Additional Opportunities

Research Opportunity: GURU Program for Students with Disabilities

The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) is seeking applicants for the GURU Program, an NIH-funded, one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. We support students and faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Law, Humanities, Science, Education, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Engineering, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. 
A flyer with program and application information for the 2021-2022 academic year is attached below, along with image text.  
For any questions, please contact Jim Tabery,, 801-581-8362.

Flyer text:
Interested in gaining research experience?
Research experience is a fantastic opportunity—a unique part of the college experience.
Research experience makes you a more competitive applicant for graduate school.
Research experience gives you the chance to be part of a research team.
Are you an undergraduate student who identifies as having a disability?
The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) runs the GURU Program, a one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. We have supported students and faculty from the Colleges of Humanities, Law, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Education, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Science, and Medicine. Students from other disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Join GURU!
As part of the GURU Program, you could do things like study how parents who learn they will have a child with Down syndrome convey that news to family and friends, help develop a comic book to enhance literacy about genetic testing, apply techniques from theater to assist doctors with communicating difficult news. For additional information about the GURU Program and affiliated projects, see:
2 undergraduate students will be selected each year. The students will be:
• Paired with a faculty researcher and paid $10/hour (for up to 150 hours/semester).
• Provided $1220/year to support travel to an academic conference.
• Placed in a mentorship network with multiple mentors, at least one of whom will be a faculty member who identifies as having a disability.
• Offered the opportunity to take courses focusing on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic research and medicine, and provided resources to take a GRE test-prep course.
Apply Here:
Deadline for application: January 22, 2021
Application includes: CV, personal statement, transcript, 2 letters of recommendation. If you require accommodations to complete the application, please contact the Center for Disability & Access at 801.581.5020, Student Union Room 162
Questions? Contact: Professor Jim Tabery, 801.581.8362,

Research Opportunity: Summer Internship with California Academy of Sciences

Since 1995, the California Academy of Sciences’ Summer Systematics Institute (SSI), with support from NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and the Academy’s Robert T. Wallace endowment, has addressed critical topics including; worldwide threats to biodiversity, the origins and diversification of life, phylogenetic systematics, and evolutionary biology.
SSI is a nine-week paid research internship at our state-of-the-art research facility and museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This world-renowned venue offers undergraduates important insights into the contributions that museum-based research can make to issues facing society today by providing them the opportunity to do museum-based research for the summer. The program accommodates up to 10 undergraduate students. This internship is made possible by the National Science Foundation and the Robert T. Wallace Endowment for undergraduate education. 
Deadline: February 1, 2021. Applications received after midnight on February 1, 2021, will not be reviewed.

Duration & Location

The Summer Systematics Institute is a full-time program (40 hours/week) for nine weeks, from June 1 through July 30, 2021. The first week of the program will be spent at Pepperwood Preserve and the Bodega Marine Lab, with the remainder of the time spent in San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences.


Any U.S. citizen or resident alien (green card) who is an undergraduate student, and who will not have graduated before fall of 2021, is welcome to apply. That is, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the internship. 

Housing & Stipend

A $5,400 ($600/week) stipend will be awarded to each intern. Travel to and from San Francisco will be provided. Housing will be provided in dormitories in San Francisco (within walking distance and easy public transportation to the Academy), with details to be provided upon the selection of interns. Personal stipends may be subject to federal and/or state income taxes.

For more information and to access the application, please visit this Cal Academy’s webpage.


Research Opportunity: Society for Developmental Biology Summer Program

Choose Development! is an undergraduate summer research program for students from underrepresented minority (URM) groups or those with disabilities interested in pursuing research careers in developmental biology and related areas. The program was initially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF-IOS 1239422, 2013-2017) and is currently funded by the SDB at a lower level (2017-present).
The program provides a research-intensive undergraduate training experience in a lab of an established developmental biologist, a multi-level mentoring plan for each student, SDB-wide recognition and enculturation activities at national scientific conferences, and continued mentoring after the completion of the fellowship.
Undergraduates will be selected from a national applicant pool and matched to research laboratories with trained faculty mentors (SDB members) committed to enhancing their preparation to enter graduate programs. Students will be recognized as an elite group of SDB Choose Development! Fellows who will spend two summers carrying out independent research in the mentor’s laboratory. The Society will ensure dissemination of their research accomplishments through the students’ participation in SDB regional and/or national meetings, complemented by strong support and encouragement from members of this scientific community. It is expected that most, if not all of these SDB Choose Development! Fellows will choose and be accepted into graduate programs in developmental biology or related areas.
SDB Choose Development! Fellows Eligibility
Undergraduate students belonging to URM groups (Black/African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Aboriginals, Native Hawaiians and US Pacific Islanders), first generation college students, and those with disabilities who are United States or Canadian nationals (US/Canadian citizens and those born in lands under US/Canadian jurisdiction) or permanent residents residing within the United States or Canada and its territories may apply.
Considering the 2-year duration of training, preference will be given to sophomores or students in their second year of undergraduate programs at the time of application.
Applicants must be willing to travel to a different city for summer research in case no appropriate mentor is available in the vicinity.
A stipend of $5000 and some travel/living assistance will be provided.
Application deadline: February 15, 2021
For more information and to access the application forms, visit this SDB webpage. Questions may be directed to with subject title ‘Choose Development!’

