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This is a poster from the 2009 Experimental Biology meeting held in New Orleans, LA from April 18-22. The APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF) program seeks to excite and encourage undergraduate (UG) students worldwide to pursue a career as a basic research scientist. The program has five objectives: develop a research project, collect/analyze data, write up results; give a presentation on results at a scientific meeting; attend a national meeting; commit to a research career; and enroll in a graduate/professional program in basic biomedical research. since the UGSRF program began in 2000, 109 undergraduates have participated. Most students (92%) attended EB and made 99 presentations, with some students having more than one abstract or presentation. Over 35% of the students published a paper on their APS-funded research. From surveys 2 years post-fellowship, 85% of the UGSRFs had graduated. Of these, 46% applied to graduate school (PhD or Master's) and 74% were accepted. At the time of the survey, most (78%) were already enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. In 2007 and 2008, the program added an online interactive component where UGSRFs discussed professional networking, structure of research studies, and career options in biomedicine. Results indicate the online interaction provided a powerful medium for UG students to explore critical professional development topics.
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