Thursday, February 16, 2017

UVA Summer Diabetes Research Internship

Program Details
The Summer Diabetes Research Program at UVA is a 10-week summer internships for undergraduates with a focus on diabetes research. The program is sponsored by a NIH NIDDK R25 training grant, UVA Department of Surgery, Echols Scholars Program, and Department of Biomedical Engineering. Students will be compensated a $3,000 stipend over the course of the ten-week program.

Objectives and Goals
The objectives of the program are to train the next generation of scientists and engineers to build and sustain an interdisciplinary research pipeline in the field of diabetes research and treatment through participating in challenging diabetes-related projects supervised by research mentors from UVA. It includes seminar-based lectures, individual student-tailored research projects, and clinical immersion. Specific emphasis is given to students from traditionally underrepresented racial, gender, and ethnic groups in the STEM and biomedical research fields.

Types of Research Projects
The research projects that students can be involved in include:
  • islet transplantation
  • islet physiology
  • tissue engineering
  • beta-cell proliferation
  • microfluidic and nanotechnology technology
  • biological imaging
  • microencapsulation
  • and many other topics.
In addition, students can have opportunity to learn biosafety basics, common laboratory skills, animal modeling, biostatistics, career development, literature review, patient-based clinical observation, and others.

How to Apply
The application package includes:
  • application form
  • essay (<600 words)
  • two letters of recommendation
Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Notification of application decision will be sent sometime in late March. The program will begin in late May and wrap up in early August.

Interested applicants can access the Internship application and essay prompt by logging into your Handshake account and searching job posting #635148 ("Diabetes Research Summer Internship Program, Dr. Yong Wang, UVA, Director of Translational Research at Dept. of Surgery and Transplant"). All application documents should be submitted to Dr. Yong Wang, MD at Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or greencard holder due to NIH-sponsored funding.