Building biomedical research capacity in North Dakota
by serving public universities and tribal colleges within the state
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Institutional Development Award (IDeA)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence
University of North Dakota - School of Medicine & Health Sciences
1301 N. Columbia Road, Stop 9037 - Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Telephone: (701) 777-6376 - Fax: (701) 777-6372
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Applications will be accepted through April 12, 2021.

Funded by the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) and the University of North Dakota (UND), this new program is a 10-week summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF) experience in neuropharmacology with mentorship from faculty at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks, ND.  Specific research areas include neurochemistry, neurotransmission, neural receptor pharmacology, neurotransporters, epigenomic modification, neuroimmunology, mechanisms and treatment of nervous system disorders, drug addiction, drugs of abuse, pharmacology of drugs acting on the central nervous system, and behavioral pharmacology. 

Participants will receive a $5,750 salary/stipend and travel expenses to UND (up to $750 for one round trip).  In addition, room and board is covered at UND.  Financial support is also available for child care if needed. The program will begin Tuesday, June 1, 2021 and end Friday, August 6, 2021.  Students who have already received their bachelorís degrees prior to the start of this program are not eligible. Application review will begin March 1.  Please submit applications and letters as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted through April 12, 2021.

ASPET SURF participants will work in a research laboratory alongside faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.  In addition to basic lab procedures, participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of lab techniques in the fields of cell biology, developmental biology, epigenetics, immunology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and psychology with an emphasis in neuropharmacology.  Students will also participate in weekly training seminars and workshops about science writing and presentations, responsible conduct of research, ethics and harassment, as well as the graduate school application process.  The program ends with an undergraduate research poster session.

Selection criteria include academic performance, as well as educational and career goals.  Students with a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the sciences and from groups underrepresented in the sciences such as those from rural and tribal colleges with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.  At least five undergraduate students will be selected to participate in the UND ASPET SURF 2021 program.  For more information, contact Dr. Van A. Doze.

Note: Applications for our Summer 2021 ASPET SURF Program are still being accepted.

Application review will begin March 1, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Please submit all application materials as soon as possible. 

Our Summer 2020 ASPET SURF Program was primarily virtual/remote. We plan to host at least a hybrid onsite/virtual program this summer. Operation of the 2021 program is subject to possible constraints relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.   If you are offered a position in the program, we will keep you informed about any situations that may affect whether your participation will be onsite or remote.