Institutional Short-Term Research Training for Students of Diversity

Director

Horazdovsky, Bruce F. Ph.D.

Summary

The goal of the Institutional Short-Term Research Training for Students of Diversity program at Mayo Clinic, supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is to offer research opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and others who are underrepresented in biomedical research so that they will contribute to a diverse biomedical research community.

Students participate in an eight- to 10-week summer experience, during which the program provides a clear view of the excitement and rewards associated with research through:

  • Dynamic research experiences under the guidance of a skilled mentor working in an area of cardiovascular, pulmonary or hematologic research
  • Exposure to a wide array of research areas — both basic science and patient oriented — through weekly scientific seminars designed for advanced undergraduates and beginning medical students
  • Resources and encouragement to continue a career path in biomedical research by showing trainees the direct applicability of such research to human disease and the power of multidisciplinary research teams
  • Broad-focused career development group activities
  • Individual career counseling
  • Access to diverse researcher role models
  • Discussion of the reasons why trainees may choose to integrate research into their careers

Position availability

There are 17 positions awarded to the Institutional Short-Term Research Training for Students of Diversity program a year. The number of open positions varies.

Eligibility

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the sophomore or junior year at a college or university in the United States
  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or an M.D.-Ph.D.

Appointees to the Institutional Short-Term Research Training for Students of Diversity program must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or must have been legally admitted as a permanent resident. However, additional appointments for international students that are not grant funded are available.

How to apply

Interested students may apply for the Institutional Short-Term Research Training for Students of Diversity program through Mayo Clinic's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) or Summer Research Fellowship.

Faculty

  1. Ackerman, Michael J. M.D., Ph.D.
  2. Ashrani, Aneel A. M.D., M.S.
  3. Balls-Berry, Joyce (Joy) E. Ph.D.
  4. Bielinski, Suzette J. Ph.D., M.Ed.
  5. Ekker, Stephen C. Ph.D.
  6. Johnson, Bruce D. Ph.D.
  7. Joyner, Michael J. M.D.
  8. Kallmes, David F. M.D.
  9. Katusic, Zvonimir S. M.D., Ph.D.
  10. Kita, Hirohito M.D.
  11. Kullo, Iftikhar J. M.D.
  12. Kumar, Shaji M.D.
  13. Lerman, Lilach O. M.D., Ph.D.
  14. Lopez-Jimenez, Francisco M.D.
  15. Mantilla, Carlos B. M.D., Ph.D.
  16. Melduni, Rowlens M. M.D., M.P.H.
  17. Misra, Sanjay M.D.
  18. Nelson, Timothy J. M.D., Ph.D.
  19. Nkomo, Vuyisile T. M.D., M.P.H.
  20. Olson, Thomas P. Ph.D., M.S.
  21. Pabelick, Christina M. M.D.
  22. Prakash, Y. S. M.D., Ph.D.
  23. Qian, Qi M.D.
  24. Rodriguez-Porcel, Martin G. M.D.
  25. Smith, David I. Ph.D.
  26. Somers, Virend M.D., Ph.D.
  27. Villarraga, Hector R. M.D.