Objectives and Goals
The objectives of the program are to train the next generation of scientists and engineers to build an interdisciplinary research pipeline in the field of diabetes research and treatment through participating in challenging diabetes- related projects supervised by research mentors from UVA. It includes seminar- based lectures, individual student-tailored research projects, and clinical immersion. Specific emphasis is given to students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields.
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Types of Research Projects
The research projects that students can be involved in include islet transplantation, islet physiology, tissue engineering, beta- cell proliferation, microfluidic and nanotechnology technology, biological imaging, microencapsulation, and many other topics. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn biosafety basics, common laboratory skills, animal modeling, biostatistics, career development, literature review, patient-based clinical observation, and others.
Participant Selection and Eligibility
Participants must be at least eighteen years old and U.S. citizen/permanent resident. Participants cannot receive funding from other sources and must have health insurance during the internship.
Ideal applicants for the summer training program will have:
- A strong background and interest in biological, bioengineering, and clinical research
- Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better
- Strong interest in pursuing either graduate or professional study in the field of diabetes research and treatment
In addition, applications are strongly encouraged from:
- Members of racial, ethnic or gender groups underrepresented in STEM and biomedical research (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, and female)
- Families meeting criteria for disadvantaged (economic or educational) status
- Students receiving accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In partnership with ESP, BME, and other supporting programs recruiting, serving, and promoting underrepresented minorities (URM), the program information (program brochures and flyers) will be posted campus-wide and emailed to potential undergraduates via the webmail system in early November. Additionally, efforts will be made to disseminate the program information through well-established student recruitment and research events such as the Echols Scholars Program Orientation Week, Echols Scholars Program Research Symposium, UVA Student Research Forum, and Research Days of College of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and UVA.
How to Apply
The application package includes an essay, two letters of recommendation, as well as transcripts. Applications are due on February 28th. Notification of application decision should be sometime in March. The program itself will start in late May and will wrap up in late July or early August.
Contact: Dr. Yong Wang, MD