CLIMB UP Summer Research

CLIMB UP 2023 students.

CLIMB UP (Undergraduate Program) for Summer Research is an interdisciplinary, 9-week long summer research experience for undergraduates to conduct research in the biomedical, behavorial, and health sciences. Additionally, CLIMB UP provides research mentoring and career and professional development tailored to the goals of each of our students in the program. Students explore graduate and career opportunities, discuss and present their research, network, and participate in social activities.



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CLIMB UP Benefits

  • Research. Get hands-on research experience during the 9-week program with a participating faculty member whose interests are complimentary to your own. The summer will culminate with you and your peers presenting your work at the Summer Research Day.
  •  Laboratory Skills Training. During the first week, students participate in the Introduction to Laboratory Skills. This includes Laboratory Safety Training, Responsible Conduct of Research, and other essential skills needed to conduct their summer research.
  • Mentoring. 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.
  • Stipend. Funds are provided for all accepted students. 
  • Housing and Travel. Housing and travel are provided to students who live 50 miles outside of Buffalo, NY.
  • Weekly Workshops. CLIMB UP's Bio-STEM Scientific Discovery Series introduces students to research fields available at UB. Faculty from various departments will present an overview of their laboratory work, and will describe their career paths to show students the variety of options they can acheive with their degree.
  • Networking. Learn more about fellowship and scholarship opportunities as well as building lasting connections with mentors and other students.
  • Fun! Take full advantage of the beautiful Buffalo summers with social events! Explore Buffalo, participate in our events and enjoy your time in between research!

Important Dates

Application Opens:

  • End of November

Application Deadline:

  • February 16, 2024

Acceptance Notification:

  • Rolling Admission; Review Committee begins selection in 2024

Program Dates:

  • May 31, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Application Materials

1. Transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)

2. Resume or CV

3. Personal Statement (two pages or less)

4. Two Letters of Recommendation (academic or research reference preferred)

*We encourage applications from students from underrepresented, disadvantaged, non-traditional or first-generation college backgrounds or those who attend schools with limited research opportunities.


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled at a four-year undergraduate institution
  • Completed, at minimum, the first year of undergraduate education
  • Some level of previous undergraduate research (optional)