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The Undergraduate Pipeline Network summer research experience will work to cultivate students' interest in research while helping them attain skills needed to apply for and succeed in post-baccalaureate education. The program provides the opportunity for students to choose from three types of research – basic science/laboratory, clinical/translational, and community-based. The program period covers 8 weeks and students participate in the program a minimum of 40 hours per week.
The program includes elements that strive to increase students’ competency in presentation skills, preparing applications to graduate programs (writing the essay, interviewing skills), working with mentors, professional skills and research etiquette, responsible conduct of research, being a member of a multi-disciplinary team, and understanding career options in clinical and translational science. The students have the opportunity to observe research activities in different settings, such as within core facilities and within clinical and community-based settings, and are exposed to other facets of clinical and translational research that are different than the one to which they are assigned.
Each undergraduate student is mentored during the program by a faculty member. In addition, students will have regular contact with a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, medical resident, clinical fellow, or research staff member during the entire period of their program.
Each undergraduate student has a research project that falls within at least one of the three types of research, and provides the student with sufficient opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to conduct independent research. Students will then present their research to the scientific community during the program’s poster session.
The UPN program awards each student a summer experience package to cover a stipend, some meals, activity fees, and tuition. The total package is worth approximately $5,000.