NIH NIDDK Programs

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) has several programs to encourage undergraduate and graduate students from under-represented ethnic minority backgrounds to enter the fields of medicine and biomedical research. The following programs are described briefly. Please visit the Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education program website, for further information: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/wwami/programs/niddk.cfm

NIH NIDDK Undergraduate STEP-UP Program
Participants travel to the NIH campus in Maryland for an initial training and then return to Alaska where they are paired with a University of Alaska researcher and complete a ten-week mentored research project. Alaskan undergraduate students who have completed their first year of college and who are Alaska Native or other under-represented ethnic minority background are eligible to apply. Students should apply directly to the NIH NIDDK at the NIH website. Students who wish to work in a UAA laboratory should also contact Dr. Ian van Tets (afivt@uaa.alaska.edu or (907) 786-4705) so he can arrange a mentorship for them in a timely manner.

NIH NIDDK Intramural Internships
Participants complete a ten-week mentored research program at an NIH research hospital on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Alaska Native and American Indian students can also apply for internships at the NIH NIDDK research facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Alaska students from Alaska Native or other under-represented ethnic minority background who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply. Interested students should contact Ms. Winnie Martinez (martinezw@mail.nih.gov), the program coordinator, directly.

NIH NIDDK Pacific Island/Alaska Native Undergraduate Summer Internship Program (PI/AN SIP)
Participants travel to the NIH campus in Maryland for an initial training and then return to Alaska where they are paired with a University of Alaska researcher and complete a ten-week mentored research project on any UA campus. At the end of the program, students return to Maryland to attend a national research conference and to present their research project results.  Alaska Native or American Indian students who have completed at least three years of their undergraduate degree program are eligible to apply for this summer internship. Interested students should apply directly to Dr. Ian van Tets: afivt@uaa.alaska.edu (907) 786-4705.

Note: The National Institutes of Health also have programs for Graduate and Medical students.

For more information on these programs, contact:
Dr. Ian van Tets, Director
NIH NIDDK Summer Programs
UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education
3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-4789
Fax: (907) 786-4700
Email: wwami@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/wwami/programs/niddk.cfm