Skip to main content

Promoting Academic Excellence with Community Engagement and Reach Multicultural Scholars (PAECER) Program

Undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups will complete a mentored, summer research experience in a laboratory addressing an aspect of cardiovascular disease that is supplemented with training in critical thinking and exposure to the complexities that underlie health disparities. Students also benefit from near peer mentoring and exposure to a range of career opportunities. Ten students from groups underrepresented in science and medicine will be selected to participate each summer. PAECER is funded by NHLBI with collaborative support from the American Heart Association.


  • Student could be pursuing a degree in any field, but must have interest in biomedical research or healthcare
  • Student must be a full-time undergraduate; rising sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Student must have exemplary academic performance
  • Student must be from an underrepresented group in science and medicine


Application Instructions

The application will include:

  • A brief personal statement which addresses your scientific interests, your qualifications for the program, and how you believe this program will help you achieve your professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted online (if you have prior research experience, it will be helpful to have a letter from your research mentor).
  • Uploaded unofficial transcript

The application opens on October 1. The application deadline is February 1, 2024. Click here to start the application through the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy.