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STEP-UP Description

The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. The overall goal of NIDDK's Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. STEP-UP is particularly interested in increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

To accomplish this goal, the STEP-UP provides research education grants to seven institutions to coordinate three High School STEP-UPs and four Undergraduate STEP-UPs that provides eligible students with ten to twelve weeks of summer research experience and training opportunities. The program culminates with an all expense paid trip to the Annual STEP-UP Scientific Research Symposium in August.

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How Do I Apply?

Applications for admission will be accepted through our Online Application System.
Visit the High School STEP-UP or the Undergraduate STEP-UP for additional information and specific eligibility criteria.

Key Dates for 2014 STEP-UP

11/15/2013 Online Application Opens

2/24/2014 Application Deadline / Application Closes

Mid-March, 2014 Award Notifications

Program Contact

Delia L. Houseal, PhD, MPH
II Democracy Plaza, Room 904, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-443-8415

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