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Program Benefits

AHA Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) with a focus on cardiovascular, brain ischemia and other heart, lung, and blood disorders


Financial Benefits

Housing: Housing in not provided through the program. Students are expected to pay for housing using a portion of their stipend. Pitt students may obtain information regarding on-campus housing through the housing office. All other students and Pitt students desiring to live off campus are referred to the off-campus living guide.

Meals: Meals will be provided during the scheduled weekly lecture meetings.

Stipend: Each participant receives a cash stipend of $4,000.00 to defray other costs.


Professional Benefits

Professional benefits include:


Research Benefits

Students may participate in the SURP in any University of Pittsburgh laboratory conducting cardiovascular or brain ischemia research.  This list includes but is not limited to the labs and institutes of the Program Faculty.

The Program is administered by the Vascular Medicine Institute in the Department of Medicine. However, cardiovascular research is also being conducted in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, the Divisions of Cardiology, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and the Renal Electrolyte Divisions of the Department of Medicine, the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, the Division of Vascular Surgery, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Department of Bioengineering, the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, the Department of Developmental Biology, the Department of Neurology, the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Department of Critical Care Medicine, the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM). In total this represents over 200 potential mentors and laboratories with funding and experience to offer students an excellent experience.


Campus Benefits

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh includes providing high quality undergraduate and graduate training, while also engaging in research and scholarly activities. The University is a complex of 16 schools, ~100 departments, 30 special centers, and four regional campuses. In fall 2013, 28,649 students were enrolled at the Pittsburgh campus including 17,935 undergraduates and 10,034 graduates earning 7,746 degrees. Our full time faculty numbers ~4,450. The University includes six schools of the health sciences (Medicine, Public Health, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences). The School of Medicine is ranked 17th among medical schools by US News and World Report and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is 12th nationally (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is ranked 9th).

The University and UPMC has a wide range of biomedical research, and is currently ranked fifth in total funding from the National Institutes of Health with over $300 million per year. In addition, The University has been ranked in the top ten institutions in funding from the American Heart Association for the past several years. UPMC’s clinical enterprise consists of 19 community, secondary, tertiary, and specialty care hospitals; 350 primary care and specialized outpatient facilities; ~2,800 employed and ~4,000 affiliated physicians; cancer centers (including over 50 community-based centers); rehabilitation centers; and the UPMC Health Plan, a regional provider of health insurance products.

The University and the School of Medicine offer an ideal environment for research training with a long tradition of basic and clinical investigation. The strong ties between basic science and clinical medicine are demonstrated by the juxtaposition of the 13-story medical education building (Scaife Hall), the Presbyterian University and Montefiore University Hospitals, and four biomedical science research towers. This integration of clinical medicine and basic science allows for easy communication and frequent encounters, not only in research conferences, but also in daily activities, which create the necessary environment for collaborative investigation. The University of Pittsburgh was one of the 12 initial recipients of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  The University has a large number of core facilities in area such as genomics, proteomics, lipidomics, mass spectroscopy, microscopy and biological imaging and mitochondrial dynamics.  There are an assortment of equipment and facilities available within the integrated campus which permits investigation with all manner of cutting edge techniques. CTSI also provides statistical support.

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