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 Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Applicants from the 2020 summer programs who are interested in particating in a 2021 summer program, please submit the following form: 2020 Continued Interest Form

Applicants interested in applying for 2021 SIBS, PARAdiGM, KURE, SURE-GM, SPIN, or SURE programs, please complete the application below.
2021 UAB SOM Summer Biomedical Research Application

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 first summer at HudsonAlpha and the second year conducting research at UAB.

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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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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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Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE)

Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE)

Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE) gives you the opportunity to learn about advances in kidney research and be mentored as you work on your own research project in a lab within UAB’s kidney community of investigators. This 8-week program allows you the unique opportunity to gain experience in the field of biomedical research. KURE works in partnership with UAB Childhood Cystic Kidney Disease Core Center (UAB-CCKDCC).

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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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Summer Program in Neurosciences (SPIN)

Summer Program in Neurosciences (SPIN)

Summer Program in Neurosciences (SPIN) is an 8-12 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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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 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 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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MGH Summer Research Trainee Program (STRP)

MGH Summer Research Trainee Program (STRP)

MGH Summer Research Trainee Program (STRP) Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is now accepting applications for the summer program. SRTP offers students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in 9-weeks of cutting-edge research opportunities.

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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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Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Other

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Investing in the Future Student Research Summer Fellowship

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Investing in the Future Student Research Summer Fellowship

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Investigating in the Future Student Research Summer Fellowship supports digestive disease and nutrition-related research projects. Highly qualified students will work in the labs of top investigators in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. 

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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CFFA) offers financial support for students to spend time performing research on topics relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) for a minimum of 10 weeks. CCFA hopes to stimulate research interest in the areas of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. 

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation offers Student Traineeships to introduce students to research related to cystic fibrosis. Trainees must work for a duration of 10 weeks or more with a faculty sponsor on a research project related to CF. The stipend is $2,000 and is paid directly to the sponsoring institution

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Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program allows talented undergraduate students who are interested in a career in academic research to spend 10 weeks during the summer conducting hypothesis-driven research on childhood cancer. 

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Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Student Program

Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Student Program

Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Student Program at the Siteman Cancer Center provides opportunities for undergraduate, premed and medical students enrolled at Washington University or other accredited universities to work on cancer research projects during the summer.

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Search the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

Search the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

Search the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) site for research opportunities aimed at increasing diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. IBP designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups. A tutorial on how to search the IBP database is located here

AACR Education Award Opportunity

AACR Education Award Opportunity

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) offers the Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program for participation in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings. Available to full-time, third-year undergraduate students majoring in science, the purpose of these awards is to inspire promising science students to enter the field of cancer research.

AAMC Summer Program Opportunities

MD/PhD Summer Opportunities

MD/PhD Summer Opportunities

Find MD/PhD undergraduate research opportunities on medical school campuses here

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Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Find summer undergraduate research programs from across the United States here.

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Summer Enrichment Database

Summer Enrichment Database

A database resource to help locate enrichment programs (MCAT Prep, Research, General) on university and college campuses. Access the database here.

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UASOM Pre-Med Summer Opportunities

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.

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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