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
“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
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: 2020 SPUR Application
- 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 completed packet is due Friday, February 28th. Please email complete packets to Tanya Davila at email@example.com. Only complete packets will be considered.