Vanderbilt University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

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 Deadline: 

February 1, 2014
   

Start Date: 

June 2, 2014
   

Duration: 

9 Weeks, June 2 to August 1, 2014
   

Location: 

Nashville, TN
   

Area of Interest: 

Arts
Biomedical Sciences
Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Sciences
Humanities
Physical Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Other:
   

Category: 

Education
   

Description: 

The Department of pharmacology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center invites undergraduate students to perform research during the summer at Vanderbilt University. The objective of this program is to introduce students to biomedical research, and to help them gain an understanding of recent advances in pharmacological research through interactions with various faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students within the department. Research in the Department of Pharmacology currently emphasizes the following areas:
* Receptor identification, structural elucidation and signal transduction
* Structure-function of ligand-operated and voltage-gated ion channels
* Arachidonic acid metabolism and cellular regulation by novel Arachidonic acid metabolites
* Control of protein function by phosphorylation/dephosphorylation
* Regulation of gene expression
* Genetic and molecular biological analysis of signal transduction pathways
* Cell-cell communication
* Neural or cardiovascular development and differentiation
* Cardiovascular pharmacology
* Neuropharmacology
* Medicinal chemistry
* Genetic basis of inherited disease
* Regulation of neurotransmitter release and synaptic events

Each student will have a separate research project and will work in a laboratory under the direct supervision of a faculty preceptor. A Journal Club of summer students and their preceptors will met regularly throughout the summer, and several social activities are planned as well. Students are encouraged to contact faculty members directly to obtain information about the possibility of working in their laboratory for the summer.
   

Benefits: 

Students receive a stipend determined by the specific program they enter (ranging from $2,000-$4,000). Some programs provide housing supplements.

   

Major(s): 

Biological Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Chemistry

   

GPA: 

3.0

   
Year In School at 
start of program: 
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
   
Employment 
 Eligibility: 
Has Citizenship
Has Permanent Residence
Has Work Permit
Other: 
   

Required 
Documents: 

Resume
Personal Statement
Letters of Recommendation
Other: Transcripts
 

Contact: 

Ms. Karen Gieg
Vanderbilt University, Department of Pharmacology
451 Preston Research Building
Nashville, TN 37232-6600
Phone: (615) 322-1182     Fax: (615) 936-3910
Email: karen.gieg@mcmail.vanderbilt.edu

 

Program Website: 

http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=pharmacology&doc=3656
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