Cancer Research, Education and Training Experience (CREATE) program
The CREATE program is an integrated summer experience for talented, motivated undergraduate students interested in a cancer research career. Trainees will conduct independent cancer biology research under the mentorship of a CREATE program faculty mentor and engage in a weekly research seminar with other CREATE students. The research experience will be coupled with a Cancer Education Workshop that will provide an overview of cancer biology and development of key professional development skills.
Heart, Lung, & Blood program (Not Offered Summer 2018)
Neuroscience of Neurological Disorders and Drug Addiction program
The Neuroscience Program features a full ten weeks of research experience in one of the many neuroscience laboratories at the University of Minnesota. For the summer program, there are two topics to choose from: neurodegenerative disorders and drug addiction. Although it helps to have taken some chemistry and biology coursework, our students traditionally come from a variety of backgrounds. We provide a brief classroom “Introduction to Neuroscience” to ensure all our students have a useful level of background knowledge to supplement the laboratory experience they enjoy. In addition, there are Neuroscience seminars and presentations to supplement the students’ research experiences. The Neuroscience Program is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Neural Systems Engineering program
The Neural Systems Engineering (NSE) program is funded by the National Science Foundation to support 8 undergraduates. Research projects relate to advancing engineering approaches to study and interact with the central and peripheral nervous systems, including topics in experimental studies using cutting-edge recording and stimulation techniques, computational modeling, and neurotechnology device fabrication.
If you are interested in pursuing a combined MD/PhD degree and you meet the requirements below, you should select PreMSTP as one of your options on the application. Those accepted will spend 10 weeks in the lab of a physician-scientist, have the opportunity to shadow their lab mentor or another physician-scientist in clinical activities, and have regular interactions with current MSTP students. Competitive applicants for the Pre-MSTP program will have: 1) completed their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of entrance into the pre-MSTP; 2) a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5; and 3) a letter of recommendation from a research mentor that speaks to your qualifications for the MD/PhD career track. Learn more about the potential 2018 mentors and their research, here are last years mentors.
Innovative Hands-on Undergraduate Entrepreneurs in Urban Agriculture (CoHort) program
The CoHort program is funded by USDA-National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is a summer program in urban agriculture for talented, motivated undergraduate students interested in research and start-up business entrepreneurship. Trainees will be active participants in plant production research in a mentor program, providing the opportunity to engage with successful novel urban agriculture based businesses.
PharmacoNeuroImmunology (PNI) program
The Summer Research Program in PharmacoNeuroImmunology is a NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) funded interdisciplinary training program at the University of Minnesota. The PNI Program is composed of an intensive laboratory-based research experience that entails close interaction with and mentorship by a training program faculty member that focuses on drug abuse research. This training in intended to prepare the students for what is needed and expected to succeed in graduate school, to increase their interest in biomedical research, and to introduce them to research - techniques, methodologies and career options.
Training Research Educators in Minnesota (TREM) program
Training Research Educators in Minnesota (TREM) program is an NIH funded Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA). TREM trains the next generation of faculty through a balanced 3-year postdoctoral training program in both research and teaching. Teacher training is conducted in local community colleges with a historic background of serving underrepresented communities. Each year six underrepresented minority students are competitively chosen from the community colleges to take part in LSSURP, conducting research under the mentorship of the postdoctoral scholars and TREM research mentors.
Neuroimaging in Cognitive Neuroscience (Pending funding for Summer 2018)
Brain imaging is one of the most important tools for understanding the workings of the human mind. Students in this 10-week NSF-funded program will be taught the fundamentals of neuroimaging methods in an initial “boot camp”, focusing on a hands-on introduction to functional MRI and electroencephalography (EEG). They will then join top Cognitive Neuroscience labs at UMN to help conduct neuroimaging research on topics that range from basic sensory and motor processes, to addiction research, to problem solving and decision making.
This program has not received official confirmation of funding. Consequently, it does not appear on the LSSURP online application as a program you want to be considered for. We are optimistic that this program will be funded. If you are interested in being considered please indicate that your top choice program is Neuroscience. Then also indicate that Imaging is your area of research interest.
LSSURP Compensation Package
Stipend $4000, Housing (room and meal plan in on-campus residence hall for most participants), Travel (round trip airfare only) included in compensation package for a total compensation package of $8,600.