American Heart Association Undergraduate Student Research Program

The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines to consider research careers that are broadly related to the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular areas. Students are assigned to leading biomedical research laboratories in California, Nevada or Utah for a ten-week period during the summer to work under the direct supervision of experienced scientists. The projects students work on range from basic molecular research to direct physiological studies. Examples include signal transduction, gene expression, vascular wall biology, ion transport and cellular physiology. Some opportunities for participation in more clinical investigations are also available. Students will not receive college credit for their summer research activities. Therefore, participation in the program will not appear on an official transcript from the institution where the student is assigned.
Applicants must: 1) Be enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree program, at the time of application, in either a four-year college or university, or a two-year institution with plans to transfer to a four-year college or university by the Fall of 2008 2) Attend an institution in California, Nevada or Utah, or be a resident of one of these states 3) Be a United States citizen, or a foreign national holding a student, exchange or permanent resident visa, including an F-1, H1, H1B, J1, PR, TC or TN visa 4) Have junior or senior academic status in the Fall of 2008. Students who will graduate in September of 2008 or before are not eligible 5) Have completed at least four semesters or six quarters of any combination of the following courses by June 2008: Biological sciences (biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology or lab)and/or Physics and/or Chemistry (inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry or lab) 7) In addition, applicants must have completed at least one quarter of calculus, statistics, computational methods or computer science by June 2008.