Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program

Project: Research


  • Jay L Zweier (PI)


It is the goal of the scientific community within the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute (DHLRI) and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) to encourage promising students, particularly under-represented minorities, to consider research careers related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. One key to success in this arena is integrating teams of molecular, physiological and clinical investigators focused on specific cardiac diseases or defined pathophysiological events and the translation of findings made in small animal models to large animal and ultimately to human patients. The American Heart Association Institutional Undergraduate Student Fellowship Program (USFP) will foster cardiovascular research experiences for a select group of undergraduates with a demonstrated aptitude for the sciences as well as proven interest in research from any 4 year university. We have structured an undergraduate program administered by the DHLRI, directed by a Senior Principal Investigator (Dr. Jay Zweier) with an extensive training and mentorship record, supervised by a distinguished Executive Committee, and enhanced by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry (OUR&CI) and Biomedical Science Program. These entities have collaborated and communicated to create and foster six years of AHA sponsored summer research experiences with our current recruitment policies in place resulting in 55% of fellowships awarded to woman and unrepresented minorities. Although we have only provided a small sample of the diverse cardiovascular sponsor/mentors who regularly mentor undergraduate students here at The Ohio State University, the OSU OUR&CI have extensive experience with communication between other universities to ensure that students from anywhere can interact and benefit from this unique program. The foundations of this proposal are based on the established basic, translational, and clinical cardiovascular programs already in place for professional students and cardiovascular fellows at The Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute (DHLRI). Lastly, although our current program to encourage students, specifically women and underrepresented minorities has been a success, mechanisms are in place to elicit feedback so that improvements ensure longevity and vital experiences for the next generation of cardiovascular scientists.
Award amount$60,000.00
Award date01/01/2019
Program typeUndergraduate Fellowship
Award ID19UFEL34370074
Effective start/end date01/01/201912/31/2021