Research Opportunity: Funded Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (PHCEU) offers four funded summer research internships for undergraduate students at US institutions majoring in science and engineering. This program provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in scientific research under the mentorship of world-class scientists. Participation in this program will help students gain experience in pharmaceutics and drug delivery research and prepare for pursuing graduate studies. Research areas in the department include drug delivery, gene therapy, cell-based delivery, immunotherapeutics and vaccines, precision medicine, and theranostics.
The Department’s Undergraduate Summer Research Internship is a ten-week program during which time students conduct independent research under the supervision of faculty members applying chemical, biological and mathematical principles to contemporary problems involving drugs and related molecules. Participants receive basic instruction in laboratory and research techniques, learn first-hand the use of specialized laboratory instrumentation, and learn how to effectively search and study the scientific literature. The program is designed to provide maximum independence but sufficient guidance to ensure that students will obtain a complete research experience. The research labs at PHCEU have close interaction and multiple collaborations with other units at The University of Utah including the Colleges of Science and Engineering, the School of Medicine as well as The Huntsman Cancer Institute. This provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to experience a multidisciplinary and translational research environment. In addition to the laboratory projects, the program director will organize weekly journal clubs for students and is available to provide scientific and social support during their stay.
Admitted students will receive a stipend of $6,000 (less applicable taxes) over the course of the program (40 hours per week for 10 weeks) to cover living expenses. The program runs over 10 weeks from June 2021 to August 2021. All application documents should be received no later than March 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified for final decision by April 15, 2021.  Please contact the program director, Dr. Paris Jafari (, for questions regarding the application process. 
For more information, including program requirements, eligibility, and application and selection process, visit the program’s website.

Research Opportunity: SOM Research Match for Underrepresented Students

University of Utah School of Medicine helps students from underserved or underrepresented backgrounds (see definition below) find a research opportunity. If you fit the definition and are interested in gaining a research experience, please take the survey here. Once they gather enough data, they will begin matching students up with different labs. You will likely hear back from them by January 2021 at the earliest (but could be later). 
If, for some reason, students are unsure if they fit the criteria that are listed below, please email Benjamin Tasevac at  Please DO NOT contact him for any other questions.
According to the AAMC, “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” The OHEDI’s takes this definition and tries to make it as broad and inclusive as possible. Thus, any student that self identifies as underserved or underrepresented based on race, religion, sexual orientation or is female, a member of a minority group or identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, a person of color, is an immigrant, a refugee, first in the family to go to college, and of low socioeconomic status qualifies for our services.
Survey link here as well: Student Research Opportunity Survey 

Research Opportunity: Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The 2021 Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) provides interns with a summer of intensive research in an NHLBI laboratory on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, MD. Interns receive a competitive stipend based on their education level. Students will attend monthly summer lectures and career development events including Summer Poster Day and the Graduate School Fair. The SIP is open to current college, graduate, or medical school students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selections are made on a rolling basis therefore early submission is highly recommended.
Eligibility: The 2021 Summer Internship Program is for students who

are 17 years of age or older on June 15, 2021,
are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, AND
are enrolled at least half-time in and accredited college (including community college) or university as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at the time of application*, OR
 have been accepted into accredited college or university program for the fall semester.

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2021
For more information and to apply, visit this NHLBI webpage. Any questions can be directed to the NHLBI DIR Office of Education: ( ).


Research Opportunity: Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists

The RADM Helena O. Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists was established by Dr. Helena Mishoe to offer opportunities for postbac fellows of underrepresented groups in biomedical science to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. This fellowship aims to enhance career development for postbacs planning to apply to graduate and/or medical school with the long-term career goal of becoming a trained scientist or physician/scientist.
Applicants should meet the following criteria:

Have recently completed or will complete a bachelor’s degree by the summer of selection;
Must have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research;
Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale;
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Application Deadline: December 31st, 2020
For more information and to apply, visit this NHLBI webpage. Any questions can be directed to the NHLBI DIR Office of Education: ( ).


