The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Department of Internal
Medicine has a long history of supporting summer undergraduate research. In addition,
the Department also has a critical mass of investigators with research foci on alcohol
and its influence in vivo and in vitro. These two features of the Department of Internal
Medicine form the backbone of our renewal proposal in support of our highly successful
Summer Undergraduate Alcohol Research Program (SUARP). The objectives of this
renewal application are to:
1) Provide a ten-week research experience for undergraduate students that
continues to create unique enrichment opportunities for students to learn first-
hand what is involved in performing research and to stimulate their interest in
careers in biomedical research.
2) Introduce undergraduate students involved in a summer research program to the
importance and spectrum of research related to alcohol and its consequences on
health, organ and cellular function.
3) Continue to recruit qualified undergraduate minority and disadvantaged students
to a summer undergraduate research experience to encourage their potential
future careers in biomedical research.
To achieve our objectives, we will continue to leverage resources from our existing
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). Comprised of a ten-week
research experience similar to SURP, the SUARP is distinct by including a seminar
series devoted to topics in alcohol research, a journal club for its undergraduate
students, and a newly conceived case-based learning initiative that will capitalize on
technology and e-learning approaches. We have several strategies in place that have
allowed us to successfully recruit underrepresented minority and disadvantaged
students into the SUARP. We will continue to refine our existing short term and long
term evaluation processes to enhance outcomes for the students including increasing
their interests in careers in biomedical research.