University of Illinois Short-Term Research Training Program (SRTP) provides first year medical students with an 8-week mentored research experience in the mission areas of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The program is based at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, which is the third largest medical school in the U.S. and has one of the most diverse student populations in terms of African American and Latino enrollment. The proposed program brings together an outstanding team of established and emerging mentors with expertise in basic/mechanistic, clinical/translational, and behavioral/community-based research spanning NIDDK mission areas. In addition to mentored research, students will participate in an interactive structured curriculum focused on research methodology, responsible conduct of research, and career development. To learn principles of rigor and reproducibility and develop presentation skills, students will co-lead, with a research mentor, works-in-progress seminars and journal club sessions. Students will receive a summer stipend as dictated by the NIH (see https://researchtraining.nih.gov/resources/policy-notices). Though the program lasts 8 weeks, the SRTP will foster continued research involvement after the program ends.