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UH-DRUG Program

The UH DDI Research for UnderGrads (UH-DRUG) Summer Program

UH-DRUG provides transdisciplinary summer research experience focused on drug discovery and development and translatable skills that prepares participants for future careers in biomedical research. Up to five fellowships will be awarded to rising UH sophomores, juniors and seniors to participate in a focused, full-time, 10-week research experience under the direction of UH faculty. Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend. This fellowship is open to UH students of all disciplines relevant to drug discovery and development. All Drug Discovery Institute faculty members are eligible to participate as faculty sponsors.

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Key Dates

Applications Open Tuesday February 1, 2022
Application and Recommendation Letter Deadline Friday March 11, 2022
Applicants Notified April, 2022
Program Start Tuesday May 31, 2022
Program End Friday August 5, 2022


  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, from disciplines relevant to drug discovery and development
  • Students enrolled in any graduate or professional program are not eligible
  • All DDI Faculty are eligible to mentor a UH DRUG Summer Program student

Application Process

Students must submit the completed application to by Friday, March 11, 2022, which includes:

  • Statement of Research objectives and goals not to exceed 500 words (including references)
  • Two Short Answer Questions about your academic and research experience
  • Name of the UH Faculty Mentor/Sponsor who will be providing a letter of recommendation (This is the faculty member who the student is applying to conduct research with.)

The statement of research should:

  • Be composed in consultation with the faculty sponsor
  • Discuss the relative importance of the proposed research and how it relates to drug discovery and development
  • State the specific tasks to be accomplished during the summer program
  • Define the scope and goals of the proposed research

The UH faculty mentor letter of recommendation should:

  • Describe the student's qualifications
  • Identify the area of research in which the mentor will engage the student
  • Describe the faculty member's role as mentor to the student, including a description of how the proposed research relates to their on-going research
  • Be emailed to by the application deadline

Working with Human Subjects: If your research proposal includes working with human subjects, then you must receive approval from the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiating your research. Please reference the University's IRB policy before submitting your research proposal.

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Full-time participation in 10-week program

  • It is assumed that students will not take a summer course
  • Participate in UH-DRUG programming
  • Complete online survey, which is due on August 5
  • Present an oral presentation at the End of Summer Celebration

Please contact if you have any questions or if you require additional information.