Two Summer REU Programs at University of Alabama Birmingham: SIBS and PARAdiGM

Both of these programs introduce outstanding undergraduates to the exciting career options of being a scientific investigator while also being a practicing physician. Eligible students may apply to both programs.

These two eight week programs are held concurrently from June 1-July 28, 2017. Students will receive stipends and free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, for travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses. 

Students in both programs will be introduced to the concept of scientific research, principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis, the interpretation, presentation, and translational applications of research results, and to clinicians who practice at academic medical centers.

Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is February 15, 2017.

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. This experience should help students make well informed decisions about future career plans.  Previous research experience is not required. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. We accept fifteen students per summer into this program. We expect applicants to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. We anticipate that successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas. 


Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)

The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. Previous research experience is not required in order to apply.  The PARAdiGM program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models. 


You can learn more about SIBS and PARAdiGM at our websites or by contacting Robin Lorenz at,  or Jackie Bennett at

Vitae 2016 – U Investigators and Their Research Event


Vitæ is an annual event to highlight investigators and their pioneering research. This event underscores the excellence of our departments, their chairs and their faculty in recruiting and mentoring.

When: Thursday, December 8, 3:30–5 p.m.
Where: Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG) 1st Floor Auditorium
Vitæ 2016 speakers: Adam Bress, Danny Chou, Tracy Frech, Michelle Mendoza, Adam Spivak, and K-T Varley, representing the departments of Population Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, and Oncological Sciences.

Undergraduate Student Summer Research Opportunity – NAC (National Astronomy Consortium)

About the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC)

The NAC program is led by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities Inc., (AUI) in partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), and a number of minority and majority universities to increase the numbers of students from underrepresented* and underserved groups and those otherwise overlooked by the traditional academic pipeline into STEM or STEM-related careers.

The National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is an innovative, competitive program designed to provide research opportunities, and long-term mentoring support, to underrepresented students in STEM fields. The NAC program expands upon the traditional summer research experience by creating an expectation of long-term mentoring, along with engagement in a strong, national-level peer and mentor network. NAC students are selected for grit* and are partnered with world-class scientists, engineers, technicians, and other professionals, for research activities that extend beyond the summer into the academic year. Peer mentoring and support is an important component of the NAC, and is fostered through placement in thoughtfully-developed cohorts at leading observatories and universities.

Highlights of the program include:

·         Summer, and extended, research experience

·         In 2017, NAC sites include NRAO-Charlottesville, NRAO-Socorro, Princeton University, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

·         Summer stipend, and travel assistance

·         Long-term mentoring

·         Academic and professional development

·         Year-round, monthly virtual ‘hangouts’ to maintain peer support and continue professional development

·         Weekly cohort meetings during summer

·         Participation in American Astronomical Society winter meeting

·         Participation in annual NAC Workshop at Howard University

·         Opportunities to present research to prominent members of professional societies, universities, and governmental agencies

See the Program flyer for additional information.

Application information can be found at