STEP-UP – Health Research Opportunity for AI/AN High School Students

Sharing a special announcement for AI/AN high school students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas:

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Dear High School Counselor, Teacher or Administrator, Parent(s) and Mentors:

The American Indian Research and Education Center (AIREC)/University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) under the School of Community Health Sciences is a Coordinating Center with the Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP). AIREC will be involved with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), STEP-UP program for the next five years. The project aims to be expose American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) current year junior and senior high school students to the science of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, and obesity.

The long term objective is to develop a sustainable research education program for AI/AN high school students that provide hands on experience with biomedical, behavioral and clinical research, prevention and outreach targeting health disparities research in diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition and obesity.

The 8 week program provides students with real experiences including opportunities to:

  • Learn what biomedical research entails by being actively involved a project.
  • Learn laboratory and research protocols.
  • Learn how to develop a hypothesis
  • Train with faculty and staff in a laboratory setting, or research setting.
  • Prepare and present research findings at the annual NIDDK research symposium at the NIH in Bethesda Maryland in August 2014.

Program Highlights

  • 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience with flexible starting dates.
  • Summer research stipend.
  • All-paid travel expenses to the Annual High School STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH’s Main Campus in Bethesda, Maryland (August 2014).
  • Students are encouraged to choose a research institute and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research.

Please read the https://stepup.niddk.nih.gov/hs.aspx. before starting the application. Applications will be accepted online beginning 11/15/2013. All online applications and supporting materials must be submitted by 2/15/2014. Please know that you can save and go back to your online application once you have created a log in account.

Students applying to the High School STEP-UP must:     

  • Complete and successfully submit online application.
  • Complete and successfully submit a Personal Statement with no more than 600 words.
  • Contact two Academic References with instructions on how to submit Online Letters of Recommendation. Two complete Letters of Recommendation must be received on or before February 15, 2013 for program consideration.
  • Order an official academic transcript which reflects all earned credits and grades through December 2012 (most recent). Transcripts must be postmarked by 2/15/2014 and mailed to:

High School STEP-UP     

11 Democracy Plaza Blvd., Room 904

Bethesda, MD 20892

For questions or comments please feel free to contact:

Ms. DeeJay Chino, MPA

Program Coordinator

American Indian Research & Education Center

University of Nevada Las Vegas

4505 S. Maryland Parkway Box 3064

Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-3064

(702) 895-4003

Email: chinoe@unlv.nevada.edu

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