The Summer Diabetes Research Program at UIC is a ten-week summer internship for undergraduates with a focus on diabetes research. The program is sponsored by the NIH NIDDK R25 training program, UIC Department of Surgery, UIC Department of Bioengineering and UIC Honors College. Students will be compensated with a $3,000 stipend over the course of the ten-week program.
Types of Research Projects
Student participants will be involved in research projects such as islet transplantation, islet physiology, tissue engineering, beta-cell proliferation, microfluidic and nanotechnology technology, biological imaging, microencapsulation, and many other topics. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn biosafety basics, common laboratory skills, animal modeling, biostatistics, career development, literature review, patient-based clinical observation, and other concepts that will translate to future careers in research and healthcare.
Objectives and Goals
The objectives of the program are to train the next generation of scientists and engineers to build and sustain an interdisciplinary research pipeline in the field of diabetes research and treatment through participating in challenging diabetes-related projects supervised by research mentors from UIC. It includes seminar-based lectures, individual student-tailored research projects, and clinical immersion. Specific emphasis is given to the students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields.
How to Apply
The application process includes essays, letters of recommendations, as well as an interview. Applications must be submitted by January 15th, 2017. Notification of application decisions will be sent sometime on or around February 15, 2017. The program will run from May 30 through July 28, 2017.