UAB KURE - Kidney, Urology, and non-Malignant Hematology (KUH) Undergraduate Research Experience program is an NIH funded Summer Research Program giving you the opportunity to learn about advances in "KUH" research and be mentored in your own 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 Timeline

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

Application Timeline

*Central Application Opens October 2023 
Interviews Offers Begin: January 10
Rolling Admissions Begin: February 1
Application Deadline: February 28, 2024

KURE 2019-2022 Alumni

  • Opportunities
  • Additional Benefits
  • Application Details
  • 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

    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 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 administrator 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)