NIH Undergraduate Scholarship/Summer Research/Pay-back Program-Undergraduate- Deadline 2/28/09

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The deadline for receipt of complete applications is February 28,
2009.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from
disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical,
behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program
offers:

* Scholarship support
* Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
* Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation

Scholarship Support
The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition,
educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship
recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up
to 4 years.

Research Training at the NIH
For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two
NIH service obligations. The obligations themselves are benefits of
the UGSP—providing you with invaluable research training and
experience at the NIH.

1) 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience. After each year of
scholarship support, you will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer
research employee in an NIH research laboratory. This employment
occurs after the receipt of the scholarship award. Each scholar will
be assigned to an NIH researcher and an NIH postdoctoral fellow, who
will serve as mentors. You will also attend formal seminars and
participate in a variety of programs.

2) Employment at the NIH after Graduation. After graduation, you will
continue your training as a full-time employee in an NIH research
laboratory. You must serve 1 year of full-time employment for each
year of scholarship.

Scholarship Requirements
The NIH Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis
to students who show a commitment to pursuing careers in biomedical,
behavioral, and social science health-related research. The following
are the basic requirements:

* U.S. citizen, national, or qualified noncitizen. (See below for
more information.)
* Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student for
the 2008-2009 academic year at an accredited, 4-year undergraduate
institution.
* From a disadvantaged background. Disadvantaged background means
that your financial aid office has certified you as having
“exceptional financial need.” (See below for more information.)
* 3.5 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or within the top 5 percent
of your class.

How do I apply?
We encourage students to apply online at http://www.ugsp.nih.gov. In
addition to our online application, this Web site contains detailed
information on the UGSP, as well as downloadable application forms.

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