American Heart Association Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Project: Research


  • Daniel Michele (PI)


The overall goal of the American Heart Association Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Fellowship Program (AHA-FCVC SURF) is to provide undergraduate student fellows an opportunity to perform full-time, mentored research experience in the state-of-the-art cardiovascular research laboratories at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. We aim to attract a diverse group of outstanding undergraduate students from across the country to participate in research, explore career opportunities that involve research, and encourage students along a career path where cardiovascular research a significant focus of their future career in medicine, PhD training, academic careers, or careers in industry. The proposed program will leverage the existing nationwide recruiting activities, seminar series, research symposia, training environment and outstanding committed mentors of the Frankel CVC Summer Undergraduate Fellowship program. During the last funding cycle of this AHA Institutional Fellowship Grant, the joint AHA-FCVC SURF program has grown from 41 active mentors to 58 active mentors, and through a vigorous investment in recruiting has doubled its applicant pool from across the country from ~250 to now 500 students. We have committed additional philanthropic and FCVC investment to now offer 25 fellowships (up from 16 in 2016) that are currently being funded by institutional funds. While the program is fortunate to have a robust recruiting mechanisms and a highly qualified and large applicant pool, the reality is we turn away every year highly qualified applicants that are some of the top academically qualified students at their home institutions. The support of the AHA for five fellowship slots will markedly increase the opportunity for students and mentors to participate in the program, as well as allow leveraging of the AHA stipend support with our program resources that enable many important additional research career related training activities for the students.
Award amount$60,000.00
Award date01/01/2020
Program typeUndergraduate Fellowship
Award ID20UFEL35310016
Effective start/end date01/01/202012/31/2022