STEP-UP Fellowships

The APS STEP-UP program is designed to help undergraduate students nationwide from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities to work with APS member researchers in the fields of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic diseases. Students conduct 8-12 weeks of hands-on biomedical research during the summer.

STEP-UP Fellows complete not only 8-12 weeks of a summer research experience and professional development activities on in the research laboratory but also interactive, online activities with students nationwide, exploring career options, responsible conduct of research, structuring research studies, developing abstracts, and presenting research posters. 

Fellows also attend the annual undergraduate STEP-UP Research Symposium held in August each year. This symposium gives students from all STEP-UP Centers an opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster research presentation. In addition, APS encourages STEP-UP research hosts to support Fellows’ travel to the APS annual meeting, Experimental Biology to again present their work.

All APS STEP-UP Fellows receive 2-year complimentary undergraduate student membership in the APS.

Students who complete the first year of the STEP-UP program can apply for a second year of funding.

APS encourages students to apply for the program and select “APS” as your STEP-UP Coordinating Center.

APS was awarded the 5-year STEP-UP grant and began serving as one of the three Undergraduate STEP-UP Coordinating Centers in 2012.


Experimental Biology (EB)

The annual EB meeting is a multi-society interdisciplinary, biomedical, and scientific meeting that features plenary and award lectures, symposia, oral and poster sessions, a placement center, and an exhibit of scientific equipment, supplies, and publications.

What is Diabetes Research?

Learn more about diabetes research in this collection which includes articles, videos, and press releases focused on diabetes research.