Summer Research Opportunities at University of Alabama

Two exciting summer opportunities to share!

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is now accepting applications for two programs: The Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program 2015, and the Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) 2015.  Both of these programs introduce outstanding undergraduates to the exciting career options of being a scientific investigator while also being a practicing physician. Eligible students may apply to both programs.

These two eight week programs are held concurrently from June 2-July 24, 2015.

Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is February 15, 2015.


Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

The goal of this fellowship is to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-driven laboratory research. This experience should help participants to make well-informed decisions about future career plans.  Previous research experience is not required. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. Fifteen students per summer are accepted into this program. Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. Successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas.

Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)

The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, participants will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation about their research results. They will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. Previous research experience is not required in order to apply.  The PARAdiGM program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models.



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