You will be assigned to a coordinating center (CC)
Students are assigned to a CC after they are accepted into the program, and are not allowed to choose which CC they are assigned. The CC serves as the STEP-UP student’s primary contact for any administrative or programmatic needs during the summer research experience. The CC will provide direct oversight for all student activities. Once assigned to a CC, students will be asked to provide proof of health insurance and their government issued photo ID.
You will work with your assigned CC to select your research location and mentor Students DO NOT have to conduct their research at a coordinating center. Instead, students can work with their CC to identify and secure a research institution and research mentor closer to their home. Research can be conducted at colleges or universities, hospitals, departments of public health, private research institutions, and so on. We highly recommend that students conduct research at institutions within commuting distances of their homes, because housing or funds to be housed elsewhere is not provided by STEP-UP. Undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research at an institution not in proximity to their home must make their own housing and transportation arrangements.
You will complete the required trainings and begin summer research
What is the required training? Is it online or in person?
The start dates for both the high school and undergraduate program are flexible and must be negotiated with your coordinating center and research mentor; however, undergraduate students must begin the program no later than 6/16/2014. All students are expected to have a minimum of eight weeks of research experience during their STEP-UP experience. Please be aware that your assigned research may not necessarily match your research interests; however, we will do our best to match you with a great research experience. If there is a research mentor and/or institution that you are interested in, we strongly recommend that you speak with staff at your assigned CC as soon as you receive notification of acceptance. We encourage, but do not require, that students pursue research within the NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; or kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. Staff at CCs will attempt to match students with research mentors within NIDDK core mission areas before matching students with research mentors outside of the NIDDK core mission areas.
You will attend the annual summer research symposium
Students are required to attend the annual research symposium to present their research project. The symposium will be held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD (August 9-13, 2015 for high school students and August 2-6, 2015 for Undergraduate students). Transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided. Students will be required to attend all of the activities of the symposium, which includes a variety of career development workshops, and deliver both poster and oral presentations of their summer research projects.