KURE Summer Program (Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience)

Through the generosity and investment of UE Alumni, a unique summer research opportunity is available for University of Evansville Life Sciences students. Under the direction of University of Evansville alumni Dr. David M. Pollock, PhD, FAHA, FASN, Professor and Director Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology University of Alabama at Birmingham and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Pollock, Professor and Co-Director Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine Co-Director, Center for Free Radical Biology Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology. This program is a collaborative activity between Alumni and Parent Relations, the UE Science Advisory Council, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Development and Center for Career Development. This ongoing initiative provides a dedicated research opportunity for UE students to explore the field of biomedical research.

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.20 and have completed at least 60 credit hours by the end of the spring semester
  • Preference will be given to students who have completed advanced biology courses with direct biomedical focus such as physiology, developmental biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, or Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Demonstrated interest in nephrology-related biomedical research or medical practice will be preferred

Application Process

Candidates will submit:

  • CV & Unofficial transcript
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Letter of intent with career goals

Finalists must interview with department chair or senior director, Center for Career Development.

Applications accepted from November 27, 2017 to January 19, 2018.

Candidates will submit their completed application package to:

Center for Career Development
2nd Floor Ridgway University Center
career@evansville.edu 812-488-1083


Approximately 8 weeks


TBA, 40 hours per week. Financial support is provided by the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School Foundation and related sources.


Housing is provided; shared apartment style housing with full use kitchen in each unit.


Students will be paired with a PhD student or fellow to work on a project that is supported by on-going NIH or related grants. Projects will be associated to the general area of cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on hypertension, diabetes and renal disease. Methodological approaches include a full range of molecular, biochemical and cell biology approaches, in vitro tissue perfusion and function techniques, and chronic animal models that assess renal and vascular function.

Selection of the specific topic will depend upon the student’s background and interest as well as the current state of research in the mentor’s laboratory as recommended by the Program Director. More information can be obtained from the following David Pollock or Jennifer Pollock.



Photo of KURE Team

Photo of KURE Students

Photo of KURE Students

Photo of KURE Students

Desired goals include co-authorship on an abstract for presentation at a national research conference and eventual co-authorship on a peer reviewed publication. Questions should be directed to the Center for Career Development: career@evansville.edu or 812-488-1083.

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Room 234, Ridgway University Center