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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 established investigator
  • 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 your research
  • 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

Fellows receive:

  • $4,000 summer stipend to the student (10 weeks support)
  • 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.


Student applicants must:

  • Have an overall GPA of > 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)
  • 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 good standing.
  • 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

 Research host applicants must:

  • Be an APS member in good standing at the time of application
  • Provide a letter documenting the student’s role in the research process, both prior to the application and planned work in the proposed fellowship year
  • 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, etc.

Selection Criteria
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.