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Call for potential mentors! – WashU NIDDK STEP-UP program

On behalf of Ana Maria Arbelaez, MD, MSCIDominic Reeds,MD and Rita Brookheart,PhD 

Mentors needed! We invite you to serve as a potential mentor for the Short Term Research Experience to Unlock Potential (STEP-UP) Program! Sponsored by the NIDDK and under the direction of WashU clinician-researchers,  the STEP-UP program introduces young investigators under-represented in medicine (URiM) to medical research related to nutrition, obesity, diabetes and related disorders (NODR). The ten-week intensive summer program includes, a mentored biomedical research experience, didactic coursework and weekly professional development seminars. 

Experienced researchers are needed to guide STEP-UP students as full-time members of their research team in order for them to:  

  • Gain insight into the infrastructure of research operation 
  • Witness the collaborative process of sharing techniques and implementing new endeavors 
  • Develop critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills 
  • further their research interests and more! 

We encourage, but do not require, students to pursue research within the NIDDK mission areas but they are welcome to explore other research area interests. If you’d like to be considered as a potential WU mentor for the STEP-UP Program, please complete the survey, linked below.

We look forward to potentially working with you! If you have any questions, please contact or Mary Katherine Townsend, STEP-Up Program Coordinator at