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High School Program

The High School STEP-UP provides hands-on summer research experience for high school students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Program Highlights

Coordinating Institutions

Each coordinating center is responsible for recruiting a particular target audience and provides a tailored summer program for students. The High School coordinating institutions are as follows:

Eligibility Requirements

Please read eligibility requirements carefully, as they may differ from the Undergraduate STEP-UP and other NIH funded programs. For additional questions regarding the eligibility requirements, please visit the FAQ section on the website or contact the STEP-UP Director.

Applicants must:

Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

Application Process

Please read the STEP-UP Application Instructions before starting the application. Applications will be accepted online beginning 11/15/2013. All online applications and supporting materials must be submitted by 2/24/2014.

Students applying to the High School STEP-UP must:

Application Materials

Only application materials submitted online (application, personal statements and letters of recommendation) using the STEP-UP Online Web Portal will be reviewed. Hard (paper) copies will not be accepted (with the exception of official transcripts).

Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted or considered.

Application Deadline

Applications and supporting documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on 2/24/2014. Transcripts must be postmarked by this date.

Applicants will not be able to submit an application after 11:59 p.m. EST on 2/24/2014.

NIDDK will begin notifying applicants of acceptance into STEP-UP by email on March 9, 2013, this will continue until all available spots are filled. Accepted applicants will be required to confirm their participation within one week of notification.

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