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Grant Awarded in Support of the APS UGSRF Program
January 16, 2018

The American Physiological Society (APS) is honored to announce a new $50,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations in support of the APS undergraduate summer research fellowships (UGSRF) program that will be used to fund immersive laboratory research experiences for five students. As part of an ongoing commitment to foster undergraduate research experiences in physiology, APS has sponsored 348 UGSRFs since 2000. Fellows will spend 10 weeks working in the labs of APS member-researcher hosts and complete online interactive professional development lessons.

The purpose of The Hearst Foundations grant is to provide summer research fellowships to undergraduate students who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Hands-on research experiences such as the UGSRF are critical to keeping students engaged and within the STEM pipeline.

“APS has had phenomenal success in attracting and retaining undergraduate students in STEM research careers,” said APS Executive Director Martin Frank, PhD. “Historically, we have relied on government grants to support these programs. But in recent years, some of these funding sources are no longer available, making support from the prestigious Hearst Foundations that much more timely and necessary.”

UGSRF awardees are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Each Hearst fellow receives a stipend and housing allowance plus additional travel funds to present his or her research at the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB). Research hosts receive funds for lab supplies for the fellow’s summer research project.

APS proudly offers UGSRFs to 60+ undergraduate students along with offering other awards and grants that recognize excellence in student research each year. For more information on APS- or Hearst Foundations-sponsored UGSRFs or to apply, visit the APS website.

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