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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Application deadline: Monday, January 21, 2019
Notification: Early February
Internship: May 20-August 2, 2019
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, literature review and participate in career development and patient-based clinical observation.
- Kenneth L. Brayman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Surgery, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering, Director of Kidney, Pancreas, and Islet Transplant Programs
- Sue Brown, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Mete Civelek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
- Frederick Epstein, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering
- Leon Farhi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Heather Ferris, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Song Hu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
- Boris Kovatchev, Ph.D., Professor, Director of the Center for Diabetes Technology
- Zhenqi Liu, M.D., Professor, Division Chief of Endocrinology & Metabolism
- Jose Oberholzer, M.D., MHCM, Professor of Surgery, Division Chief of Transplantation
- Stephen Rich, Ph.D., Professor, Director of the Center for Public Health Genomes
- Yong Wang, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery
Participant Selection and Eligibility
Participants must be at least eighteen years old and a U.S. citizen/permanent resident. Each participant will receive a $3,000 stipend. 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 low socioeconomic status
- 1st through 3rd year University of Virginia students
In partnership with other UVA departments, programs, and student groups, the program information will be disseminated throughout the University. Recruitment and publicity will begin in September.