The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) provides undergraduates interested in basic or clinical research an opportunity to work with an established faculty researcher at various institutes, including the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, among others.
Since 1981, LFM provided college students with the unique opportunity to partner with accomplished researchers at local institutions working on lupus-related autoimmune research. Fellows execute experiments, perform literature searches and conduct corresponding research in tandem with the principal investigator.
The goal of the project is to inspire a new generation of researchers committed to discovering better treatments and a cure. To date, support from individual donors has provided more than 120 fellows with the opportunity to work on vital research efforts aimed at improved detection, treatment and a cure.
Applications for fellowships are submitted to the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota in early spring. For specific dates and requirements, please see the 2014 Student Research Fellowship Application — MS Word or PDF.
Fellowships then begin in June and conclude in mid-August, when the fellows complete a final report, which addresses the initial project proposal and research question, and provide a brief public presentation of their research to program colleagues, board members and staff of LFM, supporters, friends and the general public. Placement opportunities for the summer of 2014 are available here.