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CSTEP Paid Summer Research Internship Opportunity

The 2017 CSTEP Summer Research Program (SRP) Application is now available!

The 2017 CSTEP Summer Research Program is an intensive 8.5-week program designed to provide students with a faculty-mentored research experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and allied health majors (June 6, 2017 – August 3, 2017).  The structured research experience also enhances students’ competitiveness when pursuing graduate and professional school.  CSTEP seeks talented underrepresented students who are rising sophomores, juniors and continuing seniors whose academic careers would be enhanced by conducting research under the guidance and mentorship of faculty at the University at Buffalo.  A stipend of $3,300 will be awarded to participants.  Participants also have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to $2,200 during the academic year.

Research assignments are made based on mutual interests of faculty sponsors and student participants.  In addition to the research experience, students participate in a research methods course, seminars to develop soft skills, fieldtrips, and community service.  As a capstone, at the end of the program, students present their research projects to peers, faculty, and the University at Buffalo community during the Annual Research Symposium.

Candidates should have completed at least one year of science coursework, and intend to pursue allied health professions in Nursing, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology OR  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors.   A history of academic excellence and interest in research is required.  Students must submit applications before the Thursday, March 16th deadline.


Here’s what previous research interns have said about their experience:

“The CSTEP Summer Research Program isn’t just a program that provides research opportunities; it gave me access to alumni, scholarships, faculty, friendships, and networking.”

Michael Singletary, Electrical Engineering

“This experience has been amazing because not only was it educational and informative, but it was uplifting and made me feel like the sky is the limit…The internship opened my mind to research and helped me to consider multiple career options.”

-Melissa Pierre-Louis, Pre-Med


Program Benefits:

  • $3,300 stipend
  • (Students also have the opportunity to continue with additional funding during the academic year)
  • Faculty Mentorship
  • Structured research experience
  • Research Methods Seminar (3.0 credit hours paid by CSTEP)
  • Development of soft skills via seminars with experts
  • Networking with professionals, faculty, & peers
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Fieldtrips
  • Community Service
  • All expenses paid to attend & present at the UB Undergraduate Research Conference

Total Value $4,800


To apply (All forms and further information can be found at the CSTEP website):

The application process begins with completing the 2017 CSTEP Summer Research Application COVER SHEET and submitting all of the following components of the application:

  • Official UB Transcript
  • 1-2 page personal statement
  • Resume
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (each recommender gets one page)
  • Copy of your Student ID

Upon submitting that completed package, you will be prompted to Part 2 which is an online application.

This is a competitive process,  we encourage  students to start the process early. CSTEP staff are available to offer any assistance with the process.

CLIMB UP for Summer Research

Dear Undergraduate Students:

We would like to invite you to apply to The CLIMB UP (Undergraduate Program) for Summer Research at the University at Buffalo  for Summer 2017. We would also encourage you to share this with your friends, professors, and colleagues. Please see below and attached.

What is CLIMB UP?

The CLIMB (Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences) Program at UB has created CLIMB UP for Summer Research, an outstanding summer research experience for undergraduate students to excel in biomedical, STEM, and health science research and explore career opportunities. Now entering its 9th summer, the overall goal is to introduce you to research opportunities, facilitate understanding of recent advances in the STEM disciplines, and mentor you towards graduate and professional careers. As a CLIMB UP Fellow, you will be guided through novel and exciting research projects and mentored by faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows through the summer and beyond. You will spend 10 weeks (May 30-August 4, 2017) in the laboratory of your research mentor, whom you will be paired with based on your interests. We will train you in various areas necessary to safely and efficiently perform your research and related activities.

What Areas of Research Does CLIMB UP Offer?

The CLIMB UP for Summer Research offers many diverse research opportunities in the STEM disciplines. Faculty are associated with a wide range of UB programs, encompassing virtually every aspect of scientific research.

Based on your interests and career goals, you can apply to work with mentors who fall under 3 categories:

Each of the links below contains detailed information on recent mentors in each group.

Undecided!?! No problem! On your application, please let us know which mentors and/or areas of science are most interesting to you, and upon acceptance, we will work with you to select the best mentor for you.

What’s on the Agenda?

