Program Goal
To encourage undergraduate students worldwide to pursue a career as a basic research scientist.

Program Objectives
Students participating in the program will:

  1. Improve their skills and independence in developing a hypothesis-driven research project, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the experimental results and conclusions;
  2. Present at least one poster or oral presentation on their experimental results at a scientific meeting;
  3. Attend a national multi-society scientific meeting and interact with fellow undergraduate awardees;
  4. Complete a draft manuscript and complete the APS online Professional Skills Training Course, “Writing and Reviewing for Scientific Journals”
  5. Peer mentor UGSRF students via online networking
  6. Express a strengthened commitment to a research career as a result of the summer program; and
  7. Enroll in a graduate or combined graduate/professional program to pursue a career in basic biomedical research.
APS conducts both entry and exit surveys for each year of the program asking about the program, research skills the student has gained, and their thoughts about a future career. In addition, 2 years after the program, fellows are re-surveyed to gain further information on their career paths.