The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Toxicology (SURE Tox) program at the University of Illinois will provide high quality research experiences for under-represented minority undergraduate students during the 2021 summer academic break – May 17 thru May 28 for GRE Institute and from May 1-July 30 for the Summer Research Program. The program involves active participation by faculty members from several departments and colleges at the University of Illinois, all of whom have expertise in toxicology and experience training undergraduate students. The program also interacts with the Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Health and Toxicology. Students will receive $4000 stipend plus $1000 remote living stipend and $150 for student technology expenses.
The training program will accept 7-8 under-represented minority, undergraduate students per year who will spend 10 weeks over the summer in the program. The specific goals of the program are to: 1) match participants with faculty and peer mentors who will direct the student to complete a hypothesis-driven project in the field of toxicology, 2) help each student learn laboratory techniques and research skills, 3) provide didactic training on animal use in research, the responsible conduct of research (e.g., research misconduct, mentor-trainee relationships, and data management), and use of the electronic library, 4) train students to prepare scientific posters and talks and to present their work at scientific meetings, 5) provide networking opportunities for students to meet other students and faculty members in research, and 6) provide students with information on careers in toxicology, and 7) provide each participant the opportunity to participate in GRE Institute workshops to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam. At the conclusion of the program, each student will present her/his work at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium held on campus. This training program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students, particularly under-represented minority students, to obtain training and research experience in the field of toxicology at a research intensive university with outstanding toxicology programs.