Developing Undergraduate Researchers-Matter (DURA-M) Program

Summer 4

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 and workshops to enhance their academic and career development.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students currently enrolled in freshman, sophomore or junior year
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average
  • U. S. Citizen or permanent residency
  • Major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or other life science
  • Intention to pursue biomedical research careers

Program Components:

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

Summer Research Internship Scholar Support:

  • Stipend Allowance (Approximately $3,800)
  • Living Accommodations
  • Travel Allowance


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