Publication Opportunity: Gender & Sex Differences in Health

Interested in submitting an article to be featured in The Utah Women’s Health Review? Check out this opportunity below for more information!
The University of Utah Center Of Excellence in Women’s Health, in partnership with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Utah Women’s Health Review (UWHR). UWHR is a peer-reviewed journal focused on sex and gender differences that affect the 7 Domains of Health: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual. The journal is an ideal place for your students, residents, fellows, and faculty to publish their research. While the journal showcases the work of local researchers and clinicians on the health of the Utah population, we accept submissions from across our state on populations beyond Utah, as long as they focus on women’s health or sex and gender differences that affect the 7 Domains of Health.
The UWHR has been an ongoing project involving all University of Utah Colleges and Schools. The Editorial Board reflects our 1U4U approach to sex and gender health. By creating and hosting this journal here within our own Eccles Digital Publishing, UWHR is able to facilitate publication opportunities to established sex and gender health researchers as well as graduate students, residents, and up-and-coming professionals all over Utah. UWHR’s rolling submissions and publication dates allow for a fast turn-around time as well as a satisfying experience for submitting authors. The site houses the earlier 2007 and 2019 issues. Using the WordPress platform, we invite ongoing submissions for 2020 and beyond.

Summer Research Program – U-M CVC SURF Application Open!

The University of Michigan Samuel & Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to announce our 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is now accepting applications!  The SURF program provides full-time research opportunities at the University of Michigan for 30 talented undergraduate students interested in cardiovascular research and medicine. The program starts Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and ends the first week of August. 
Program intended for excellent undergraduate students interested in research, especially those that might be interested in pursuing biomedical research as a part of their long-term career plans.  To access the application, click here, or visit our website at
The application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020.
For questions, please visit or email

2020 SURF Program – Dept. of Pharmacology at UC San Diego

The Pharmacology Department at the UCSD School of Medicine offers a research-training program to undergraduates after their sophomore and junior years. This program is specifically for students who are interested in a career in basic research and who are seriously considering Ph.D. training in the basic biomedical sciences.
Application Deadline:
February 10, 2020
Program Dates
June 21- August 14, 2020
*Applicants Notified in Late March
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ASUU 2019-2020 Student Travel (& Funding) Guidelines

New ASUU Travel Guidelines

The ASUU Travel Committee is proud to announce the 2019-2020 Travel Guidelines. These guidelines can currently be found both on the ASUU OrgSync page and the ASUU website. In addition to Redbook and the University Policy, these guidelines provide guidance and support to students and Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) seeking supplemental travel funding from the ASUU student activity fee.
Applications open August 1, 2019.
Some important changes from previous years include changes to the funding caps for student organization classifications, a required finance training, a waiting period for newly-recognized student organizations, and deadlines for specific windows of dates of travel. Full details and restrictions can be found on the 2019-2020 Travel Guidelines.
ASUU travel funding for students must meet one of the following three criteria:

An event that is at least a 100-mile radius away from the University of Utah.
An event that involves an overnight stay.
An event that involves airfare.

The deadlines for the travel application encompass specific windows of time for the travel. If you or your RSO is considering going on to a conference, competition, workshop, etc, then you must apply ahead of time—even if you are not confirmed to go or accepted to a conference yet. Late applications will not be accepted. Example: if your student organization wishes to attend their annual leadership conference in November of 2019, then the organization must submit their application no later than October 1.
Travel Dates & Deadlines

Travel for July 1- August 31st

Application Due: September 1st

Travel for September 1st- November 30th

Application Due: October 1st

Travel for December 1st- January 30th 

Application Due: November 1st

Travel for February 1- February 29th

Application Due: January 1st

Travel for March 1st- March 31st:

Application Due: February 1st

Travel for April 1st-April 30th

Application Due: March 1st

Travel for May 1st- June 30th

Application Due: April 1st

If you have any additional questions, please email ASUU at

Sophomore Rise Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Experience – FUNDING

Sophomore Rise Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Experience
Available to all current sophomores, second-year students, non-continuous and/or returning sophomore students, or transfer students entering their sophomore year.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. 
Put your ideas into action with a Deeply Engaged Learning award! Learn by solving problems, collaborating with peers, and studying with professors and advisers who are passionate about the issues you care about. Apply for an Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Learning award to maximize your education today.
Students who apply will be eligible to receive a one $1,000 Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Learning award, to be used specifically for your chosen project, activity or internship. Students are limited to one award. Projects should be completed in 2 consecutive semesters. Applicants must be a current sophomore, second-year student, non-continuous and/or returning sophomore student, or transfer student entering their sophomore year.
Proposals could include:

