KURE Summer Program (Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience)

A Unique summer research opportunity is available for University of Evansville Life Science's students. Under the direction of University of Evansville alumni Dr. Jennifer Pollock, PhD Professor and Director Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology University of Alabama at Birmingham. This program was originally developed by both Drs. Jennifer and David Pollock, Evansville Alumni as a collaborative activity between the Office of Alumni and Engagement, the UE Science Advisory Council, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, and Center for Career Development. Since beginning with just one Evansville student, UAB KURE has become an NIH Funded R25 Summer Research Experience in Kidney 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.


Approximately 8 weeks


$3,500, 40 hours per week. Financial support is provided by: UAB KURE R25 DK 115353 - in partnership with: NIH U54 DK126087 UAB Childhood Cystic Kidney Disease Core Center (UAB-CCKDCC)


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


Students will be paired with a faculty mentor on a project that is supported by on-going NIH or related grants. Projects will be associated with the area of kidney-relevant research with an emphasis on hypertension, diabetes, physiology, and kidney transplant. Methodological approaches include a full range of molecular, biochemical, and cell biology approaches, in vitro tissue perfusion and function techniques, as well as 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 emailing: Dr. Jennifer Pollock or Rena Becker.

For additional information and to complete the online application.

Apply Online

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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