The APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships program funds up to 24 fellowships during the summer. These fellowships are to support full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory research experience to work in the laboratory of an established investigator. Applications by students from institutions with few limited research opportunities are especially encouraged.

The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students to pursue a career as a basic research scientist. Faculty sponsors/advisors must be active members of the APS in good standing.

Fellowships provide

  • Hands-on research experience in the lab of an established investigator
    • Developing an hypothesis
    • Designing experiments
    • Troubleshooting experiments
    • Collecting data
    • Analyzing data
    • Writing up results
    • Presenting results
  • Networking with 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 your career questions by members of the Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee
  • Opportunity to attend a national scientific meeting with 12,000 other scientists (and present your data, if applicable)
  • Ability to suggest changes or enhancements to the UGSRF program through surveys

Fellowship funding

  • $4,000 summer stipend to the student (10 weeks support, paid directly to the student)
  • $300 grant to the faculty sponsor/advisor (no overhead allowed)
  • up to $1,300 travel award/reimbursement to the student for attending (and presenting their data if applicable) at the APS annual meeting (Experimental Biology) or an APS Fall Conference


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.