“Explore your Future Career while Discovering the World of Research”

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program(UROP) at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor offers a 10 week paid Summer Research Fellowship.

The Women and Gender Summer Fellowship Program (WAGSFP) provides a stipend for U-M students to conduct cutting edge research with a University of Michigan faculty member for 10 weeks. The community of scholars who participate in WAGSFP will also engage in programming throughout the summer in addition to their research. Students will participate in seminars to learn more about current and emerging research in women and gender studies, read and share articles related to research in women and gender studies, learn how to publish their research and engage in other professional development activities. At the end of the 10 weeks, fellows are required to present their research project at the UROP Summer Research Symposium.

Projects are welcome in a wide variety of areas including: women’s cancers (ovarian, endometrial, etc.), gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, immigration and citizenship, and social activism. Research projects can be in any field or discipline including laboratory and clinical research studies related to maternal health, genetic research related to diseases affecting women such as breast and ovarian cancer, genetic screening, health care disparities related to women or LGBTQ populations, women and gender studies including work in history, American culture, global studies, anthropology, psychology, political science, public policy, economics, literature, etc. WAGSFP Fellows are matched with a project in our database (submitted by UM faculty, research scientists, and postdoctoral fellows) according to their interests.

As part of the WAGSFP experiences, students will be required to complete blog entries throughout the summer. Blog entries will be prompted assignments completed throughout the duration of the fellowship.

Previous Women and Gender Summer Fellowship Program research projects:

“Identifying Learning Outcomes for a Reproductive Justice Curriculum for physicia”

“University Responses to Sexual Assault on Campus”

“Social Position, Childbearing, Contraceptive Use, and the Economy”

“Biomaterials for fertility preservation”

“Three-dimensional ovarian follicle culture”

“Parental Decision Making For Children Born With Disorders of Sex Development”

“Using the Web to Enhance Healthcare in Differences of Sex Development”

“Assisted Reproduction for HIV-Affected Couples in Kenya: Current Practices”

“Community-based Sexual Health Project in Detroit”

“Estrogen and Human Affective, Behavioral, and Cognitive Sex Differences”

“Women of Color and Asthma Control Study”

The program seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women and historically underrepresented students, first generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and veterans.