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

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

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

Program Dates: May 22 – July 21, 2023 (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 or exemption (medical or religious) is required. Proof of vaccination or exemption requests must be submitted upon acceptance.

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 gradschool@uams.edu.

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

4. Student Information Form
Complete the additional student information form and choose three mentors (see list below).

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, 2023. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Prince at princelatrina@uams.edu or 501-526-7396.

Faculty Mentors (click on link to see profile)
Name/Degree(s), Rank, Department

Nukhet Aykin-Burns, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Giulia Baldini, MD, PhD
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Alexei Basnakian, MD, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Jon Blevins, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Karl Boehme, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Marjan Boerma, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jia Liu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Jawahar L. Mehta, MD, PhD
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Grover Paul Miller, PhD
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Shengyu Mu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Rupak Pathak, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Steven Post, PhD
Professor, Pathology

Sung Rhee, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Analiz Rodriquez, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery

Frank Simmen, PhD
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Mark Smeltzer, PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Amanda Stolarz, PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Brian Storrie, PhD
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

Daniel Voth, PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Jerry Ware, PhD
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics

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