UAB Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE)
The KURE program incorporates focused training of undergraduate students to foster the development of critical thinking, communication, and hands-on basic and translational kidney research skills. This 8-week program hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will also expose scholars to the rigor and depth of scientific thinking and communication skills that will prepare them to contribute to medical advances throughout their careers.
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.
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.
The following materials are needed to complete the KURE application:
Minimum GPA of 3.2
At least 60 credit hours completed by the end of the spring semester
Preference given to students who have completed advanced biology courses with direct biomedical focus
Interest in nephrology-related biomedical research or medical practice preferred
Statement of academic interest and career goals. If applicable, be sure to highlight information pertaining to cardiovascular and renal research.
Current resume in PDF format
Contact information for two faculty writing letters of recommendation
Academic transcript including your fall 2018 grades. This can be sent in separately any time prior to the February 15th deadline.
Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Visit the UAB website for more information.
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center
University of California, Merced
Professor Rudy Ortiz
School of Natural Sciences
Program Director, KURE
University of California, Merced