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Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) in Life Sciences

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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research in Life Sciences laboratories during the summer. SPUR serves as an umbrella for two programs that bring undergraduates from other colleges and universities to UO: The NSF REU in Molecular Sciences, and the NIH R25 Program, as well as a program for UO undergrads known as Oregon Undergraduate Researchers in SPUR (OURS).

SPUR is committed to diversifying the next generation of life scientists in the research community. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply. Underrepresented groups in life sciences research are considered by race, ethnicity, low-income, first-generation, and disability status. Access to research is also considered. We stress active, experiential learning, because a true understanding of scientific ideas requires immersion into the processes of discovery, and it is reflected in the ability to communicate these ideas.

SPUR offers closely mentored research projects to provide broad, experience-based training in science research. This training, which stresses active learning for both interns and mentors, includes experimental approaches, methodological skills, strategic design, creative and critical reasoning, and scientific communication. We aim to boost personal confidence by professional and social interactions with active researchers at all levels. In selecting summer interns, we seek talented, motivated, adventurous, and hard-working undergraduates who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such opportunities. SPUR contributes to national efforts to raise competence in STEM areas, enhances access to research careers for students with limited access to research facilities and experience, broadens the participation of minority researchers in STEM field related careers, and trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to be effective mentors.

Applicants should be able to commit to a full 10-week experience within the program dates. Applicants should expect a rigorous and rich immersion into the life of a scientist. The program is quite intense and not by any means a summer job or summer vacation; however, it is extremely rewarding.

Program Benefits:

- A stipend for full time training in a research lab for 10 weeks

- A series of professional development workshops

- Sponsored trips to the Oregon coast and Cascade mountains

- Travel expenses to and from the University of Oregon for visiting students

- Housing and meal plan for visiting students

- Funding to attend a research conference (e.g., SACNAS and ABRCMS).

Program Dates: 6/14/2020 - 8/21/2020

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Oregon (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
Ecology & Evolution
Genetics & Genomics
Molecular Biology

Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental Biology
Evolutionary Biology
Genomic Analysis
Marine Biology
Structural Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 1/14/2020
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