Center for Biomedical Research

Hannah Hall of Science, Room 276
244 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4451
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(248) 370-3420
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Yang Xia, Director

Student Research Opportunities

American Heart Association
Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Oakland University is pleased to announce that we have obtained support from the American Heart Association for a summer research fellowship program called AHA@OU. This program is designed to expose students to cutting-edge basic cardiovascular research. AHA@OU offers each student a $4,000 stipend to support a summer research experience in cardiovascular sciences research. Undergraduate students accepted into the program will be matched with a laboratory led by a faculty member engaged in cardiovascular research at OU. Research topics include: thrombosis, stem cell regeneration of the myocardium, DNA repair mechanisms and contractile function, immune-hemostasis, and cardiomyocyte mitosis and survival.

The 2021 application is now being accepted. Refer to the Application Materials and Application Checklist tabs. The 2021 application is due on February 22, 2021.

Please email completed application to: Colin Wu, Ph.D.

For additional information, please see the Applicant Information and Program Details tab.

Applicant Information and Program Details

Our research topics include a diverse collection of projects relevant to the AHA mission. The AHA-supported undergraduate fellows will participate in a summer research program closely aligned to OU’s existing Summer Research Program in the Biological Sciences and Chemistry.

Eligibility: Any undergraduate student with a 3.0 grade point average (and achieving a junior status or above, including graduating senior status) and currently enrolled in a degree granting college or university is eligible to apply. Applicants are evaluated based on a combination of academic performance (primarily in the sciences), the student's potential to perform research as evidenced by letters of recommendation, and the importance of the fellowship to the student's career path/career decision making. Previous laboratory research experience is considered but not required. Racial and socioeconomic groups underrepresented in science are encouraged to apply.

Additional program activities include: Didactic core curriculum lectures, bi-weekly meetings among participants and mentors, workshops in the appropriate and ethical usage of animals in research, workshops in grant writing, networking opportunities with world leaders in cardiovascular sciences and medicine, opportunities to present in progress research results to colleagues and faculty, participation in weekly laboratory meetings of mentoring faculty.

Selection Process
Applications will be holistically evaluated to select applicants with the potential for a career in cardiovascular research. Applicants will not be simply ranked by classroom performance. Personal characteristics such as communication skills, motivation, tenacity, resilience, and intellectual curiosity are essential for research success and will be carefully considered.

Student awardees will be responsible for paying for housing during their fellowship from their stipend. Students are expected to work 40 hours per week in the laboratory during the fellowship period excluding the weeks of Memorial Day and Independence Day. If any other vacation days are requested, they must be agreed upon by the faculty member and the student, and the hours must be made up by the student before the end of the summer.

Students will be required to attend an end of summer colloquium (last week of the program) where they will have the opportunity to report their research findings. For useful tips to make the most out of your research experiences, visit the Undergrad in the Lab website.

Application Checklist
  • Application Cover Page
  • Applicant Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial (or Official) Transcript pdf file to upload 
  • Personal Statement (Max of 300 words)
    • Discuss career goals and research interests and why the fellowship would be beneficial for your career goals
    • Describe any relevant course based, or research laboratory based, research
  • Select two research mentors whose research projects interest you
  • Identify two people who would be able to provide you with an excellent one page
    letter of recommendation. Please Provide the recommender name and email

Research at OU

Oakland University
  • SUPER.  The Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research provides a unique opportunity for Oakland University undergraduates to conduct independent research projects under the guidance of Eye Research Institute faculty.
  • Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry Undergraduate Research Program. The program is a unique opportunity to conduct independent research projects in biological sciences or chemistry that will expose students to the techniques and processes of research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  • UnCoRe. The Computer Science and Engineering Department invites students to apply to its eighth summer of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduate students. The students selected to participate will be immersed in a research environment under the mentoring of CSE faculty.
  • Provost Undergraduate Research Award. $1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project.
  • Provost Undergraduate Student Travel Award. Student travel grant awards are intended to be used by students to attend conferences or research briefing sessions or to present papers at conferences.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Leadership (CURL).  Oakland's unique Center for Undergraduate Research and Leadership (CURL) supports undergraduate research initiatives, and the key work of those actively developing undergraduate research. CURL promotes leadership and excellence among the Oakland University undergraduate community, and the qualities of creativity, innovation and social and public enterprise.  Based in The Honors College, the Center advances the idea that strong undergraduate research is the future of higher education, the engine powering the success of our colleges and universities and of the public and private sectors. Champions of Research are elected to CURL on a semester basis. These Champions are faculty and undergraduate students who exemplify world class research.

External Research Opportunities
Other Programs
  • Amgen Scholars Program.  An intensive summer research opportunity is science and biotechnology that spans the United States and Europe.
  • NIH Summer Internship Program.  Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
  • Pathways to Science. Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.
  • NSF REU Search. A website maintained by the National Science Foundation that allows a search for Research Experiences for Undergraduate sites.
  • APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. The American Physiological Society Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships program funds up to 24 fellowships during the summer. These fellowships are to support full-time undergraduate students to work in the laboratory of an established investigator. See their page listing other summer research fellowships.
  • Janelia Undergraduate Scholars. HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus seeks a small number of well-prepared, committed and gifted students to join an intense and exciting research environment.
  • Oak Ridge National Labs. Whether you are a recent graduate, a graduate student, an undergraduate, a K-12 student, or a faculty member, ORNL has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience.
  • NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. You and your school are invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering.
  • Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) program at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biomedical research.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Sloan-Kettering. Students have the opportunity for hands-on research experience in cutting-edge biomedical research laboratories. Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with a proven interest in biomedical research are invited to apply.
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program. CSHL’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides one of the few places where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community.
  • Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences. The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. The program also provides useful advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health and other schools at Harvard University.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology and Cancer (SURPH@Duke). This eight-week summer research experience focuses on learning how scientific discovery at the bench can be translated to treatment of disease. Students will work with a faculty mentor and carry out an independent research project in Duke’s Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Molecular & Integrative Physiology. The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan offers summer fellowship programs to support undergraduate students that are interested in research in physiology and/or biomedical sciences.
  • University of Michigan-SMART Undergraduate Summer Program. UM-SMART is designed for undergraduate students who are potentially interested in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine focused on basic research relevant to human disease.
  • Central Michigan University Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates. This Central Michigan University Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, funded by the National Science Foundation and the College of Science and Engineering, supports the training of 8 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2019-2021
  • Summer Student Research Program, Food and Drug Administration. Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.
  • Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships Program. The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE), is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors).
  • Johns Hopkins University Summer Internship Program. The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities that have completed one - two or more years of college.
  • Michigan State University Undergraduate Student Summer Research Program in Biomedical Sciences. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is sponsoring a summer research program at Michigan State University for undergraduate students. The goal of this program is to provide hands-on research exposure and graduate or professional school preparation opportunities for individuals who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.