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STEP-UP Summer Biomedical Research InternshipBookmark This
Penn State University
Any University nationwide
Posted: November 15 2016
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Position: 50 Full-time, Paid
Timeframe: 05/30/17 — 08/08/17
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DescriptionThe STEP-UP (https://stepup.niddk.nih.gov) program is a summer internship opportunity that provides undergraduates from underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Pacific Islanders), students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or students with disabilities to obtain research experience in basic science, clinical, behavioral and health systems science settings, and to promote biomedical research as a future career. STEP-UP research focuses specifically on the areas of diabetes, obesity, kidney and digestive diseases, endocrinology and nutrition. You may work at any university in the USA or Puerto Rico.
The ‘hands-on’ research experience is a key element in the STEP-UP program. Each student will be matched one-on-one with a faculty mentor. To the extent possible, the student will have his/her own project, framed such that the student is likely to have sufficient positive results to feel a sense of discovery and contribution to the creation of new knowledge.
At the conclusion of the summer, STEP-UP students meet at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD for the STEP-UP annual symposium. The purposes of the symposium are to provide students with an opportunity to develop confidence and experience in presenting research results to colleagues, to acquire new information from their peers’ presentations, to learn to critically assess research, to network with their peers, to learn about the facilities and programs offered by the NIH and to develop a sense of identity as a member of the research community. The STEP-UP program pays for all expenses related to the annual symposium.
ResponsibilitiesYou are required to work full-time, 40 hours per week beginning after Memorial Day and ending during the first week of August at the STEP-UP conference at the NIH in Bethesda. You may not take classes during your internship, and holding another part-time job in addition to STEP-UP is strongly discouraged. There are no scheduled vacation days during STEP-UP, however on holidays, such as the 4th of July, your lab may be closed for the day.
RequirementsSTEP-UP Interns Receive:
Biomedical research experience in diabetes, digestive and kidney disease areas
$4,500 Stipend for a 10 week summer program
Travel (all expenses paid) to the Annual STEP-UP Symposium at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD
US citizen, non-citizen national or legal resident, College student with 3.0 or higher GPA, STEM major
Individual from under-represented racial/ethnic group, with a disability, or economically disadvantaged background