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CLIMB UP Program Overview

You will get hands-on laboratory experience and work on your own project in our summer research program.

CLIMB UP for Summer Research is perfect for undergraduates who want research experience in the biomedical and health sciences.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2016 (application will be open from November 2015 through February 1, 2016).

Program Dates

May 26, 2015 - August 1, 2015 (10 weeks)

(Students should arrive in Buffalo on Tuesday May 26th. Program activities begin Wednesday May 27th. The official end date of the program is Friday, July 31st. Students can move out of housing the evening of July 31st or Saturday August 1st.) 


The CLIMB-UP Summer Research Program will match you with a participating faculty mentor whose interests are complementary to your own. You will work on your own research project and get hands-on experience during the 10-week program. The summer will culminate with you and your peers presenting your work at the Summer Research Day with students from other UB summer research programs.

Laboratory Skills Training

During the first week in the program, students attend the Introduction to Laboratory Skills course, taught by Dr. David Shubert and Ms. Deborah Timineri, Instructional Support Associate. Students learn essential skills and important laboratory safety protocols to conduct their summer research.


In addition to your faculty mentor, you will receive mentoring and guidance from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and the CLIMB leadership to ensure you have a productive and fulfilling summer. They will work with you on your research project, help you prepare your presentations, and provide insight on careers in science. Being part of CLIMB-UP could be the start of lifelong friendships and mentor relationships.

Stipend and Housing

Funds are available to provide a living stipend (room and board plus incidentals, paid biweekly) for a limited number of students. Housing is provided for students who live outside Buffalo.

Funding is provided by:

*US citizens or permanent residents only; unfortunately we are unable to offer stipends to students who do not fit these criteria.


We know it's important to take full advantage of the beautiful Buffalo summers. Events include a trip to Niagara Falls, the annual program picnic, a buffalo chicken wing social gathering, and more.

Other Highlights

  • Orientation and Laboratory Safety Training Course
  • Weekly Workshops
  • Visits to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Learning about fellowship/scholarship opportunities
  • Lasting friendships and mentoring relationships