UGSRF
APS is proud to have five programs that allow undergraduate students world-wide to participate in research during the summer. You may submit an identical application for as many of the following fellowships for which you are eligible and your research fits within the specified areas. However, you will only be allowed to accept one.

Programs Available
APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships (UGSRF)
The APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF) 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.

APS Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships (UGREF)
The Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship (UGREF) program funds 6 full-time undergraduate students with significant research experience to work for 10 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator.

APS Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Fellowships
The APS Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) program funds 24 undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to work for 8-12 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator or other biomedical researcher conducting work in the areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. Students who complete the first year of the STEP-UP program can apply for a second year of funding.  

APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowships
The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) program funds 24 undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to work for 10 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator or other biomedical  researcher working in the fields of cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders. Students who complete the first year of the STRIDE program can apply for a second year of funding. 

APS Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) Fellowships
The APS Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship program funds 8 undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to work for 10 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator or other biomedical  researcher working in the field of integrative organismal systems. Students who complete the first year of the IOS program can apply for a second year of funding.

To determine for which of these programs you are eligible and best qualified, see the table below.

 
  UGSRF UGREF STEP-UP STRIDE IOSP
Race/Ethnicity & Background           
 All Students
 Yes  Yes  No  No   No 
 Under-represented groups          
     -Student from under-represented racial/ethnic minority
 Yes  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes 
     -Student with disabilities  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes 
     -Student from disadvantaged background  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes 
     -First generation in family to graduate from 4-year college or university  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes  Yes 
           
 Citizenship


   
 US Citizen
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes  Yes 
 Non-US citizen national or legal permanent resident  Yes Yes
Yes
Yes  Yes 
 Foreign citizen
 Yes  Yes  No No No 
           
 Scholastic Record
         
 GPA overall ≥3.0 (0 - 4.0 scale) Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes   Yes  
 GPA overall <3.0 (0 - 4.0 scale)
No
No
No
 No No  
 Before freshman year of college
No 
No  *  No No  
 After Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year of college
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes    Yes
 After Senior year of college (1st summer following graduation)
No
Yes
Yes
No   No  
           
 Previous Research Experience
         
 Research in a physiology lab
≤ 9 mo ≥ 9 mo
Any 
 Any Any
 Peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and presentations at national meetings
Not allowed Required Allowed but not required
 Research Host must be APS member Yes Yes No Yes  Yes
*Only if participated as a High School STEP-UP Fellow

To determine the benefits of each program, see the table below.

 Comparison of Benefits of UG Programs 

  IOSP STEP-UP STRIDE UGREF UGSRF
Student          
 Stipend
 $4,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000
 Weeks worked 10 6-12* 10 10 10
 Subsistence (housing/food)
$1,050
for summer
None None None None
 Travel to research location None None None None None
 Meeting attendance Experimental
Biology
STEP-UP
Symposium
Experimental
Biology
Experimental
Biology
Experimental
Biology
 Meeting travel reimbursement $750 $1,200 $1,200 $1,300
(North Am)
$1,800
(Overseas)
$1,300
(North Am)
$1,800
(Overseas)
 Meeting Abstract required No Yes No Yes No
 Assignments (required for all) 5 online 5 online 5 online 5 online 5 online
 Assigned program mentors
Yes
Yes
Yes
No No
Research Host
         
 Unrestricted $500 $500 $500 $300 $300
 Other assistance Accommodations
for students
with disabilities
Accommodations
for students
with disabilities
Accommodations
for students
with disabilities
None None
*Stipend the same regardless of weeks worked.

Application Information
To learn more about what information is needed to apply and how to apply for each program, please visit the specific program website linked below under Resources.

Deadlines

Program
 Applications Due
Notification of Decision
 UGSRF  February 1
April 1
 UGREF  February 1
April 1
 STEP-UP  February 15
March 9
 STRIDE   February 1  April 1
 IOSP  February 1
 April 1



Resources

Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship

The APS Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology (IOSP) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for undergraduate underrepresented students interested in exploring comparative and evolutionary biology research careers.

Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

APS STEP-UP Program helps undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to increase understanding of and exposure to careers in biomedical research, experience biomedical research in NIDDK-related area and develop research and presentation skills, and become part of professional research community.

Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE)

The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in exploring biomedical research careers. The program provides exposure to the core National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) mission areas.

Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships (UGREF)

The Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship program funds undergraduate students with significant prior laboratory research experience to work for the summer in the laboratory.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program (UGSRF)

Summer research fellowship for undergraduate students interested in physiology research.

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