Developing Undergraduate Researchers-Matter (DURA-M)

The Developing Undergraduate Researchers-Matter (DURA-M) Program addresses the significant gap in the number of underrepresented minority groups, disadvantaged populations and individuals with disabilities that enter biomedical and behavioral science careers. This program will provide undergraduate students interested in pursuing NIDA-related research, a 10-week summer research experience in a mentor-guided laboratory. This program is sponsored by The National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students completing freshman year and sophomore students
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • U. S. Citizen or permanent residency
  • Major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or other life science
  • Intention of pursuing education beyond the bachelor’s level

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Program Components

  • Library and electronic research techniques
  • Preparation for research
  • Faculty mentors
  • Research presentation skills
  • Ten-weeks of mentor-guided research
  • Mini-lecture series in NIDA-focus areas
  • Mentee Training and Networking through the National Research Mentoring Network

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Summer Research Internship

Participants will be awarded faculty-mentored summer research internships. These internships are full-time ten-week commitments. Interns will:

  • work with a faculty mentor whose research interests are related to their own;
  • write a paper based on the intern’s research results, which will be submitted for presentation at a national meeting; and
  • develop a computer-assisted oral presentation and a research poster to be presented at the conclusion of the program and at a national conference
  • the program runs Tuesday, May 14 through Friday,  July 19, 2019
  • receive a stipend of approximately $6,000 (minus hotel costs)

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Application Packet

The following materials must be submitted by March 16, 2019:

  • DURA-M Application
  • Transcripts (official) from the all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members

All application materials become the property of UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth and cannot be returned.

Send application materials to:

UNT Health Science Center
Center for Diversity and International Programs
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, STE 248
Fort Worth, TX 76107-269

For more information please contact:

Heather Longtin
Administrative Coordinator
Pat Baker
Sr. Administrative Coordinator


This page was last modified on November 24, 2020