Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

Director: Robert Rivers

Contact: Gail Matters
P: (717) 566-4790


Year Program Started: 2007

Max. Participants/Year: 75

Application Deadline: February 1st

Program Timeframe: Late May to the first week in August

Academic Level Targeted: college

Racial/Ethnic Focus: African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Other Hispanic

Type of Program: research, internship/fellowship, career/academic planning

Program Attributes: non-credit, transportation provided, stipend provided, mentors/advisors provided

Program Acceptance Requirements: matriculation at this school (GPA of 3.0 or above), class year (Completed one year of college), area of residence (Nationwide)

Primary Science Discipline(s) Targeted: biochemistry, biology, bio (cellular), bio (molecular), biophysics, biotechnology, chemistry, epidemiology, engineering, engineering (biomed), genetics, pre-medicine, pharmacology, public health, science (biomed), science (social, behavioral), science (health), statistics/biometrics/biostatistics

Additional Comments: The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition and kidney diseases.