Undergraduate Research and Career Pathway Seminars

Want to get more experience in research, but find it difficult as an undergraduate? This article outlines the steps involved in selecting and successfully applying to a summer undergraduate research program. To access the article, please Click Here.

Annual NIGMS Director's Early Career Investigator Lecture encourages undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedical research. To access the lecture, please Click Here.

UAB Heersink SOM Clinical and Research Undergraduate Summer Program Opportunities

Applicants interested in applying for 2023 SIBS, PARAdiGM, KURE, SURE-GM, Blazer BRAIN, RaCE4Path-UG, or SURE programs, please complete the application below.
2023 UAB SOM Summer Biomedical Research Application

  • Blazer Broadening Representation And Inclusion in Neuroscience (Blazer BRAIN)
    Blazer Broadening Representation And Inclusion in Neuroscience (Blazer BRAIN)

    Blazer Broadening Representation And Inclusion in Neuroscience (Blazer BRAIN) is an 8-week program providing students with excellent scientific aptitude the opportunity to experience independent research in the neurosciences under the guidance of a UAB faculty member.  

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  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CFF-SURP)
    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CFF-SURP)

    This is an 8 week program funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to introduce outstanding undergraduates from diverse, underrepresented minority, and disadvantaged backgrounds to basic and translational research that is impactful to CF.

    Up to 8 students will be accepted into this CF-focused, paid summer program, running from June 5 to July 28, 2023, to work with faculty affiliated with the UAB Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center. CF SURP students will be given the opportunity to learn a wide range of research and professional development skills, with the potential option of a clinical or clinical research shadowing experience. Students will receive a stipend.

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  • HudsonAlpha BioTrain Internship
    HudsonAlpha BioTrain Internship

    HudsonAlpha BioTrain Internship program offers students with the opportunity to connect classwork with real-world experience and gain skills and knowledge that will prepare them for careers in biotechnology and related fields. BioTrain accepts 25-30 interns each summer. Interns work from 10 to 30 hours per week, depending on the position.

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  • Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE)
    Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE)

    UAB KURE - Kidney, Urology, and Hematology (KUH) Undergraduate Research Experience program is an NIH funded Summer Research Program giving you the opportunity to learn about advances in kidney, urology, and non-malignant hematology 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 8-week program allows you an in-depth experience in the field of biomedical research.

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  • Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)
    Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)

    Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) is a NIH/NHLBI funded 8-week program to introduce outstanding undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds to the exciting career options of being both a scientific investigator and a practicing physician. Students will work with UAB faculty on mentored research projects and participate in clinical shadowing experiences. In addition to receiving a stipend and campus housing for the summer, students will travel to the national ABRCMS meeting to present their research. 

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  • Research and Clinical Exp in Pathology for Undergrads (RaCE4Path-UG)
    Research and Clinical Exp in Pathology for Undergrads (RaCE4Path-UG)
    Undergraduate students will be recruited for the Research and Clinical Exp in Pathology summer program through the PSDO Application portal. This 8-week program will blend both clinical and research training in the area of pathology for a shared-science approach to learning.
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
    Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

    Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a regional initiative to promote the undergraduate participation in experimental and computational materials research. The NSF REU program provides a 10-week, hands on research experience where participants will work in the some of the UAB labs with renowned scientists. The research represents actual projects that will contribute in some way to the work already being conducted in the labs.

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  • Summer In Biomedical Sciences (SIBS)
    Summer In Biomedical Sciences (SIBS)

    Summer In Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) is an 8-week program where undergraduate students work with UAB faculty on mentored research projects while becoming integrated members of our vibrant academic medicine community. Students receive a stipend and campus housing for the summer.  

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  • Summer Internship Program for Training in Statistical Genetics
    Summer Internship Program for Training in Statistical Genetics

    Summer Internship Program for Training in Statistical Genetics is a 10-week program that gives current undergraduate students interested in the possibility of pursuing a graduate program in Statistical Genetics an opportunity to explore statistical genetics, emphasizing applications in basic research and using statistical methods to learn about the experimental design and how to analyze the genetic data.

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  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomic Medicine (SURE-GM)
    Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomic Medicine (SURE-GM)

    Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomic Medicine (SURE-GM) is UAB's NIH/NHGRI R25 funded summer program for outstanding undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state of Alabama who want to explore the potential of a future career as scentific investigators in the fields of genetics and genomics. This 2-year summer program is a partnership with HudsonAlpha and UAB, where students will spend their summer conducting research at UAB.

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  • Summer Health Professions Education Program
    Summer Health Professions Education Program

    Summer Health Professions Education Program goal is to increase diversity in health professions by recruiting and preparing underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students for successful educational experiences and careers in health care. The Summer Health Professions Education Program is a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine (SOM), School of Dentistry (SOD), School of Optometry (SOO), and School of Health Professions (SHP), home to the Physician Assistant program.

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  • Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
    Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

    Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an 8-week program offered by UAB Department of Surgery, provides promising undergraduate students who are interested in a medical career with research experience and knowledge that prepares students to be competitive for admission to medical school and encourages them to consider careers in academic medicine, particularly in the field of surgery. 

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UAB Heersink SOM Clinical Summer Programs that Require a Separate Application
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
    Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

    The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is a free 6-week summer enrichment residential programs for first and second year college students, developed from a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Optometry, and School of Health Professions, home to the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs. Application can be accessed through here

  • Step-Up Short-Term Research Experience
    Step-Up Short-Term Research Experience

    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. Application can be accessed through here.

  • Manos Juntas (Holding Hands)
    Manos Juntas (Holding Hands)

    Get to know UAB faculty members and receive mentoring opportunities, which provide a chance for academic advice and career discussions, as well as general life issues. Enjoy meeting and networking with fellow UAB Hispanic and Latino students.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Other

UAB Post-Bacalaureate Programs

  • NIH Postbac Intramural Research Training Award (POSTBAC IRTA/CRTA)
    NIH Postbac Intramural Research Training Award (POSTBAC IRTA/CRTA)

    NIH Postbac Intramural Research Training Award (POSTBAC IRTA/CRTA) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH.

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  • Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
    Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

    Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) encourages underrepresented minorities who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedical relevant science to pursue a research doctorate. PREP scholars work as apprentice scientists in a preceptor's lab and participate in student development and education activities. This program strengthens the research skills and competitiveness of participants so that they are better prepared to pursue a graduate degree.

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  • Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences Program
    Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences Program

    Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences Program enhances your value for admission into medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy or other health science professional school. In less than one year – you can set yourself apart from everyone else. The only 11-month master’s program of its kind in the Southeast will help improve your MCAT, DAT and OAT scores.

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AAMC Summer Program Opportunities

AACR Education Award Opportunity