This nine week research program is designed for highly motivated college undergraduate students with a keen interest in research careers in biomedical science. The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology offers an exciting and diverse array of research areas, geared toward understanding the cellular and molecular underpinnings of human physiology. We seek to understand how these factors influence whole organism physiology using a number of novel model systems and cutting edge technologies.
- The opportunity to receive hands-on experience in on-going research projects, under the direction of a faculty member and their lab team.
- Interact with faculty at informal weekly “faculty spotlight” sessions.
- Discuss current topics in research with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at weekly sessions.
- Showcase the fruits of your summer research experience at a student seminar attended by the faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and staff of the Department. Students will deliver a short oral presentation about their summer research to the department.
- SPUR students will receive $3,000 to assist in the cost of lodging, meals, and other expenses.
- On-campus housing is not available at UTHSCSA; however, there are several extended stay hotels and other options nearby.
Extra Research Activities:
- Journal Clubs
- Departmental and Inter-Departmental Socials
- Networking Activities
- Other extra-curricular activities hosted by the department
Previous SPUR Program Students
“I graduated from Trinity University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a Chemistry minor – thanks, in part, to my experience with the SPUR program under Dr. Lynette Daws. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. Degree and I am applying this year for UT Health San Antonio’s IBMS (NS) program with the hopes of working under a PI researching motivation and reward pathways in the brain or psychiatric neuropharmacology.”
– Logan Gloster, SPUR 2016
“Being a part of the SPUR program provided me with a better understanding of the innovation, dedication, and collaborative learning research fosters. Working in Dr. Robert Brenner’s laboratory, I investigated the gene expression of the KCNMB4 promoter in BK channels and its down regulation after a post-seizure episode. My research experience enabled me to make the connection between applied science and how these discoveries are transformed into evidence-based medicine. As an undergraduate researcher, I developed a deeper appreciation for the scientific advancements that help shape the world of medicine, and I look forward to contributing to these efforts as I begin my MD/MPH degree at Paul L. Foster SOM in El Paso.”
-Danielle Trevino, SPUR 2017
“The hands-on research experience I gained through the SPUR program has helped me appreciate the importance of research, whether it be in basic science or a clinical setting. After participating in the SPUR program in 2018 under Dr. Bhat’s mentorship, I continued to work in the Banerjee lab and am now attending the Long School of Medicine here at UT Health San Antonio. The SPUR program and my continued involvement in the lab have strengthened and reaffirmed my interest in doing research as a physician, particularly in neuroscience.”
– Ida Vaziri, SPUR 2018
“Participating in the SPUR program allowed me to gain valuable research experience. During my time, I learned many research skills and was shaped into a diligent researcher, which has prepared me to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. While working in Dr. Georgianna Gould’s lab, I was able to experience what being a graduate student could be like. I enjoyed coming to the lab and running experiments, analyzing data, and importantly, learning how to present my work. The SPUR program is an immersive experience that allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of science culture, which has benefited me in many ways.”
– Gianna Davis, SPUR 2018
SPUR 2020 Application Requirements
- Must be a student in an undergraduate science degree program (U.S. institutions only).
- Must have successfully completed one year in an undergraduate degree program to include at least general biology and/or introductory chemistry.
- Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Completed application form
- Transcripts (official and/or unofficial to reflect courses taken and in progress)
- Two letters of reference from sources that are familiar with your academic capabilities and scientific knowledge
- Please write a brief essay (<500 words total) explaining why you are applying for this program. Please include:
- A personal statement describing your career goals
- How the program will help you move toward those goals
- Any experience you have had in a lab setting
Application Deadline: The 2020 SPUR Application cycle has Closed. If you have questions regarding your application please contact. Tanya Davila.