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American Physiological Society Summer Research Programs

The American Physiological Society (APS) offers five programs that allow undergraduate students to participate in research during the summer. Recipients of the Society’s five summer fellowship programs spend an average of 10 weeks in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member.

Each program recruits undergraduate students nationwide (worldwide for the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship and the Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship), and some are geared toward providing research experiences to a wide range of students—including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and students with disabilities—to work with APS member-researchers in a specific area of physiological research.

Participants are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Each Fellow receives a stipend plus additional funds for travel to present his or her research at a scientific meeting. Research hosts receive funds for student lab supplies.

The five programs are:

The APS Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for undergraduate underrepresented students interested in exploring comparative and evolutionary biology research careers.

The http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Education/Minority-Program/Educational-Projects/STEP-UP-Fellowships APS Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) helps undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to increase understanding of and exposure to careers in biomedical research, experience biomedical research in NIDDK-related area and develop research and presentation skills, and become part of professional research community.

The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in exploring biomedical research careers. The program provides exposure to the core National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) mission areas.

The Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship program  (UGREF) funds undergraduate students with significant prior laboratory research experience to work for the summer in the laboratory.

The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program (UGSRF) offers summer research fellowship for undergraduate students interested in physiology research.

Other available undergraduate research opportunities in the U.S. and abroad can be found by clicking on the XLS link at the bottom of this page.

Eligibility information on the various programs can be found here.

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