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ASPIRE NIH-Funded Summer Cardiovascular Research Fellowship in Milwaukee for Undergraduates from Underrepresented Groups

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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Advancing Student Potential for Inclusion with Research Experiences (ASPIRE) Program in the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has up to 13 paid summer research fellowships available during the summer for undergraduates who belong to underrepresented groups in science and medicine including individuals who belong to racial/ethnic minorities, Hmong, who are differently-abled of any race or ethnicity, and/or who come from a disadvantaged background of any race or ethnicity. For questions about accommodations related to a disability, please contact In addition, the undergraduate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (per NIH requirements), at least 18 years old at the start of the program, must have one year of college credit, and must be enrolled in full-time courses at a college or university in the U.S. or its territories in the Fall.

This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. We are seeking undergraduate students who are interested in STEMM (science, technology, biomedical engineering, and medicine) or biomedical careers for 10 weeks of hands-on experience in cardiovascular research within our laboratories, professional skill building, and seminars focused on STEMM and healthcare career preparation, how to apply to medical school and other allied health programs, and how to navigate graduate and medical school.

In addition to the $6,000 compensation (paid in increments over the summer), we provide free fully-furnished housing accommodations to any participant from outside of the metro Milwaukee area (unless a local participant has a special need for housing). The housing location is across the street from the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center where MCW is located, and is a relatively new structure that features full kitchens with stainless steel appliances, central air, cable/internet and on-site laundry facilities. A free one-time roundtrip airfare to/from the Milwaukee airport or ground transportation is provided by ASPIRE funds to allow students who are located more than four hours from Milwaukee (and originating from a location in the U.S. or its territories) to relocate for the summer to attend the program. A $1,400 stipend is available for ASPIRE participants to attend an optional scientific conference during the following school year.

Undergraduate participants selected for ASPIRE are paired with one of our faculty researchers to contribute to a preexisting project being researched by that faculty member. Prior research experience is not required. Some students will have more "wet lab" experience, working with animals and human blood/tissue, while others will be more focused on data gathering/analyzing. ASPIRE also provides seminars for general professional skill building, 'career chats' focusing on specific graduate school, medical school, and other allied health careers, seminars on how to apply for graduate and medical school, seminars on overcoming challenges and barriers for individuals from underrepresented groups, and networking opportunities through social events throughout the summer. The summer experience culminates with each ASPIRE participant presenting an oral presentation about their cardiovascular research project during an MCW-wide Research Symposium on MCW's campus. After this, ASPIRE participants have until April of the next year to use their $1,400 stipend to attend an optional scientific conference.

Participating Institution(s):
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Medical College of Wisconsin (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Biomedical Engineering
Cellular Biology
Genetics & Genomics
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Sciences
STEM Fields

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology
Chronic Diseases
Health Science
Integrative Biology
Medical Imaging
Medical Laboratory Research
Regenerative Medicine
Under-Represented Minorities
Vascular Bioengineering

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

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