Undergraduate Training Program


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.
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.

STEP-UP Summer Interns Receive:
• Biomedical research experience during a 10 week summer program
• May 28 through August 2, 2019
• $5,000 Stipend
• All expense paid travel to present at the Annual STEP-UP Symposium at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD (July 28-30, 2019)
• 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

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Applications must be received by February 1, 2019.

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.

Manos Juntas (Holding Hands) provides mentoring to UAB Hispanic and Latino students. The program allows each participant to get to know a UAB faculty member who is not their classroom teacher. Students have a chance to discuss academic issues, career choices, and general life issues with an experienced faculty member.

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.