awards and closing ceremony.

    Participants in the 2015 UAB MHRC Summer Enrichment Program group are shown here with MHRC Director Mona Fouad, MD, MPH. These undergraduates represent UAB and six Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, and Tuskegee University.