The Society for Developmental Biology is offering a 10-week summer research program

The Society for Developmental Biology is offering a 10-week summer research program that students from underrepresented backgrounds (and their faculty mentors) can apply for.

Applications are open for the 2022 Choose Development! Summer Undergraduate Research Program organized and funded by the Society for Developmental Biology. We are excited to announce that SDB was awarded an NIH R25 grant this year to fund Choose Development! through 2025!

Choose Development! is a 10-week summer program that aims to diversify the field of developmental biology by providing research training for undergraduates interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in developmental biology and related fields of biomedical research. Applicants must be from underrepresented populations, including first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities, and must be United States or Canadian nationals or permanent residents residing within the United States or Canada

We believe our program stands out among others because we take a holistic approach to mentoring young scientists.

Program Highlights

  • 10 weeks of summer research in SDB member lab
  • $5500 stipend, some travel/living assistance provided
  • Weekly virtual meetings with leaders in the field
  • Individually tailored colleague networks developed based on fellow’s interests
  • Opportunity for 2 summers of research
  • Present 2022 summer research at 2023 SDB annual meeting

Check out this Intro to Choose Development!

Developmental biology faculty who wish to mentor a Choose Development! Fellow in their lab should apply. Mentors must be current SDB members. If you already have an undergraduate in your lab who fits the criteria for Choose Development! you can apply together for the program.

Fellow Application:

Mentor Application:

Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Questions may be directed to with subject title ‘Choose Development!’


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