American Physiological Society (APS) Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships
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Application Deadline: February 1, 2014
The APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program funds
24 full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory
research experience to work for 10 weeks during the summer in
the laboratory of an established APS investigator. Each student
has his/her own research question to work on during the summer.
The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students
to pursue a career as a basic research scientist.
The Fellowships provide:
Hands-on research experience in the lab of an
Networking with and peer mentoring other
undergraduates interested in biomedical research
Exploration of the nature of research and how
scientists think about their specific question
Exploration of career options and what it takes
to be successful in those careers
Answers to students’ career questions by
experiences physiology researchers and educators
Opportunity to attend a national scientific
meeting with 12,000 other scientists and present
Opportunity to write a draft manuscript and
participate in an online APS course on writing
and reviewing for scientific journals
Opportunities to provide feedback on the program
or suggest changes or enhancements
$4,000 summer stipend to the student (10 weeks
Up to $1,300 travel award/reimbursement to the
student to attend and present at the
Experimental Biology meeting
Research hosts receive:
$300 unrestricted grant, typically used for lab
expenses, student activities, etc.
Have an overall GPA of > 3.0 (on a
Be a full-time 1st through 3rd
year undergraduate student with little or no
laboratory research experience.
Student should not have more than 9
calendar months of research experience in a
physiology laboratory, no previous peer-reviewed
publications, and no previous abstracts
submitted to national or international meetings.
The laboratory host must be an APS member in
Be eligible to be paid by a U.S. institution.
There is no specific citizenship
requirement but non-U.S. students must have a
visa that allows them to be paid
Be an APS member in good standing at the time of
Provide a letter documenting the student’s role
in the research process, both prior to the
application and planned work in the proposed
Describe how the student will be involved in
other laboratory activities such as journal
clubs, animal care/human use training, research
ethics training, poster presentation sessions,
Selection of participants is based on academic merit and the
availability of appropriate faculty mentors.
Special consideration is given to applications whose
socio-economic background, access to educational opportunities,
and other life experiences suggest they would especially benefit
from this type of program.