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  • Locations: Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission 06/16/2019 08/24/2019
NOTE: Students will leave the US on Saturday, June 15, 2019 to arrive in London, England on Sunday, June 16, 2019 and make their way to Churchill College in Cambridge by bus/train.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Juniors and exceptional Sophomores
Area of Study: All STEM Majors Term: Summer
Housing Options: On Campus Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Credits: 6
Program Description:

Cambridge Undergraduate Scholars Program

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The annual Cambridge Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP) is conducted under collaboration with the University of Cambridge in UK. From summer 2018, we expect to extend it to Oxford University and the nearby unit of Medical Research Council. 

The program is conducted under the leadership of Dr. Satpal Singh from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has trained well over a hundred undergraduate students in research in his laboratory at UB, and has been awarded the President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring. He will coordinate with the host laboratories at the above institutions to enhance the students’ research experience, and will participate in their mentoring during their stay there. 

Under the program, we take selected UB students to Cambridge. Each of these students conducts research in the laboratory of a University of Cambridge professor for 10 weeks. Cambridge professors and the UB students are both involved in finalizing individual lab assignments. 
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This innovative10-week program features a personalized matching process between students and research mentors. Both the faculty mentors at the host institution and the selected UB students are involved in finalizing laboratory assignments for each individual student.
In addition to laboratory work, students participate in experiential learning opportunities including facilitated visits to area’s iconic academic and cultural institutions, participation in presentations and events, and formalized communication with program director, all culminating in a project report and presentation to both the Cambridge and the UB communities.
The program is competitive and relies on direct applications from students as well as nominations by faculty mentors. Prior research experience is needed. We are looking for juniors, but exceptionally competent sophomores with prior research experience may be considered.  
The program is open to UB students with research experience in all STEM fields. At Cambridge, the students participate in research in an area at the forefront of biomedical and biological research. We included projects in computer science in summer 2017, and hope to further extend the spectrum of available projects in summer 2018. Given sufficient interest, we can extend the reach of the program beyond STEM fields in subsequent years.
As examples, projects available in 2015 - 2017 included those on functional genomics, computational genomics, stem cells mediated repair, gene expression, development, neurodegenerative disorders, cell polarity, cell cycle, thermotransduction, calcium signaling, antibiotic resistance, mammalian evolution, anti-predator defenses, chromosome biology, and mobile systems and applications. In addition, the selected students are encouraged to suggest specific laboratories at Cambridge or Oxford where they would like to pursue research, and we can approach those laboratories on behalf of the students.
In addition to providing world-class research experience, the program opens up opportunities for our students to pursue graduate research at these and other prominent institutions. The Cambridge professors who host UB students hold our program in very high esteem. 
For the students who participated in the program in the last three summers, their training has been a completely transformative experience for them. In addition, they have gone on to add many accolades to their profiles. These include selection to the Cambridge PhD program, nomination for Rhodes Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship and Fulbright Scholarship, winning Christopher Peterson Award, winning SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and landing a highly coveted 3-year research position at the National Institutes of Health.   

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer. Students participating in the University of Oxford program will need to plan an additional approximately $1,750 for housing.   

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Satpal Singh

This program is currently not accepting applications.