UAMS Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Diversity in Research

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offer a NIH/NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) funded program entitled the UAMS Summer Undergraduate Research Program to Increase Diversity in Research. This 9-week summer program is designed to provide students with experiences in cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic research.

To increase interest in research careers, students will be provided with:

  1. research, mentoring and networking experiences;
  2. real-life surgical observations;
  3. leadership skills;
  4. lecture series on various research topics; and
  5. responsible conduct of research training. 

Program Details
SURP student participants will conduct a research project with a UAMS faculty mentor (list of available faculty below). Students accepted into the program will be given the opportunity to select three faculty that they would like to work with during the summer. All efforts will be made to match students with faculty mentors that they choose. However, if those faculty are not available, the Program Directors will identify another faculty mentor. At the end of the summer, students will present their summer research and submit a 2-page paper summarizing their research project and results. SURP participants are also required to attend weekly lectures throughout the summer. Approximately 3-5 hours of lectures will be held each week (usually mornings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).

Important Dates

Applications are now open! – Due February 1, 2022

Students will be notified of acceptance on or before April 1.

Program Dates: June 6 – August 5, 2022 (tentative)
Participants must attend the entire 9-week summer session. Program dates are tentative and may change.

COVID-19 Protocol
To ensure the safety of all program participants, COVID-19 vaccination is highly recommended.

Application Procedures
Students will be provided a salary of $4,320* for the 9-week period. Students who live outside of Little Rock and surrounding cities may be eligible for a per diem of $2,400 for housing and travel reimbursements. In some instances, there may also be funds available to attend scientific meetings. To qualify for the program, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicants who are a member of an underrepresented group (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native, or native of the U.S. Pacific Islands), disabled, or from a disadvantaged background are encouraged to apply. Students with a background in biology or chemistry are preferred. Applicants must have completed at least one year of undergraduate education to be eligible. In addition, students who will complete their degree prior to the start of the program are not eligible.

*Please note that the $4,320 stipend is considered a taxable wage and will be paid bi-weekly. All bi-weekly payments are subject to income tax withholdings.

Application Requirements
1. SURP Application Form 
Please note that program dates are tentative. Accepted students must be able to attend the entire 9-week program.

2. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts
These can be uploaded with the Application Form or emailed to

3. Two Letters of Recommendation from Faculty (Please ask your recommender to complete this form and upload the letter.)

4. Student Information Form
Complete the additional student information form and choose three mentors.

Please submit supporting application materials to Dr. Prince at the address below.

Latrina Prince, Ed.D.
UAMS Graduate School
4301 W. Markham St., Slot 601
Little Rock, AR 72205

ALL application materials must be received by February 1, 2022. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Prince at or 501-526-7396.

Participating Faculty

Name Rank Department Research Interest
Giulia Baldini, M.D., Ph.D. Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research in obesity and diabetes with focus on studying a biochemical pathway in the brain hypothalamus that regulates food intake
Alexei Basnakian, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor Pharmacology and Toxicology LDL isoforms  in kidney-related artherosclerosis
Jon Blevins, Ph.D. Associate Professor Microbiology and Immunology Lyme disease
Karl Boehme, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Microbiology and Immunology Molecular pathogenesis of mammalian reovirus
Marjan Boerman, Ph.D. Associate Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences Cardiac radiation biology
Paul Gottschall, Ph.D. Professor Pharmacology and Toxicology Cerebral amyloid angiopathyCNS pathology of neonatal hyposia-ischemia
Howard Hendrickson, Ph.D. Associate Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences Metabolic and cardiovascular effects of herbal supplements.  
Fusun Kilic, Ph.D. Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Blood serotonin role in hypertension-associated thrombosis
Julia Liu, M.D., M.Sc.  Associate Professor Gastroenterology and Hepatology Understanding the role of innate immune mediated cell death and barrier dysfunction in the pathogenesis of  inflammatroy bowel disease
Paul Miller, Ph.D. Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Improved coagulant therapy and structure, function and evolution of cytochrome P450s
Shengyu Mu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Pharmacology and Toxicology Pathogenesis of salt-sensitive hypertension
Steven Post, Ph.D. Professor Pathology Molecular and physiological basis of cardiovascular disease
Sung Rhee, Ph.D. Associate Professor Pharmacology and Toxicology Alteration of potassium channels in cardiovascular diseases
Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor Neurosurgery Glioblastoma, the most common adult malignant brain tumor
Nancy Rusch, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Pharmacology and Toxicology Vascular calcium channel expression and treatment of hypertension
Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D. Professor Microbiology and Immunology Molecular pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus infections
Brian Storrie, Ph.D. Professor Physiology and Biophysics Golgi assembly and platelet granules
Daniel Voth, Ph.D. Associate Professor Microbiology and Immunology Coxiella burnetii a bacterial pathogen that can cause endocarditis
Jerry Ware, Ph.D. Professor Physiology and Biophysics Circulating blood platelets and their role at the interface of thrombosis, inflammation, and cancer

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