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UAB KURE - Kidney, Urology, and non-Malignant Hematology (KUH) Undergraduate Research Experience program is an NIH-funded Summer Research Program allowing you to learn about advances in "KUH" research and be mentored in your research project in a lab by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's renowned KUH community of investigators. This 12-week program (8 weeks on campus) allows you an in-depth experience in the field of biomedical research.

Program Dates

Virtual Program: May 13, 2024 - May 31, 2024
Campus Program: June 3, 2024 - July 28, 2024
NIH Conference: Early August 2024

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Application Timeline

Rolling Admissions Begin: Mid February 
Application Deadline: February 28, 2024

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  • Opportunities


    Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and work in a team environment of PhD students, post-docs, fellows, and other researchers to work on a project that is supported by on-going NIH or related grants. All projects are related to advances in kidney, urology, and/or non-malignant hematology research. Methodological approaches include a full range of molecular, biochemical, and cell biology approaches, in vitro tissue perfusion and function techniques, as well as chronic animal models that assess renal and vascular function. 

    • Close mentorship on summer research project
    • Networking opportunities with near peers and professionals
    • Advanced education in kidney,¬†urology, and non-malignant hematology (KUH) biology
    • Transplant and Clinical observations
    • Oral presentation of your research at KURE Symposium
    • Poster presentations at UAB Research Expo as well as the KUH NIH Conference
  • Additional Benefits

    Additional Benefits

    UAB KURE is a focused opportunity to develop your research and biomedical knowledge through a mentored experience in a team environment. With over 80+ members of the Nephrology, CKD, Urology, and Hematology community are involved in the program - the networking and development opportunities do not stop! Not to mention the opportunity to live in downtown Birmingham throughout the summer!

    In addition the research and trining opportunities - the program provides:

    • $3500 stipend
    • Housing (Shared apartment style dorms with kitchen)
    • Social activities
  • Application Details

    Application Details

    Application Process (See above)


    • Statement of academic interest and career goals as well as describe your interest in kidney, urology, and/or non-malignant research
    • Current resume in PDF format
    • Contact information for two faculty writing letters of recommendation
    • Academic transcript including your Fall 2023 grades. This can be sent in separately any time prior to the deadline.
    • Candidates will be reviewed on the above completed information
    • Top Candidates will be asked to complete a short interview

    Acceptance: We begin offering admittance on a rolling basis in February, deadline for all UAB KURE Applications is February 28, 2024

    Strong Applicants:

    • Minimum GPA of 3.2
    • At least 60 credit hours completed by the end of the spring semester
    • Preference given to students who have completed advanced biology courses with direct biomedical focus
    • Preference given to those interested in nephrology-related biomedical research

    Holistic Review:

    UAB KURE Selection Committee recognizest the humanity of each candidate and reviews each application from a holistic perspective based on the information provided by the candidate and recommendation letters.

Contact UAB KURE program manager Rena Becker or program director Dr. Jennifer Pollock

Funding: R25 DK 115353 - in partnership with: NIH U54 DK126087 UAB Childhood Cystic Kidney Disease Core Center (UAB-CCKDCC)