Programs

Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP)
The Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) is an educational program designed to teach students science by involving them in biologically related research. Students are paid for their time in the lab where they develop an understanding of the scientific method and receive a realistic view of biological research. They also acquire the tools necessary to be successful in post-graduate studies in biology should they choose careers related to biology or biomedical research. UBRP demonstrates how the resources of a major research university can be brought to bear on undergraduate education.

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics’ Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASPET SURF)
The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) awarded the University of Arizona a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant. Five students will be funded each year. The ASPET SURF fellows are part of UBRP and work in ASPET members’ laboratories. ASPET SURF fellows attend UBRP activities and participate in a special luncheon during the summer with faculty members who are part of ASPET. ASPET SURF fellows will receive a free student membership in ASPET which entitles them to apply for travel funds to present at ASPET meetings, as well as other benefits.

Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention Program (NACP)
Designed to facilitate the entry of Native Americans into biomedical research and healthcare professions, while engaging communities in research and training relevant to their needs. Research projects include laboratory, field-based, and community-based participatory research. NACP Summer research internships for University of Arizona undergraduate students are offered in conjunction with the Undergraduate Biology Research Program. Participants work for 12 weeks full time in the summer.

Environmental Health Sciences – Transformative Research Undergraduate Experience (EHS-TRUE)
The UA EHS-TRUE program is a prestigious National Institutes of Health-funded undergraduate research training program, targeting students from backgrounds under-represented in the sciences, that will pay you to conduct environmental health science research with some of the leading experts in this exciting area. The program offers each participant two years of paid year-round (15 hours/week during classes, 35 hours/week in summer) training and research experience in EHS-TRUE faculty mentors’ research groups to help develop an understanding of environmental health sciences, to apply classroom learning to research in environmental health, and to aid in deciding on a career path. Students take an introduction to environmental health sciences course and an introduction to biomedical research careers course during their two years in the program and participate in activities (workshops, retreats, scientific conferences) to expand their research experience. The goal of EHS-TRUE is to prepare undergraduates from under-represented backgrounds to enter graduate programs in the environmental health sciences.

Beckman Scholars Program
The Beckman Scholars Program, funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, helps stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The Beckman Scholarship is a prestigious one, providing a total student stipend of $18,200 plus $2,800 for research supplies and travel support over the course of the 15-month experience.  Beckman Scholars conduct research with one of 15 stellar mentors in the UA College of Science, engage in professional development activities (including leading undergraduates in small group discussions, inviting and hosting an eminent scientist to give a seminar at UA, meeting with Beckman Mentors, and serving as student leaders with the Undergraduate Biology Research Program, etc.) One to three Beckman Scholars may be selected annually.