As a CLIMB UP Fellow, you will:

  • Complete individualized lab rotations
  •  Learn and apply laboratory skills (1-week course)
  • Gain exposure to a wide variety of STEM disciplines
  • Discover graduate and professional school possibilities at UB
  • Present your research in a formal symposium setting
  • Enjoy all that Summer in Western New York offers
  • Build lasting relationships with mentors and fellow students

Who Is Eligible for CLIMB UP?

CLIMB UP trains highly qualified undergraduate students interested in scientific research. Students receive a living stipend through SURF, CLIMB PRO, or iSEED (and other sources if available), and housing is provided for students who live outside of Western New York. Students enrolled in the program are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years in undergraduate programs in colleges and universities nationwide. We are often asked if students can be recent college graduates- and the answer is yes, but you should not be already enrolled in an advanced degree program. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for funding.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for Summer 2017 are due by February 1, 2017.

Applicants for The CLIMB UP for Summer Research are required to submit:

  1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM (click here!)
  2. Personal statement describing interest in research and career goals (in online application, or you may also email this part to
  3. Please forward a copy of your most recent CV or resume to
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from people who know you well (professor, advisor, supervisor, etc) should be e-mailed directly to the program at We strongly recommend that at least one of your letters be from someone who can comment specifically about your research experience. Please ask your referees to include in the subject line: your last name followed by a colon, and the words “CLIMB UP rec” (example, Smith:CLIMB UP rec)
  5. Please forward us a copy of your latest academic transcript, preferably by e-mail to climb@buffalo.eduunofficial copies are encouraged. Upon your acceptance into the program, we would request that you have your official transcript sent to us directly from your college or university.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact us!

For further information, please visit us online OR- “Like” CLIMB UP on Facebook!

Best wishes,

Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD
Director of the The CLIMB Program

Liz Marshall
CLIMB UP Program Coordinator

Rajendram V. Rajnarayanan, PhD
Associate Director of the The CLIMB Program

Jackie Baum
iSEED Coordinator


BRUSH Summer Research Program at Michigan State University

The Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program at Michigan State University is a Summer Research Program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. The BRUSH Program is suitable for students interested in biomedical research, and it is also valuable for students interested in human medicine or veterinary medicine.


During the 12-week BRUSH Program students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and also participate in ancillary activities to help them explore research as a career and succeed in the conduct and presentation of their research. The program is best suited for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate studies, although applicants with less college credit will be considered.


Students in this program are paid $4,800 for the summer, and additional funds are available to cover the cost of program related expenses (housing and conference travel).

For BRUSH Program details see



Ohio State SUCCESS Summer Research Program

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

SUCCESS Summer Undergraduate Course

Creating Excellence in Scientific Study

May 22, 2017 – July 29, 2017

10 Weeks


  • Laboratory Research
  • Professional Development/Ethics Training
  • Includes Housing, Travel Allowance and a generous stipend!


  • Increase Diversity in BioMedical Sciences
  • Prepare students to be more competitive in MD/PhD programs


  • Expected College Graduation date in 2018 or 2019
  • Enrolled in a U.S. 4-year


  • Available online October 2016
  • Application deadline January 7, 2017


Gap Year?

Chief Research Associate in a National Alliance of Research Associate Program (NARAP) Affiliate Hospital
Clinical Experience + Clinical Research + Leadership

Jump Starting a Career in the Health Professions

•    Undergraduate degree and pre-requisite courses completed
•    RA Program Director’s assistants for the academic year

•    Involved in all aspects of an emergency department’s clinical research  – potential for authorship

•    Leadership role on NARAP national, multi-center studies on cervical and breast  cancer screening
continuing tobacco cessation screening as a result of NARP’s first study
4th largest prospective, interventional study ever done in U.S.

•    Volunteer about 20 hours per week …
career advancement
time for a full-time job

NARAP details and application materials at the link.

Looking for a Clinical Experience?

Research Associates (RAs) Programs

Minimum: one, 4-hour shift per week in the emergency department depending on # of RAs, serving additional shifts possible

Enroll participants in studies on primary health care issues in a national, multi-center cervical and breast cancer screening and other research and/or clinical opportunities available

Structured, clinical interactions within the research model and routinely work w/100-150 ED patients and visitors/semester

Performance assessments and end of semester evaluation

More information at NARAP link.

