Feb 3 Gen-I NOW Message: Apply by Feb 15 for the NIH STEP-UP Program!

Tanake! (“Hello!” in the Catawba language)

This NOW message shares information about the National Institute of Health’s Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)!

STEP-UP is a summer research program that aims to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. The program is supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and seeks to increase participation of high school and undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.

Program participants are paired with a research location and mentor to conduct an 8-week (minimum) research project and present their findings at the annual NIH summer research symposium.

 APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15th 2016 @ 11:59 PM EST

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older and be enrolled in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university, or plan to be enrolled in the fall.
    • If a high school student, be in their junior or senior year of high school, during the application period.
    • If an undergraduate student, be currently enrolled as a full-time student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale), although exceptions may be granted.
  • Have personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program (exceptions will be granted for students living in the Pacific Islands).

Click here for a full list of eligibility requirements.

If accepted, program participants will:

  • Be assigned to a Coordinating Center (CC) or other research location to be paired with a mentor, participate in trainings and begin summer research. Note that program start dates are determined by the CC and research mentor; however, high school students must begin the program no later than June 13, 2016.
  • Present their projects at the annual summer research symposium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD (August 7-11, 2016 for high school students and July 31-August 4, 2016 for undergraduate students).


  1. Create an account through the Student Portal.
  2. Submit an online application through the Student Portal prior to 11:59 PM EST on February 15th 2016. Please read the application instructions before submitting your application.
  3. Submit all required documents by the deadline including a personal statement, two (2) letters of recommendation, and an academic transcript. Undergraduate students must also submit a resume. Click here for a detailed list of documents required before and after acceptance.

For questions, visit the program FAQ page or contact program representatives by phone or email:

Telephone: 301-443-8415
Email: niddkstepup@mail.nih.gov

The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).​​​​​​


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