Summer Undergraduate Mentoring & Meaningful Experiences in Research

As cardiovascular researchers, one of our most essential responsibilities is to function as mentors and offer opportunities to inspire impactful careers regardless of race, ancestry, sex, gender, or socioeconomic background. One of the most effective mechanisms to promote equity in research careers is undergraduate summer programs focused on underrepresented students. For the past six years, MHI has provided research environments for over 100 undergraduates from diverse backgrounds, many of which matriculated to STEM careers, graduate school, or medical school. To inspire underrepresented students toward careers in cardiovascular research, we designed MHI SUMMER, a program that encompasses research, mentoring, and career development.

Five undergraduates will be selected for the MHI SUMMER program. The program consists of a 10-week mentored cardiovascular research project that addresses an important scientific question. The MHI-SUMMER students will interact with lab members in their respective labs daily and meet with their mentors weekly.

In addition to working in a research lab, the MHI SUMMER students will attend sessions that cover responsible and safe research conduct, a weekly journal club to discuss and learn about cardiovascular science, and a career development series. The program concludes with attending the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Sessions in Boston, Massachusets. 

If this sounds like a program you are interested in sponsoring, please click the link below.

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MHI SUMMER Career Development Series

Time FrameActivity
Day 1-2Lab Safety and etiquette, Calculation basics, etc.
Week 1Identify Strengths/Personality type, Scientific Journals crash course #1
Week 2Career Recon, Ethics and Expectations/RCR, Scientific Journals crash course #2
Week 3Interviewing Strategies, Effective Communication, Dr. Curtis Harper Distinguished Lectureship
Week 4Networking & Social Media Presence, Mental Health and Wellness
Week 5Cover Letter Session, Identity, Intersectionality & Impact bias, and Scientific Poster sessions start
Week 6CV Workshop, Scientific Poster sessions, Cath Lab Field trip
Week 7LinkedIn Workshop & Scientific Literacy Workshop, Scientific Poster sessions
Week 8Networking event with Q&A, Applying to UNC BBSP Program, Scientific Poster sessions
Week 9Egg Beat Drop & Mix and Mingle with other labs & Journal Club
Week 10Students present at UNC Summer Poster Session on July 26th
July 31-Aug 3rdBasic Cardiovascular Sciences 2023 in Boston, MA