The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Heersink School of Medicine (HSOM) specializes in clinical and research undergraduate summer programs that provide an enhanced scientific and professional preparation for students aspiring toward a career in medicine or biomedical sciences. The listed programs provide discipline-specific training and opportunities for smaller-scale connections within the overall community.

 All Programs can be accessed through the following link:

 You can apply to many of these programs through the common application: UAB Heersink SOM Common Undergraduate Summer Program Application

 For more information about these programs, please email

UAB Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)

An NIH/NHLBI R25 funded 8-week program to introduce outstanding undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds to the exciting career options of being both a scientific investigator and a practicing physician. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 

UAB Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

An 8-week program where undergraduate students are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant clinical and scientific community. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 

UAB BLAZER Brain Summer Program in Neuroscience (Blazer BRAIN)

An 8-week program providing students with excellent scientific aptitude the opportunity to experience independent research in the neurosciences under the guidance of a UAB faculty member. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

UAB RaCE for Pathology (RaCE4Path)

This 8-week program will blend both clinical and research training in the area of anatomical and forensic pathology for a shared-science approach to learning. Undergraduate students will be recruited through the Common Application portal for the Research and Clinical Experience in Pathology summer program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 

UAB Kidney Undergraduate Research Program (KURE)

UAB KURE - Kidney, Urology, and Hematology (KUH) Undergraduate Research Experience program is an NIH-funded Summer Research Program giving you the opportunity to learn about advances in kidney, urology, and non-malignant hematology research and be mentored in your own research project in a lab by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's renowned KUH community of investigators. This 8-week program allows you an in-depth experience in the field of biomedical research.

UAB HudsonAlpha Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomic Medicine (SURE-GM): 

SURE-GM (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomic Medicine) is UAB's NIH/NHGRI R25-funded summer program for outstanding undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the state of Alabama who want to explore the potential of a future career as scientific investigators in the field of genomics. This 2-year summer program partners with HudsonAlpha and UAB, where students will spend their summer conducting research at UAB.

UAB Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funded Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is a free 6-week summer enrichment residential program for first and second-year college students, developed from a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Optometry, and School of Health Professions, home to the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs.

UAB Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) offered by the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) provides promising undergraduate students who are interested in a medical career with research experience and knowledge that 1) increases their competitiveness for admission to medical school and 2) encourages them to consider careers in academic medicine, particularly the field of surgery. The program builds on a solid foundation of undergraduate research that already exists at UAB.

UAB Short Term Research Experience for Under-Represented Persons (STEP-UP)

STEP-UP program is a biomedical research experience for undergraduate students. This program is coordinated at UAB and two other coordinating centers. Students are linked with experienced research mentors at the institution they choose for the summer experience, which may be their home institution or one near their hometown. It is open to students across the country who are interested in exploring research careers. 

UAB Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF-SURP)

This is an 8-week program funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to introduce outstanding undergraduates from diverse, underrepresented minority, and disadvantaged backgrounds to basic and translational research that is impactful to CF. CF SURP students will be given the opportunity to learn a wide range of research and professional development skills, with the potential option of a clinical or clinical research shadowing experience.

UAB Research in Aging through Mentorship & Practice Program (RAMP-UP)

RAMP-UP invites rising sophomore undergraduate students, degree-seeking, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Tuskegee (TU), Alabama A&M University (AAMU), Alabama State University (ASU), Oakwood University (OU), or Stillman College (SC). RAMP-UP provides activities focused on mentored research experiences and education in research regarding senior adults, aging, and health disparities research for underrepresented students in MSTEM fields and combines it with structured career planning and guidance to increase the likelihood that students will complete graduate studies and enter the research workforce.

Cancer Research Immersion Student Program (CRISP)

CRISP is a Partnership of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Tuskegee University (TU), and the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). CRISP seeks to introduce underrepresented minority students at the undergraduate level to cancer research, including research on cancer disparities, via training, mentoring, and coursework. Through participation in designated seminars and workshops, research students will be able to enhance their knowledge, scientific techniques, and expertise in cancer and cancer research.