Vascular Biology-Short Term Training Program for Minority Students

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with Meharry Medical College offers undergraduate students an NIH funded training program in vascular biology. The Short Term Training Program for Minority Students offers a laboratory experience designed to teach contemporary research techniques and enhance essential laboratory skills. Combining research activities with coursework, students gain a better grasp of research concepts and improve their critical thinking with regards to the literature and their own studies.

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ANNOUNCEMENT 

The Vascular Biology-Short Term Training Program for Minority Students will not be offered for 2014.

A grant for continuation of program funding will be submitted next year. Updated information will be posted when it becomes available.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in conjunction with Meharry Medical College is offering undergraduate students an 8 to 11 week training program in vascular biology. The Short Term Training Program for Minority Students will focus the considerable strengths and diversity of multidepartmental research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, providing a meaningful experience in research training and careers in vascular biology.

Training facilities include the well-equipped research laboratories of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Department of Microbiology of Meharry Medical College. The program is designed to teach contemporary research techniques and enhance essential laboratory skills. The large number of scientists participating in this program affords students the opportunity of placement in a laboratory related to their interests. The laboratory experience will provide detailed coverage of those fundamental basics which are underpinning of a successful performance in any research laboratory.

Formal teaching sessions are designed to cover material which is highly integrative and coupled to recent research findings and areas of activity. Combining research activities with coursework, students will gain a better grasp of research concepts and improve their critical thinking with regards to the literature and their own studies. During this program students will also participate in Workshops on Ethics in Research and Opportunities (Careers) in Research. At the end of the training program the students present their research to the other students and faculty in the style of national scientific meeting.

The Short Term Training Program for Minority Students will enable these partnering institutions to expand efforts to identify and recruit underrepresented minorities for graduate programs leading to careers in research.  Multidisciplinary research training of future minority research scientists in this area is expected to be critical to discovering the new information that will lead to improved diagnosis, prevention and therapy for cardiovascular disease.

We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity.  Applications will be available when the program funds have been secured.  Please check back periodally for updated information.