Skip to main content


SHARP is a program for underrepresented students (Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Hispanic (includes Filipinos), African Americans, Native Americans and Alaskans, students with disabilities, Pell grant eligible), who are interested in pursuing a PhD in biomedical research or biobehavioral health. Check out some of the benefits of SHARP.


  • Year-round paid position as student researchers
  • One-on-one mentoring by faculty members from a variety of disciplines
  • Engage in professional development seminars and classes
  • Paid travels to national research conferences
  • Paid summer research projects
  • Prep for graduate school & careers in biomedical sciences

Academic Development

  • Enrollment in two SHARP courses
    • IS400: Introduction to Research
    • IS600: Research Seminar
  • Participation in SHARP Symposium
  • Supervised laboratory research hours

Research Opportunities

  • One-on-one mentoring by faculty researchers
  • Mentoring by faculty members from a variety of disciplines
  • Paid research fellowship
  • Paid travels to present research at national or international conferences

Professional Training

  • Graduate school prep through Futures Group
  • Visiting Scholar lectures
  • Seminars covering a variety of topics
  • Training for conference presentation & etiquette

Conference Participation

  • Transportation (round trip airfare and other conference-related ground transportation)
  • Hotel (shared room, if possible, will be required)
  • Per diem (daily flat rate for food when not provided by conference)
  • Conference registration fees


  • Year-round paid research assistantship
  • Competitive wages
  • Undergrads Weekly Hours: 15 hrs /wk – Fall & Spring terms; 40 hrs/wk – Summer
  • PhD Weekly Hours: 20 hrs/wk – Fall & Spring terms; 40 hrs/wk – Summer

Quick Links: Eligibility Requirements | Research Projects | Apply Now