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Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program


Program Overview

The Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program (RaMP) is a pre-approved honors experience geared towards first- and second-year UHP students interested in gaining research experience. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows mentor undergraduate UHP students in their research labs. The graduate student and post-doctoral fellow mentors are typically from the UC College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. 

Students in this program generally have interest in careers in biomedical research and/or entering PhD, MD, or MD/PhD programs in biomedical fields, though it is not required for participation to major in a STEMM field. 

Placements typically require 8-15 hours in the lab per week (this will vary by lab) in spring semester. Schedules are flexible and to be agreed upon with research mentor. Some students may continue in their labs in the summer immediately following, but this continuation is not guaranteed. 

There is no funding provided by the UHP to students for engagement in this program. These are in-person lab experiences unless specifically stated.

Program goals

  • To provide first- and second-year undergraduate University Honors students with training and experience in high-level biomedical research. See here for list of recent RaMP students with publications!

  • To enable UCCOM and CCHMC graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to develop mentoring skills.

Students are encouraged to establish a 1-2 year commitment to be trained by the lab and to participate in research under the guidance of the mentor. However, continued placement is not guaranteed. 

Research Project Descriptions  

Spring 2021 research project descriptions will be uploaded in the coming weeks, as we receive more detials from the mentors. Please check back frequently before the application opens on October 30. 

The PowerPoint presentation for the fall 2020 Meet and Greet Mentor Presentations will be uploaded after the event on October 30. This will continue to be updated as we receive updates from the mentors. 

Students at Final Presentations
Students from the 2017 RaMP cohort.

How to Apply

The application and matching process occurs in the fall semester (October/November) and research placements occur in the spring semester (January - April).

The 2020-21 application will open on October 30, 2020 and is due by 11:59pm on November 8, 2020. All University Honors students are eligible to apply; first- and second-year students are especially encouraged to apply.

Students may apply to no more than five projects. A separate application must be submitted for each.

Access the Biomedical RaMP application beginning October 30 at 5:00pm. Early applications will be deleted.

Information Sessions

Students who would like to learn more before deciding to apply can attend a virtual information session, held on October 15th from 5:00-6:00pm via WebEx. This session is not mandatory, but attending one is strongly encouraged.

Meet and Greet Presentations: Friday, October 30 at 3:00pm. These will be a series of virtual presentations using WebEx.

Learn about each research project and meet the research mentors. Student applicants should plan to attend the Meet and GreetResearch mentors will share information on their projects to help you decide which you might apply to. Applications will open immediately following these presentations.

Join the virtual presentations LIVE through this link

Application Assistance

If you require assistance with your application, please email Kyle Key at in order to address your questions and/or set up a time to meet.

Matching and Participation

Students must confirm their commitment to a lab in writing (via email to and copying their mentor) in order for a match to be official. This must take place no later than 5pm on November 19.

To fulfill the requirements for a pre-approved honors experience, participating students will be required to attend an Orientation (dates TBD), three professional development seminars (one per month) throughout the spring semester, and a final presentation at the Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase in April 2021 (or virutal equivalent during the same month).  Students must also showcase the experience in their learning portfolios within a month of completion.