What is CLIMB UP?

2022 CLIMB UP Scholars.

2022 CLIMB UP Scholars 

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


The CLIMB UP divisions and their interdisciplinary programs are detailed below.

CLIMB UP Subdivisions

CLIMB PRO - CLIMB Professional (PRO) is intended for students interested in pursuing a medical degree or MD/PhD degree.

iSEED - The Institute for the Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED) summer program is intended for an interdisciplinary cohort of students interested in careers in medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy,  nursing, public health, and engineering. The program is focused on excellence in education, engagement in research, mentoring, and enhancement of professional development central to the UB mission.

ASPET SURF - These students participate in  research to prepare for advanced graduate degrees and future careers in pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences, and related disciplines.

Individual Funding – from the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTSI), Marc Program, Rise Program, Jackson Heart Study, BUILD program, and other sources


Program Dates

2024 Dates TBD (9 weeks)

(Students should arrive in Buffalo. Program activities begin Wednesday).

Eligibility Statement

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Completed, at minimum, the first year of undergraduate education
  • Some level of previous undergraduate research (recommended)


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 guided tour at a nature park, 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