Summer Research

Summer Research in Biochemistry at Texas A&M – Apply by Feb. 1st!

Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biochemistry

May 30 – August 2, 2017

The Program: Students can participate in a 10-week summer research program under the direction of the Biochemistry and Biophysics faculty. Topics of research include:

  • structural biology
  • molecular genetics
  • genomics
  • enzymology
  • biophysics

Students will have weekly meetings, which allows them to explore research opportunities, discussing research ethics, and learn effective oral and written presentation skills. Financial support will include a stipend of $5250, in addition to living expenses on campus, and some assistance with travel expenses.

Schedule of Events, Summer 2016

Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, biology, or any life science. Preference will be given to candidates who have finished their third year and already taken organic chemistry and biochemistry courses. However, outstanding students who have completed their second year of college work will also be considered. This program is committed to provide research opportunities for students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.

  • Your application must include:
    • completed application form, including statement of purpose and goals
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • transcript from undergraduate institution

Application deadline is February 1, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns, email Gary Kunkel or Mary Bryk or call our office at 1-800-482-6246.


CLIMB UP for Summer Research at UB- 2017 – Apply by Feb. 1st!

What is CLIMB UP?

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CLIMB UP (Undergraduate Program) for Summer Research gives students an opportunity to conduct research in the biomedical and health sciences and explore graduate career opportunities. At the end of the program, students will present posters and/or oral presentations in a professional symposium.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2017

Program Dates

May 30 – August 5, 2017 (10 weeks)

(Students should arrive in Buffalo on Tuesday May 30th. Program activities begin Wednesday May 31st. The official end date of the program is Friday, August 4th. Students can move out of housing the evening of August 4th or Saturday August 5th.)


The CLIMB-UP Summer Research Program will match you with a participating faculty mentor whose interests are complementary to your own. You will work on your own research project and get hands-on experience during the 10-week program. The summer will culminate with you and your peers presenting your work at the Summer Research Day with students from other UB summer research programs.

Laboratory Skills Training

During the first week in the program, students attend the Introduction to Laboratory Skills course, taught by Dr. David Shubert and Ms. Deborah Timineri, Instructional Support Associate. Students learn essential skills and important laboratory safety protocols to conduct their summer research.


In addition to your faculty mentor, you will receive mentoring and guidance from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and the CLIMB leadership to ensure you have a productive and fulfilling summer. They will work with you on your research project, help you prepare your presentations, and provide insight on careers in science. Being part of CLIMB-UP could be the start of lifelong friendships and mentor relationships.

Stipend and Housing

Funds are available to provide a living stipend (room and board plus incidentals, paid biweekly) for a limited number of students. Housing is provided for students who live outside Buffalo.

Funding is provided by:

*US citizens or permanent residents only; unfortunately we are unable to offer stipends to students who do not fit these criteria.


We know it’s important to take full advantage of the beautiful Buffalo summers. Events include a trip to Niagara Falls, the annual program picnic, a buffalo chicken wing social gathering, and more.

Other Highlights

  • Orientation and Laboratory Safety Training Course
  • Weekly Workshops
  • Visits to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Learning about fellowship/scholarship opportunities
  • Lasting friendships and mentoring relationships

Summer Research Early Identification Program – Apply by Feb. 1st!

Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs.

SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at over 20 research institutions across the country.

“I’m very grateful for my summer research experience. It was a very eye-opening experience in many ways. It put me on the path to graduate school. Companies like Nalco hire PhDs to think about these very interesting, practical, and difficult questions.”

David Castro, PhD
Staff Scientist, Nalco, an Ecolab Company

SR-EIP Participants

  • Spend 8-10 weeks at a Leadership Alliance institution
  • Receive a stipend, and travel and housing expenses from the research institution
  • Work under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor
  • Gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation
  • Make oral or poster presentations at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium
  • Gain access to ongoing resources, mentoring and professional networks to support their chosen career path


Instructions Posted
November 1

Applications Begin
November 1

Application Deadline
February 1

Notifications of Placement
February, March & April

SR-EIP Brochure
Apply to SR-EIP

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