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ASPET SURF Program in Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Primary Institution: University of Cincinnati
City: Cincinnati
State: OH
Job Duration: 10 week (summer traineeship)
Class Requirement: sophomores and juniors preferred
Minimum GPA: 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
Position Type: research training in engineering and biomedical applications
Discipline(s): Biophysics
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
membrane science, drug delivery, gene array technologies
Description: The goal of the UC/ASPET SURF Program is to provide undergraduate science majors with an opportunity to conduct biomedical research in faculty laboratories during a structured 10-week summer program.  Through this program students will explore interests in pursuing advanced graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences. Students selected for this full-time program will receive lectures from faculty and advanced graduate students in foundation concepts and principles in pharmacology and toxicology. Pharmacology is the study of how endogenous and exogenous molecules interact with their biological targets, from proteins to cells to organ systems, and how these targets act in response to drugs.  Toxicology is the complex process through which drugs, chemicals and environmental agents injure biological functions. Genetics is important to understanding diverse biological responses to drugs and to toxins.  Pharmacology and toxicology are dynamic subjects which require an ability to apply integrative knowledge of basic science areas such as molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, and cell, organ systems, and organism physiology.

Dalton/Zannoni Fellows
Each student will be appointed as a Dalton/Zannoni Fellow of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).  Each admitted UC/ASPET SURF student will be matched with a faculty-mentored laboratory research project of interest to the student.  The student will be enrolled as an ASPET student member.

UC/ASPET SURF Program Content
The 10-week summer research training program (June 15 to August 21, 2009) will include: (1) lectures, research seminars and technical demonstrations; (2) technical writing; (3) ethics case discussions; (4) poster presentation competition; and (5) social and cultural events.  UC/ASPET SURF students will be working in laboratory research setting with graduate students for both mentoring, supervision, and better understanding of UC's biomedical sciences graduate student programs.  All UC/ASPET SURF student research projects will utilize state-of-the-art techniques and many will be linked by interdisciplinary teams.

Explore Career Pathways
UC/ASPET SURF students will have an opportunity to explore advanced graduate degree (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs in pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences, neurosciences and genetics during the summer months following introduction and orientation to these programs by their respective graduate program directors.

Financial Support
The five (5) students accepted into the UC/ASPET SURF program will be awarded full scholarships of $4,000. Applicants who have completed at least one year of a full-time undergraduate curriculum majoring in Biology, Biophysics, Bio/Chemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or other Life Sciences are eligible.. Applicants who will have junior or senior standing in 2008-09 will receive admission priority.  Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Stipend: $4000 (10 weeks full time)
Benefits: social program
Application Deadline: 02/15/2009
Job Website:
Additional Information: Applicants who wish admission consideration must submit the on-line application and send by mail: (1) an official undergraduate course transcript, (2) a resume, (3) a list of in-progress courses that will be completed during academic year 2008-09, and (4) 2 letters of recommendation.

Student cumulative GPA, scope of courses, letters of recommendation (2 from faculty), and statement of how the UC/ASPET SURF Program will assist the student in achieving their goals of completing an advanced graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) leading to a career in pharmacology, toxicology, or pharmaceutical sciences will be given strong emphasis in applicant selection.

UC/ASPET SURF Web and Application:

Mail Address:
UC/ASPET SURF Program -2009
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way
P.O. Box 670575
Cincinnati, OH  45267-0575

Contact Information:
Phone:  513-558-2333
FAX:    513-558-1169

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Nancy Thyberg
231 Albert Sabin Way
P.O. Box 670575
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0575
Phone: 513-558-2333
Fax: 513-558-1169
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