Undergraduate Opportunities

MIP lab

The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology offers three summer fellowship programs to support undergraduate students that are interested in research in physiology and/or biomedical sciences. Any student who is currently enrolled at any degree granting University or College is invited to apply, with preference given to those students interested in a career in research. Students can be majoring in the biological science, engineering, computational sciences, physics or mathematics.  In general, biological science students will join our traditional Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), quantitative students will join our Short Term Educational Program (STEP) towards Digestive and Metabolic Physiology, and students from underrepresented groups and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds will join our Summer Undergraduate Research in Physiology (SURP) Program.

Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology or of the University of Michigan Medical School. The selected laboratories are involved in nationally recognized research, in topics such as hormones and signal transduction, obesity and diabetes, reproduction and circadian rhythms including sleep, gastrointestinal physiology including digestive diseases, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and hypertension, renal and pulmonary function, muscle contractile mechanisms, ion channels and neurophysiology.

There will be a research forum at the end of the summer in which fellows will present their work, as well as opportunities to attend research seminars throughout the summer. 

A description of the programs and application process can be found on the top menu or on the following links: