Undergraduate Research and Career Pathway Seminars

How to apply to a summer undergraduate research program - 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.

Annual NIGMS Director’s Early Career Investigator Lecture encourages undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedical research.

UAB Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities


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 scientific 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 then the second year conducting research at UAB.  

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.  

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. 

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.

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.

Summer Program in Neuroscience (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.  

Research Experiences 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.  

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.  

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.

MGH Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) 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. 

Summer 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. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Other

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Investing 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. 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) 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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. How to search the IBP database tutorial.


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 Programs. Find MD/PhD undergraduate research opportunities on medical school campuses. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs. Find summer undergraduate research programs from across the United States.

Summer Enrichment Database.
A database resource to help locate enrichment programs (MCAT Prep, Research, General) on university and college campuses.

UASOM Pre-Med Summer Opportunities

Pre-Med 1st Science Training Enrichment Program (STEP) is an initiative that fosters support and encouragement for undergraduate students who seek to enroll at UASOM by providing successful mentor-mentee pairings between doctors and current UAB students. In addition to forming meaningful relationships, the Pre-Med 1st STEP provides monthly workshops and activities to better prepare students for medical school.  

Summer Health Enrichment Program (SHPEP) is a six-week summer enrichment for undergraduate students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry and health professions. The program provides shadowing experiences, graduate entrance exam preparation, and mock interviews with Admission Committee members.  

Step-up Short-term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons program offers 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 are interested in exploring research careers.

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-Baccalaureate Programs

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.  

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 psend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH.

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.