UAB Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE)











UAB Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE)

KURE is an 8-week, paid summer program that offers exciting hands-on research experience for students with a desire to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. This partnership between UC Merced and University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to be instructed in the techniques of biology, while becoming integrated members of a vibrant clinical and scientific community.


Students from campuses located all over the nation who have finished at least their sophomore or junior year of college will be accepted to the 8-week paid summer program to work with UAB faculty members on independent research projects. On-campus room and board will be provided to students. Students will receive a stipend of $2,500 for their participation in the program. 











The basic recruitment process will include applications and interviews at UC Merced. Students apply through the UROC website including their unofficial transcript with current grade point average, personal statement of career goals and interest in the program, as well as an interview with 2 faculty members. We require GPA > 3.0 at the time of acceptance and an understanding of the commitment to research. 












The Curriculum

Each student will work on independent research projects under the supervision of the senior scientist or a senior member of that research group. A policy statement of the expectations will be provided to both mentors and students prior to the beginning of the rotation. The KURE scholars will participate in a unique journal club series designed to give insight into both the basic science and the clinical science aspects of common diseases. At the completion of the 8-week program, students will complete an evaluation of the Program and their individual research experiences as well as participate in a symposium to present their research. 

Basic and Clinical Research

The career possibilities in both basic and clinical science will be further explored by students being given the option to shadow a clinician for a day, to give them a realistic concept of careers at an academic medical center.

Types of Research

The focus of most research projects will be on understanding the physiology as well as pathophysiology of the renal and cardiovascular systems. Students will be involved in research projects ranging from studying the role of endothelin-1 and nitric oxide synthase in renal physiology to investigating how childhood adversity promotes vascular and renal damage. 











Application period for Summer 2018 is September 15 through October 30. UROC will coordinate selection of scholars with KURE faculty.


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Contact Information:

Jorge Arroyo
Interim Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center
University of California, Merced

Professor Rudy Ortiz
School of Natural Sciences
Program Director, KURE
University of California, Merced