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CMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Comparative Biomedical Research

The CMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) provides interdisciplinary research training to underserved research-oriented students who have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in the Biomedical field. This program was created to address the national deficiency of diversity in the biomedical workforce. The CMI URF at NC State University aims to contribute to diversifying the pool of students pursuing entry into Ph.D. programs in the biomedical field. Successful candidates will be drawn from academically motivated and disadvantaged students in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. 

The program provides extensive hands-on experience in challenging research projects, along with professional development designed to prepare students to enter into Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences programs. The goal of the CMI URF is to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused Ph.D.

Successful candidates should have a > 3.0 grade point average, a strong showing in the completion of STEM-related coursework, students who display a well-defended desire to pursue interdisciplinary team-oriented undergraduate research, and students who demonstrate a willingness to engage in research professional development practices. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

Students selected for this program are enrolled in the TEAM minor and along with their academic course load are required to engage in 10-12 hours of weekly research. Students’ research engagement should lead to students demonstrating a strong science self-efficacy, at least one scientific publication, and entry into a Ph.D. program in the Biomedical field.


  • Monthly stipend (>$1,000/month)
  • Tuition and fees (some fees are not included)
  • Student health insurance
  • Funding and stipend to support summer research
  • Funding to support domestic conference travel
  • Interdisciplinary mentors and hands-on research mentoring
  • Professional development opportunities

Initial Program Requirements:

Students will be required to enroll in HON 367 – 1cr. (Introduction to Interdisciplinary Biomedical Teamwork) and HON 298 – 3 cr. (Honors Research/Independent Study) during the Spring 2024 semester.

Additional Program Requirements:

Enrollment in the Teamwork in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Minor (16 cr. hour program), maintain a GPA of >3.0, 10-12 per week research engagement, two summer research experiences (one has to be completed at NC State University), participate in professional development activities and participate in required meetings with the program manager and mentors.


Successful candidates should be rising juniors with 2 years (4 semesters) left in undergraduate course of study beyond the 2023-24 academic year.

The application opens in late fall and the 2024 Cohort application deadline is January15, 2024