Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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Degenerative Retinal Disease Research

Summer 2017

Carolyn Dunlap : Molecular & Cell Biology

Mentor: John Flannery, Helen Wills Institute of Neuroscience

This summer I am working with Cecile Fortuny in the Flannery lab to better understand retinal disease. This summer project is a continuation of the work we have been doing throughout the year to understand how degenerative retinal diseases function and try and model the diseases in mice so that future research and treatment can be conducted. We are also working on designing ways for the treatment of these diseases to be possible and more effective.

Message to Sponsor:

I am honored to have this opportunity to be able to continue working on this project and really get to dive into research for an extended period of time and see the results of my efforts. In the future I hope to conduct research of my own, so I am using this opportunity to really understand the career path I want to pursue and acquire the tools I need to pursue it.