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Undergraduate Program

de Kiewiet Summer Research Fellowships

de Kiewiet Fellows work for ten weeks during June, July, and August in the labs of their research mentor and receive a stipend of $4,000. In addition, fellows will need to create and present a poster of their research findings at the UPBM Poster Session in October of their fellowship year.

See a list of past de Kiewiet Summer Research Fellows.

Project Requirements

Summer projects must be rooted in the biological sciences and non-clinical in nature. Although some scientific arguments may be inspired through clinical studies, we expect that the proposed research will yield data from experimentation that involves laboratory and/or computational methods for further analysis.


All officially declared UPBM majors in their junior year are eligible to apply.  

How to Apply

To apply, interested applicants must:

  • Find a research mentor
  • Email a "Letter of Intent to Apply" to by the end of the first week in March
    • Address this email to the UPBM Committee to make them aware a mentor has been found and that a proposal, both summaries, and two letters of support are being prepared
    • Include faculty research mentor’s name and department, and brief description of the project (one to three sentences)
    • Copy in your research mentor and UPBM major advisor on the email

The Statement of Authorship is written by the research mentor. This is a brief explanation that indicates how the mentor’s contributions to the proposal. It is the student’s responsibility to write the proposal under the supervision of their research mentor. Although a small level of contribution from the research mentor is expected, the candidate should author the majority of the proposal.

Selection Process

This fellowship is competitive, as the number of positions is limited.  All application materials and academic records will be reviewed and ranked by the UPBM Committee. Decisions should be communicated to the applicants by mid-April.

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Faculty Mentor

Students will need to find a faculty mentor who conducts research in their area of interest and who will agree to supervise a summer project. Additionally, research mentors must be affiliated with biological science labs located on the River Campus or at the Medical Center, and must be a teaching faculty member.

Whether a student has already been working with a faculty member or a search needs to be conducted, it should be planned months in advance. Please note that faculty members are not obligated to comply. See the finding a research mentor page for tips on finding a mentor. 

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Formal Research Proposal, Summaries, Statement of Authorship

All work must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and in 11-point font.

Research Proposal

The body of the proposal should be no more than six pages and must include the following sections:

Background and Significance (limit to two pages)

  • Sketch the background to the proposal
  • Evaluate existing knowledge related to the proposal
  • Report any pertinent data obtained by other people in the lab on which you will be basing your proposal
  • Identify the question(s) the project intends to answer
  • Discuss the significance of the proposed work

Preliminary Studies Conducted by Applicant

  • Most students will not have data; however, please give any preliminary data already obtained related to the proposal

Experimental Design (limit to two pages)

  • Outline the experimental approach used in the study and the rationale for the approach. Do not include experimental detail (i.e., buffer concentrations)
  • List any new techniques learned in order to conduct the study

Literature Citations (limit to one page)

  • List all citations in alphabetical order at the end of the proposal

Relevant Professional Experience

In one to two pages, briefly summarize any research experience or other relevant training (e.g., summer program, laboratory job, laboratory assistantship, independent research, etc.).

Research and Career Goals

In one page, explain the importance of the proposed research to your educational experience as well as your future goals.

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