Seventy-five under-represented (UR) undergraduates (15/yr) from a nationwide pool of ~100 UR applicants/yr will spend 9 weeks in a summer research career development program at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Students will be matched with faculty mentors and become functioning members of laboratories that conduct heart, lung or blood research. The lab activities will be supplemented by tour of the DeBakey Museum and lab tours specific to the STREPIDHR; seminars; GRE prep; a reception with UR PhD students, post-docs, faculty; discussions with two African Americans physician/scientists (an MD cardiologist protecting hearts against chemotherapy and a pediatric cardiologist MD/PhD); options for clinical and career development activities. Some activities will be held jointly with the SMART Program that includes 80 undergraduates from across the US. We will mine data from previous NHLBI supported projects and writing scholarly papers about program outcomes. One paper has recently been submitted on career outcomes of participants.

Public Health Relevance

This summer research program will involve under-represented undergraduates to frontier level cardiac, circulatory, lung and blood research at Baylor College of Medicine. Trainees will be full participants in the SMART Program that offers arrange of educational activities to inspire and prepare students for biomedical research careers.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Type
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
5R25HL108853-07
Application #
9412867
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHL1)
Program Officer
Fine, Larry
Project Start
2011-06-15
Project End
2022-03-31
Budget Start
2018-04-01
Budget End
2019-03-31
Support Year
7
Fiscal Year
2018
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Baylor College of Medicine
Department
Anatomy/Cell Biology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
051113330
City
Houston
State
TX
Country
United States
Zip Code
77030
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