Infectious Disease Modeling Research – University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology. Participants selected for this program will work with MIDAS Investigators, experienced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting exciting interdisciplinary research projects in this dynamic field. This intensive research-based experience will prepare applicants interested in working at the interface of mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics, epidemiology, public health and biological sciences for the rigors of scientific research and graduate education.

There are numerous research investigators, topic areas and projects ongoing within the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence.


Completed applications are due by Monday, February 24, 2014.

Official transcripts are to be sent directly to the address below:

Questions?  Contact:

Phillip Palmer, PhD, MIDAS Education & Outreach Coordinator
Suite M-252A, Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Tel: (412) 624-6957
Fax: (412) 624-3858

Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) offers biomedical research opportunities to undergraduates who want to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences. Although each participating program operates independently, the academy unites students and provides them with opportunities for academic and social interaction. There are two major tracks within the VSSA; the Basic Science Programs for undergraduates interested in careers in research, and the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program for undergraduates who wish to pursue a career in medicine. Participation in any one of the Summer Science Academy programs is a valuable learning experience that enhances a student’s skills and makes him or her more competitive for acceptance to frontline graduate programs.

Each student has an opportunity to present their research at the Summer Symposium held on the last day of the nine-week program.  The Summer Symposium is the culmination of their summer experience, the primary feature of which is an independent research project in a laboratory at Vanderbilt University.  This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to experience research at a major academic research center and to understand what graduate life would be like were they to decide on a research career.  It is also an excellent opportunity for students to network with a very diverse group of students from other institutions from across the country.

Basic Science Participating Programs (Summer 2014)

–    The Molecular and Cellular Biology Summer Program (IGP) provides undergraduate students who may be interested in the Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), our Ph.D. track program, hands-on research experience in the laboratory of an IGP faculty preceptor.
–    The BP-ENDURE Program hosted by a collaboration between Hunter College and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute connects research-intensive institutions to institutions that have substantial enrollments of neuroscience majors from traditionally underrepresented groups. The program supports a range of activities to increase undergraduate student’s interest in the neurosciences, including research experiences, curriculum development, seminars and journal clubs.
–   The Integrative Cancer Biology Program has two different summer programs for undergraduates designed to train students specifically interested in cancer research how to address research questions in this field.

–   The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-IEP) offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D., the opportunity to work for nine weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at Vanderbilt University, a participating Alliance institution.
–    The Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training by the Middle Tennessee Chapter for the Society of Neuroscience (MTNCsfn) is designed to introduce students to neuroscience research outreach training through its Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training (SERPENT).
–   The Vanderbilt Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Biomedical Informatics (SURI-BMI) provides undergraduate students with a high quality, hands-on research experience with Biomedical Informatics faculty mentors; thereby encouraging students to consider pursuing PhDs and research careers in the field.
–    The objective of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Pharmacology is to introduce students to biomedical research and to help them gain an understanding of recent advances in pharmacological research through interactions with faculty, postdocs and, graduate students.
–    The Vanderbilt Benign Urologic Disease Center Summer Program provides undergraduate students who are interested in benign urologic disease, the opportunity for a research experience in one of the laboratories associated with the Vanderbilt Benign Urologic Disease Center.
–    The Vanderbilt Minority Summer Research Program offers undergraduates, who are members of federally recognized groups as underrepresented in the sciences, a summer research internship in the laboratory of an outstanding scientist at Vanderbilt University.
–    The Vanderbilt Summer Diabetes Research Program provides undergraduate students who are interested in diabetes the opportunity for a research experience in one of the many laboratories associated with the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.
–    The Vascular Biology-Short Term Training Program for Minority Students offers undergraduate students an NIH funded training program in vascular biology. The STTP for Minority Students offers a laboratory experience designed to teach contemporary research techniques and enhance essential laboratory skills. Combining research activities with coursework, students gain a better grasp of research concepts and improve their critical thinking with regards to the literature and their own studies.

The Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program is a separate track within the VSSA that gives undergraduates the opportunity to explore the busy life of an academic medical center. It is designed for individuals who may wish to pursue a career as a physician in a teaching hospital, in a clinic, or as a physician scientist. Participants will actively engage with a physician’s research team over a nine-week period. Participants are also exposed to the clinical environment, spending one half-day per week shadowing resident physicians in the hospital.

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2014.  Please go to for additional information.