Learning Abroad Opportunity
Alternative Fall/Spring Break
Attending a Conference
Academic Project



Supplemental Questions

Project Description (minimum 500 to maximum 700 words. PDF file only)
Please submit a description of your experience, project or activity.
Reflection Paper (minimum 500 to maximum 700 words. PDF file only)
Please submit a one-page reflection on how this project, experience, or activity is related to your undergraduate goals.
Semester(s) for which you are requesting support (limit: 2 semesters):
Please submit the name and email address of a University of Utah faculty reference that can speak to how your proposal relates to and supports your academic work. Your reference will be emailed and asked to type a letter of support on your behalf when you provide their name and email in the space provided.
If selected as a recipient of the Ivory Homes Deeply Engaged Learning Experience Award, your funds will be administered through the University of Utah Financial Aid & Scholarship office. Processing through the Financial Aid & Scholarship office will ensure the prompt and automatic transfer of funds directly to your student account. Please note: if you have an unpaid tuition balance, this award will be applied to your tuition, fees, and other outstanding educational expenses. In the event that all your tuition costs have been paid, Income Accounting will refund the amount of this award to the payee on your account. It is the recipient’s responsibility to make any necessary arrangements to ensure the awarded funds are applied to the project. Future funds may be jeopardized if the recipient does not adhere to this responsibility.

Please see: to submit an application.

NIH-funded GURU program launches at the U!

The Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) is launching GURU, an NIH-funded, one-of-a-kind program designed to give U students who identify as having a disability (visible or invisible) the opportunity to join a research team that investigates the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and genomic medicine. We support students and faculty from the Colleges of Medicine, Law, Humanities, Education, Nursing, Fine Arts, Health, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and many others.
Flyers with program and application information are below and attached.
For any questions, please contact Jim Tabery,, 801-581-8362.

Funding Opportunity for Students – McMurrin Professorship

Student groups associated with academic programs are invited to submit nominations for the McMurrin Distinguished Visiting Professorship for the 2018-19 academic year.
The Undergraduate Council invites groups of students to submit a proposal to host the 2018-19 McMurrin Professorship. The McMurrin Professorship, named after the late Sterling M. McMurrin, Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Graduate School is designed to support an event that provides an academic focus on an area or question that is of paramount concern to undergraduate students. Interdisciplinary applications as well as those more centered in an individual discipline are welcomed. The funds ($7,500) can be used to support a variety of types of events that would bring academic attention to a topic of broad interest to students. They might be used to bring a teacher/scholar/ artist to campus for a period of two or three days, to fund a set of panel discussions, or a combination of panel discussions, presentations, or film screenings or creative performances. While the focus of the event should be a topic of interest to undergraduate students, we hope it will be of interest to the broader University community as well. A variety of formats is possible, but the primary audience for the McMurrin Professorship must be undergraduates. 
To be eligible to receive these funds, the student group must identify a faculty advisor who will be working with them throughout the duration of the Professorship.
To apply for the McMurrin Professorship please submit a 3-5 page proposal in which you present the area or question that will be the focus of the Professorship and provide evidence for its academic relevance to undergraduate students. Describe the types of activities that would be designed or speaker(s) that would be invited, and who (i.e, student names and contact information) would be involved in executing the event(s), including each student’s specific role(s). Finally, provide a preliminary budget for how the funds ($7,500) would be used and the plan to market the event broadly to undergraduate students. If the student group selected has a University account, the funds will be transferred to that account; if not, they will be transferred to an account under the faculty advisor’s control. Include a letter of commitment from the faculty advisor indicating their intention to be involved with the project for the duration of the Professorship.
Criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals include the following:

Evidence that the topic/focus is of broad interest to undergraduate students.
Evidence that the Professorship will have an impact beyond the parameters of the event(s).
Evidence that the activities of the Professorship are unique and not duplicative of other planned events on campus that focus on undergraduate education.
Discussion of how the Professorship fits within the four big goals of the University (

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact or 801-581-3412.
Please send your proposals to Ann Blanchard ( at Undergraduate Studies, 132 Sill Center by Friday, April 6, 2018.   

Fulbright Scholarship Information Sessions

Fulbright: Research, Study and Teaching Grants for U.S. Students
Fulbright provides grants for U.S. students wishing to perform research, teach English, or study in a foreign country – please join us to learn more about this prestigious opportunity. Open to graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines. For more information click the flier below.