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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will be hosting two research programs for undergraduate students. Both 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.

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS): Undergraduate students are given the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-driven laboratory research. Previous research experience is not required. UAB especially welcomes applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. They accept 15 students per summer into this program, and expect applicants to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. Successful candidates will typically demonstrate GPA's of 3.0 or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas. To apply, click here.

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 lab of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic mental centers by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students 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. To apply, click here.

These two 8-week programs will be held concurrently from June 1-July 28, 2017. Students will receive stipends and free on-campus housing, but will be responsible for their own meals, for travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses. Students in both programs will be introduced to the concept of scientific research, principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis, the interpretation presentation, and translational applications of research results, and to clinicians who practice at academic medical centers. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2017.

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