The APS Hearst Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program funds 2-3 full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory research experience to work for 10 weeks during the summer in the laboratory of an established APS investigator. Each student has his/her own research question to work on during the summer. The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students to pursue a career as a research scientist.
In addition, Fellows receive a travel grant to allow them to attend and present their research data at the following year's APS annual meeting (Experimental Biology), which is a broad-based scientific meeting of five to seven diverse biological scientific societies that are members of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). There are many opportunities for the students to mingle with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers at the meeting, in addition to all the scientific presentations and posters they can attend.
The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program was established in 2000 as an initiative of the Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee and APS Council and is supported by the APS and a grant from The Hearst Foundations.
Applying for the Fellowship
Interested students and research hosts should download the Host Application Instructions and Student Application Instructions as well as the FAQ document (see Resources below). It is important for applicants to read ALL of the application information on this page and in the application document and follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete applications, including applications where students do not meet the criteria will not be reviewed.
Applications can ONLY be submitted online through the APS Online Awards Application System (see link below). The application deadline is February 1 each year and award recipients are notified by April 1.
- Applicants must have an over-all GPA of >3.0 (0-4.0 scale).
- Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory research experience. Students should not have more than 9 calendar months of research experience in a physiology laboratory, no previous peer-reviewed publications, and no previous abstracts submitted to national or international meetings.
- Applicants must be from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities. For more detail, refer to “NIH Definitions of Persons Underrepresented in STEM” under Resources.
- The laboratory host must be an APS member in good standing at the time of application submission. Students are encouraged to review the list of APS members (see "Selecting Your Research Host" under Resources) who are interested in hosting an undergraduate student for the summer.
- Previous UGSRF awardees are encouraged to apply for the UGREF award as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Students cannot apply for the UGREF award and the UGSRF award concurrently. Previous UGSRF awardees can only receive the UGSRF award once. Previous UGREF awardees are not eligible for additional years of funding.
- For additional information about eligibility and benefits, follow the “Summer Research Programs” link under Resources.
Selection of Participants
Complete applications will be reviewed and awardees selected by the APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee. Decisions will be final. Selection of participants is based on the following parameters: potential impact of the fellowship on the student’s career development, academic merit, student’s understanding of the research project, socioeconomic issues, significant student involvement in research, research environment and funding, proposed interactions with research host and others in the lab, letters of recommendation, and quality of both student and research host application. Special consideration is given to applicants whose socioeconomic background, access to educational opportunities, and other life experiences suggest that they would especially benefit from this type of program. Applications by students from institutions with few or limited research opportunities are especially encouraged.
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Frequently asked questions about APS Undergraduate Summer Research Programs.
Visit this page for definitions of groups underrepresented in STEM.
Follow these instructions to complete the research host portion of the application.
Follow this link for more information about finding a research host for the summer. Remember, the host must be an APS member in good standing.
Follow these instructions to complete and submit an application.
List of APS undergraduate summer programs, eligibility, benefits and application deadlines.