AHA Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) with a focus on cardiovascular, brain ischemia and other heart, lung, and blood disorders
General Admissions Requirements
Cardiovascular and brain ischemia research is an interdisciplinary field. We have drawn faculty of diverse backgrounds to mentor undergraduate students in this discipline to increase interest in and enhance the participant’s preparation to conduct future research in cardiovascular pathophysiology. We believe this training experience will provide a one-of-a-kind educational environment and expose the student to cutting-edge basic and translational research. The SURP seeks to fund highly qualified undergraduates with potential for a future career in the cardiovascular sciences. As such, we seek:
- Research-oriented undergraduate students
- Students from groups under-represented in the biomedical or health sciences
- Students pursuing research focused on cardiovascular disease or brain ischemia
- Students considering research as a profession but who have not previously had a lab experience
Approximate expected time commitments for Summer Institute (plus travel):
- Summer Session 2017: minimum 10 weeks, May - August
- Follow-up survey (emailed Fall 2017)
- Annual AHA Fellows Research Conference, Winter 2018, Pittsburgh, PA: 1 day
Please note: COURSEWORK FOR CREDIT IS NOT PERMITTED UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS AWARD.
Complete application packets, including items 1-6 listed below, should be no more than 11 pages, compiled in this order, and submitted as one PDF file.
Complete applications will consist of:
- Research proposal: (3 pages): please see linked template
- Mentor’s biosketch (NIH style - 5 pages maximum)
- Applicant résumé including: (1 page)
- Education and training since high school
- Honors and awards
- Prior research and/or job experience
- Current official university transcript with GPA (1-2 pages)
- Applicant's "Personal Statement" describing career goals and rationale for pursuing this research project. Also state other commitments for the summer (travel, vacation, test preparation, applications) and plans to fulfill the AHA SURP award requirements. (1 page)
The following letters must be sent directly from the referring individual to the Program Administrator via email.
- Mentor letter of support which includes mentorship plan and describes the balance between the student’s participation and assistance from other lab personnel and how this fits in the grander scheme of the lab’s work (1-2 pages)
- One additional letter of recommendation from another faculty member (not the mentor) who can evaluate the applicant’s aptitude, commitment to science and/or work ethic/productivity.
We have a two-step admission process that begins with identifying a mentor and then submitting an application. The range of acceptable mentors is very large and includes the basic science, clinical and translational faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Once a mentor has been identified, applicants should send an email to the Program Administrator to indicate their intent to apply for the program and include the name of their University of Pittsburgh faculty mentor.
The applicant should then work with mentors to obtain the required components which should be assembled into a single PDF and sent via email to the Program Administrator.
Letters of recommendation should be separately submitted by the mentor and one additional referencevia email to the Program Administrator.
All materials must be received by Tuesday, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 at 5:00pm.
Applications will be reviewed by March 31, 2017, and applicants notified shortly thereafter of acceptance.
Applications will be scored on the basis of the applicant (1/3), the mentor (1/3) and the proposal (1/3). Scoring Sheet
The application deadline is Tuesday, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 at 5:00pm. Apply early!
Once accepted into the program, the applicant will have seven (7) days to either accept or decline enrollment in the program via email to the Program Administrator.