Program Overview

About the Program

The Mercer Undergraduate Biomedical Scholar (MUBS) Training Initiative is intended to provide well-qualified undergraduates intending to pursue graduate careers in the biomedical sciences with the opportunity to participate early in hypothesis-driven research. For 10 weeks during the summer, students will work full time with a faculty mentor from the Departments of Biology or Chemistry, the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, or the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In addition to laboratory research, periodic meetings are held with the research faculty at Mercer University and MUBS participants to expose students to the broad range of research topics that encompass “biomedical research.” Students will also give a campus-wide research seminar on the work they accomplish over the summer as part of the Summer Student Research Seminar Series, which occurs in the Fall semester.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 24, 2019

Program Dates: May 20 - July 26, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled at Mercer University.  Successful applicants will have strong academic records with cumulative and math/science GPA's above 3.0. Previous experience performing independent laboratory research is not required but highly recommended. Due to the full-time nature of the research work to be performed, students are not permitted to take summer classes while participating in the program.

Educational Training Stipend

Your payment for this period of time will be $3500. These funds will be paid as a taxable stipend. Housing for this program will be provided through campus residence halls as for any summer school student. If you choose to find your own housing in Macon or Atlanta, there will be no reimbursement of those housing costs.  If you are interested in working in Savannah, we do not have any housing options for this campus.

General Terms

As a participant in MUBS, you will be expected to keep full-time hours (40 per week). The exact time-in and time-out will be decided by your faculty mentor. The primary assignment will be to advance the goals of the research being conducted in your mentor's lab. Participating students are also prohibited from taking summer courses. This ensures there will be no conflicts with the duties you are required to fulfill in the laboratory.

Application Procedure

The online application should be completed by the application deadline.  If you wish to complete a paper application instead, please see Dr. Kevin Bucholtz in GSC 425 for assistance.

Application Link

Additional questions may be directed to Dr. Kevin Bucholtz, CLA, Department of Chemistry, GSC 425 (