About the UCSP
The UCSP is a 9-week rigorous summer research enrichment program starting in June and ending in July each year. The program is open to students from any accredited university in the United States and is designed specifically for undergraduate students with an interest in clinical/epidemiologic research, with an eventual goal of MD, PhD, or MD-PhD degrees. Preference will be given to non-graduating college students. At this time, we are not accepting graduate or post-baccalaureate students.
The 9-week program includes weekly didactic lectures and statistics workshops as well as a program-long research experience with an expert clinical investigator. Weekly lectures and workshops will provide an introduction to epidemiologic and biostatistical topics, and will be paired with small group discussions or workshops to reinforce content presented in lectures. Additional lectures will encompass topics on practical aspects of clinical research, which includes human subjects and research ethics, writing abstracts and scientific manuscripts, and admissions to graduate programs.
The UCSP is a NIDDK R25 program with a goal to foster strong research interests and durable mentoring relationships for talented undergraduates in human clinical research with a focus on digestive, pancreatic, liver, kidney and diabetes research.
All program students will be paired with an individual mentor to work with directly on a clinical research project. Projects are tailored to each student and clinical investigator to ensure completion by the end of the program. Program commencement includes project presentations to USCP faculty in a focused seminar.
Formal and informal research experiences are supplemented by social events and activities including community service opportunities, attending professional sporting events, and social events coordinated by program leaders and participants. Thus, participants are able to develop strong and lasting relationships with their fellow students, the program directors, and their mentors. The program participants will also receive a competitive stipend for their participation.