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Programs for Trainees Underrepresented in Biomedical Sciences

Programs to Enhance Diversity

At University of Utah Health, we believe that diversity in thought and lived experience is critical for asking the right questions and arriving at novel solutions. We support a number of programs that are centered on inclusion and that strive to create equitable opportunities for all.

Our programs for undergraduates are aimed at enhancing diversity in biomedical science. Students pair with world-class research mentors to gain in-depth knowledge in health science fields and insights into higher education and career opportunities.

For graduate and postdoctoral trainees, we provide guidance and support for application to competitive individual fellowships that foster development of a more inclusive academic scientific environment. Additional opportunities abound within our larger University of Utah and University of Utah Health communities, which are deeply committed to establishing a culture of belonging throughout campus and beyond.

Undergraduate Programs

A wealth of programming enables undergraduates to explore subjects in depth and gain valuable research experience. U of U Health supported programs, including summer programs, are listed below.

Undergraduates can explore additional opportunities that are available through the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Utah.

Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

10-week paid internship for Native American undergraduates interested in health sciences research.

Director

Maija Holsti

Coordinator

Gloria Slattum
gloria.slattum@hsc.utah.edu

Learn More About NARI

Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) Internship

10-week paid internship for undergraduates interested in biosciences or bioinformatics with a focus on genomics research.

Director

H. Joe Yost

Coordinator

Gloria Slattum
gloria.slattum@hsc.utah.edu

Learn More About GSRM Internship

PathMaker Programs for Cancer Research

Cancer-focused research experiences for high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups.

Director

Kolawole Okuyemi

Coordinator

Anna Marsden
anna.marsden@hci.utah.edu

Learn More About the PathMaker Programs

Health, Air Pollution, and Population Initiative in Education and Science Training (HAPPIEST)

This program trains undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in air pollution-related health research through a faculty-mentored summer research program.

Director

Sara Grineski

Coordinator

Yasi Shaker
yasi.shaker@utah.edu

Learn More About HAPPIEST

Graduate and Undergraduate Researchers of UCEER (GURU)

This is a first-of-its-kind program designed to give disabled students at the U the opportunity to join a research team focused on the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by genomic science and genomic medicine.

Director

James Tabery
james.tabery@utah.edu

Learn More About GURU

Postbaccalaureate Program

Intermountain Postbaccalurate Research Education Program (IM-PREP)

Graduate School Researcher in Lab Coat using Fume Hood

IM-PREP is a U-sponsored program focusing on students from diverse underrepresented backgrounds that demonstrate a strong drive for research and would benefit from additional research-intensive training experiences and professional development. The program enhances the successful transition from undergraduate education to top-tier doctoral programs and long-term retention in PhD-based career tracks.

Contact: IM-Prep@utah.edu

Eligibility: BA or BS in a STEM field

Graduate Student Programs

Graduate and Undergraduate Researchers of UCEER (GURU)

This is a first-of-its-kind program designed to give disabled students at the U the opportunity to join a research team focused on the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by genomic science and genomic medicine.

Director

James Tabery
james.tabery@utah.edu

Learn More About GURU

IMSD at the University of Utah

We mentor and prepare IMSD@U2 Trainees and Scholars for careers as outstanding scientists and leaders in the biomedical sciences while fostering a research-intensive environment where underrepresented scientists can flourish.

Director

Joseph Yost
jyost@genetics.utah.edu

NIH Fellowships

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award / Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Grant: F31

Eligibility: Enrolled in a graduate/clinical doctorate program

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NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award

Grant: F99/K00

Eligibility: In year 3 or 4 of PhD training

(F99/K00 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

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NHGRI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award for a Diverse Genomics Workforce

Grant: F99/K00

Eligibility: In year 3 or 4 of PhD training

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NIDCR Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award for a Diverse Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research Workforce

Grant: F99/K00

Eligibility: In year 3 or 4 of PhD training

(F99/K00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

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Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship

NIA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award to Promote Diversity in Translational Research for AD/‚ÄčADRD

Grant: F32

Eligibility: Research of Clinical Doctoral Degree

(F32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Postdoc Researchers in Lab Coats in Research Lab

Support for Applicants and Grant Recipients

The Biomedical Training Program team provides trainees and faculty pre and post-award support for institutional training grants. See their resources for grant writing and proposal development support. After receiving a grant, see their post award resources regarding compliance, acknowledgments, health insurance, and more. For faculty, there are resources available when considering applying for a new training grant.

Contact the training program team below with your questions.

University of Utah Community Resources

The U is committed to celebrating the rich diversity of people and creative and intellectual traditions, by being inclusive in every respect. Our community resources support diversity and inclusion and foster success.