The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) through the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination invite students to submit their application for the Summer Research Training Program. This program is specific to undergraduate students underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, including African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Successful applicants will join one of NIDDK’s research laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland or Phoenix, Arizona for ten weeks beginning in June through first week of August.
At the end of the summer, students participate in the NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day. This provides an opportunity for students to present their work before the NIH scientific community. Students are also expected to participate in meetings and seminars in their individual laboratories. In addition, with permission from their preceptors, students may also attend formal lectures and symposia, which are listed in the weekly "NIH Calendar of Events." The NIH Calendar of Events is only available for students working at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
Research performed by the laboratories and branches of the NIDDK covers an extraordinarily diverse area but is unified by a commitment to excellence in both basic and clinical investigation. The basic science laboratories include outstanding groups in many facets of modern molecular biology, structural biology, including x-ray crystallography and NMR, cell biology, and pharmacology. Systems under study include viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes, including yeast and mammalian cells. Developmental biology is represented by studies ranging from those on cellular slime molds to those on mouse oocyte development. Several laboratories use the most up-to-date techniques in receptor pharmacology, natural products chemistry, and organic chemistry to study a wide variety of compounds, particularly neuroactive agents. Not only biochemical but also mathematical and physical chemical methods are applied to a variety of fundamental problems.
The clinical branches of NIDDK combine basic science and clinical investigation with patient care. Several branches study endocrine diseases and general aspects of signal transduction, including growth factor and hormone action. Molecular biologic and molecular genetic techniques have been used to elucidate specific gene mutations representing the underlying defect in a variety of diseases, including thyroid hormone resistance, certain forms of diabetes, and other disorders of signal transduction. Several NIDDK scientists have created transgenic and knockout mice models of human diseases.
- Independent research in a NIH laboratory;
- Weekly research and career development seminars;
- Summer seminar series where senior NIH investigators discuss the latest developments in biomedical research.
- Poster presentation
- Will be required to attend courses in Ethics in Research and Lab Safety.
- Students will be paired with post baccalaureates or postdoctoral fellows for informal guidance.
- Bi-weekly informal meetings with OMHRC staff.
- Undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 year at an accredited institution
- U.S. Citizen or permanent resident status
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA
Location and Duration:
- Student Participation Allowance ($2,500)
- Travel expenses to Bethesda, Maryland or Phoenix, Arizona (up to $500)
- 10 weeks, starting in June through mid-August.
- Bethesda, Maryland or Phoenix, Arizona
- Complete the on-line application at http://www.scgcorp.com/SIP/ (You are now being sent to an external website for online registration. This website is hosted by the support services contractor managing this conference. If you have any questions, please contact: The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. at 301-670-4990.) or print and complete a paper copy. Please type or print neatly in blue/black ink only and fax or email to Ms. Winnie Martinez, contact information below. Be sure to keep your contact information updated at all times.
- Include a copy of your curriculum vitae.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members/advisors who can address your intellectual and personal suitability for the Program.
- Personal Statement - Describe your research interest, career goals, and reasons for applying to this program in 600 words or less; double-space.
- Official Transcript - The official college transcript mailed directly from your school.
- Application Submission
Applications may be submitted electronically or via fax to:
Ms. Winnie Martinez
Office of Minority Health Research Coordination
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
II Democracy Plaza
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 906A
Bethesda, MD 20892
Application Deadline: February 15
Submission of completed applications before the deadline is strongly encouraged.
Online Application (You are now being sent to an external website for online registration. This website is hosted by the support services contractor managing this conference. If you have any questions, please contact: The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. at 301-670-4990.)
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