Summer Research Program

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The CSTEP Summer Research Program is an 8.5-week program that offers an intensive research experience and the skills you need as you pursue your profession or graduate school. It is designed to benefit talented students who are in serious pursuit of advanced degrees in STEM and the allied health professions, where there is a critical shortage of underrepresented students.


The 8.5-week Summer Research Program takes place annually from May through July. Participants are immersed in the intense culture of research, cultivating their skills while diving deep into their chosen subject with the support and guidance of a faculty mentor.

At the end of the program, participants present their research at the Annual Research Symposium to an audience of their peers, faculty and the university community. Summer Research Program students also present at the UB Undergraduate Research Conference to their peers from around the state and nation.

What to Expect (Program Requirements)

Research interns work a minimum of 30 hours per week and are expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Mandatory attendance at orientation, research seminar, workshops, field trips and other events.
  • Participation in oral presentations, the Annual Research Symposium and UB Undergraduate Research Conference.
  • Completion of all assignments given by research mentor.
  • Submission of biweekly timesheets to CSTEP office.


  • Must be U.S citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be underrepresented or economically disadvantaged.
  • Must be a sophomore with two semesters of science coursework.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.8 GPA.
  • Must be pursuing a New York State licensed health profession in nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, pharmacy or be in a STEM field.
  • Must have a history of academic excellence and interest in research.

Benefits and Opportunities

When you participate in the CSTEP Summer Research Program, you undertake an in-depth research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. You’ll form meaningful relationships with mentors and fellow students; round out your experience with workshops, community service and field trips, and the for-credit Research Methods Seminar; and find your place in a community of future STEM and licensed professionals. All participants receive a $3,400 stipend and meal allowance. Students may elect to stay on or off campus. Those who stay on campus will have their housing costs deducted from their stipend.

How to Apply

Fill out our application. The following materials are required as part of your application:

  • A personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty, staff and/or advisor.
  • An official college transcript.
  • A resume.
  • A scanned image of your UB Student ID.

Applications are accepted through mid-March.