Welcome to the STUUR Program

The Department of Biological Sciences at UMBC announces the Summer Training for Undergraduates in Urologic Research (STUUR) program. The program will provide a 10 week residential research program for nine talented undergraduate students who espouse the goal of pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD and a research career in a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK) mission-relevant area of benign urologic disease. Recruitment will target undergraduates with a strong record of academic achievement, and who have a demonstrated commitment to increasing the number of persons from underrepresented groups.

Program Description

This program will employ a variety of activities to achieve the overarching goal of providing a comprehensive summer research experience to prepare students to enter a high-caliber graduate program. Nine participants will be selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants and will be placed in the laboratory of the Center Director or the laboratory of one of the Co-PIs, according to the students’ stated research interests. All program activities will build camaraderie among these young scientists and encourage their pursuit of urologically-oriented biomedical research careers.

In addition to developing and conducting their research projects, students will

  • begin with an orientation program during which they will be trained in laboratory safety procedures and research ethics. Students placed at Johns Hopkins will also complete a mandatory volunteer training session,
  • attend mandatory weekly meetings with Dr. Charles Bieberich to ensure that participants receive training in scientific communication and ethics in science, as well as other professional development attributes necessary to become a successful research scientist,
  • meet weekly with Dr. Bieberich to track program progress and discuss issues related to careers in biomedical research. All participants will present scientific posters at a national conference in August, and
  • develop a scientific poster, with the aid of their mentor. Students will attend a national scientific conference at the end of this experience, at which they will present their poster.




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carefully before applying.