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STEP-UP Program

SHORT-TERM RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED PERSONS (STEP-UP)

Deadlines

  • October 15, 2018                                     Online Application Portal Opens
  • February 15, 2019                                   Application Deadline
  • March 15, 2019                                         Notification of Acceptance
  • Early June                                                  Academic School Year Ends
  • Mid June                                                     Start of Internship
  • Early August                                             End of Internship
  • Early-Mid August                                    STEP-UP Research Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Click here for the NIH STEP-UP Application•

 

Purpose

The STEP-UP program is designed to provide a short-term summer research experience for high school junior and senior students from racial/ethnic groups and disadvantaged backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. The purpose is to expose student participants to research in the NIDDK mission areas, including diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, and obesity, as well as digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic diseases; although all areas of research are welcome.

The goal of this program is to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in the research pipeline who are committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social science research.

The goal of this program is to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in the research pipeline who are committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social science research.

NIDDK provides the funding and program oversight; however, the day-to-day coordination of the program is handled by one of four coordinating institutions, Stanford University being one of them. This is a national program and we make arrangements for students around the country to get connected to research facilities near their homes. Each student is paired with an established researcher and may be assigned to a research team. Students will work with staff on specific research projects.

 

Stanford STEP-UP Leadership

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D., FSAHM, has been the Program Director for the Stanford Coordinating Center.  She began with the program in 2007 while at the University of California, San Francisco, and then continued as Program Director when she was recruited to Stanford University in 2014. Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a developmental psychologist whose research has focused on cognitive, psychosocial and environmental factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication, and risk behavior.

Sheila McLaughlin, MFA, has been the Project Coordinator since 2010. Ms. McLaughlin holds a firm commitment to assist youth during their high school years to achieve their educational and career goals.

Both Dr. Halpern-Felsher and Ms. McLaughlin are the first in their families to attend college, lending force to their individual commitment to the overall goal of the Step-Up Program to increase the number of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students “in the pipeline” who are committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or social science research.

Specifically for the Step-Up students, Dr. Halpern-Felsher has developed slide presentations for the entire cohort of Step-Up students on topics including: “Getting Into College,” “Professional and Career Development,” and “Creating and Delivering Effective PowerPoint Presentations” that she presents at the annual Symposium held at the NIH. In 2015 our Stanford coordinating site launched weekly webinars for our students and their mentors. Presentations were held by Dr. Halpern-Felsher as well as participating mentors. The establishment of regular contact between our site and the interns and mentors, who are spread across states and time zones, strengthened and extended our mentoring opportunities as it created a stronger sense of community among the students themselves, and between coordinating centers and students.

This year we have launched an Extended Research Opportunity for a limited number of alums. Further information is found on this website.

We are excited to continue facilitating future Step-Up students to successfully complete their summer research internships and to assist them along their chosen college and career paths.

We are grateful to the other coordinating centers, to our NIH partners, to the NIH funding and to the mentors and students who give so much to this program. Please click on the link below the 'Deadlines' section for the application.

 

Visit our Stanford STEP-UP website to learn more.