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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $4,000 stipend, $300 grant to research host

Application deadline: February 1

Questions? Contact: Education and Member Communities Department

Who can apply: Undergraduate students with no more than nine calendar months of research experience.

Award Description

The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships (UGSRF) allow students to participate in a hands-on research in the laboratory of an established researcher and APS member for 10 weeks. Fellows have the opportunity to network with other APS Fellows interested in and conducting biomedical or basic research, explore the nature of research and the scientific process, investigate physiology career options, what it takes to find career success, learn about scientific writing and draft a meeting abstract, learn about common ethical issues in figure and text preparation and pose their career questions to members of the APS.

The award will be presented annually (contingent upon funding) to up to 12 students. The UGSRF award consists of:

  • $4,000 stipend;
  • Travel expenses (up to $1,300 for domestic students and up to $1,800 for international students) for the awardee to attend the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology; and
  • Up to $300 in reimbursement for lab supplies to the fellow's research host.

Additional fellowships are granted to two to three top-ranking UGSRF candidates. These fellowships are supported by The Hearst Foundations and are designated the APS Hearst Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. The Hearst Fellowship award consists of:

  • $4,000 stipend;
  • Up to $1,000 in housing subsistence;
  • Travel expenses (up to $1,300 for domestic students and up to $1,800 for international students) for the awardee to attend the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology; and
  • Up to $500 in reimbursement for lab supplies to the fellow's research host.

Eligibility
  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student.
  • Applicant should not have more than nine calendar months of research experience in a physiology laboratory, no previous peer reviewed publications, and no previous abstracts submitted to national or international meetings.
  • Applicant must be working with an APS member in good standing.
  • Applicant must have an overall GPA of >3.0 (0-4.0 scale).
  • Previous UGSRF awardees can only receive the UGSRF award once.
  • Only one UGSRF application per research host may be submitted.
  • There are no citizenship requirements for this award.

Criteria

Final selection of the award recipient will be made by the members of the APS.

Applications shall consist of:

  1. A 500-word description of the student’s research project to be written by the student. If this is not written in the student’s own words, it will not be reviewed by the Committee.
  2. A copy of the student’s transcript (official or unofficial)
  3. One-page personal statement written by the student that describes the following:
    1. Background, achievements, interests in short-term goals,
    2. Long-term career goals,
    3. How the research experience will positively influence their career development
    4. A statement concerning the student's choice of the APS member researcher who will host them in their lab.
  4. Two letters of recommendation:
    1. One from the research host the applicant proposes working with over the summer.
    2. One from a faculty member at the student’s home institution.

To the extent possible, these letters should rank the applicant in comparison to other students at similar levels. Both letters should speak directly to the issue of the student’s potential to pursue a career in physiology as a research scientist. The letter from the research host should describe the basis or factors that resulted in an invitation to work in their laboratory. Letters should also comment specifically on the student’s career aspirations and the stage of development of those aspirations.


Applications are only accepted via online submission.

 

 

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