Short Term Educational Program (STEP) towards Digestive & Metabolic Physiology

Short Term Educational Program (STEP) towards Digestive and Metabolic Physiology is specifically targeted to students from mathematics, physics engineering, computational sciences and other quantitative backgrounds to encourage them to apply their expertise to research relevant to digestive and metabolic physiology and associated diseases.


Each student is matched, based on their interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty mentor of the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and other departments at the University of Michigan Medical School. This collection of laboratories is involved in nationally recognized research, in topics such as obesity and diabetes, endocrine and metabolic diseases, kidney and urologic diseases, nutrition and weight control.

The funding amount for 2017 will be $4,200, pre-tax, for twelve weeks of full-time work from May 30 to August 18. The start and/or end date of the fellowship may be shifted slightly to accommodate overlap with the academic year at home institutions, if necessary. The laboratory hands-on research experience is complemented by a weekly noon lecture series with presentations on responsible conduct of research, several aspects of digestive and metabolic physiology, and how loss of physiological regulation leads to disease. Students are expected to attend other departmental and university lectures/seminars. Towards the end of the summer fellowship, the students will participate in a mini-symposium in which they give a 10 minute oral presentation of their research findings followed by a question and answer period.

Students who are currently enrolled at any degree granting university or college are eligible to apply.  Preference is given to those students interested in a career in research.  Funding is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


Please visit our Applicant Information page for more information.