Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Application deadline: January 20, 2022

Have questions about the program or the application process?

Join us for an Informational Session over Zoom on January 5th, 2022, where we'll briefly describe the program and application process, and you'll have the chance to ask program organizers and several past alumni questions about the experience!

12pm PT | Zoom | Password: 294085
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Our 10-week Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) Undergraduate Summer Research Program is designed to train undergraduate students in cardiovascular research in the laboratories of CVI-affiliated faculty members. Undergraduate summer research at Stanford CVI is supported by the American Heart Association, The National Institutes of Health, and the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. We will be offering a stipend of $6,000 or $8,000 depending on whether the program is virtual or in-person. Housing is not provided.

During the 10-week summer program, students work full-time in the labs of CVI research mentors. Throughout the summer, additional programming is provided in the form of cardiovascular science seminars, panels with graduate program admissions teams, professional development seminars, social events, and career path conversations with faculty, students, and industry professionals. The program ends with a symposium allowing the students to showcase their work to the CVI community.   

Our program is funded by the NIH, AHA, and AHA SURE programs. One of the primary goals of these programs is to increase diversity in cardiovascular research and medicine, so as to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. Our program provides exceptional research training and strives to be an inclusive opportunity for individuals with diverse backgrounds, outlooks, and careers goals.


- Must be a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or holder of one of the following visas: F-1, H1, H1B, J1, PR, TC or TN

- To qualify for the program, you must be entering at least your second year of an undergraduate degree program in Fall 2021. Individuals graduating from an undergraduate degree program in Spring/Summer 2021 are also eligible.

- No previous research experience is required.

- Individuals from groups underrepresented in academia (including but not limited to: racial /ethnic minorities, gender/sexual minorities, first generation college students, disabled individuals, individuals from low income households) are particularly encouraged to apply!

Please note, students admitted to Stanford Cardiovascular Institute's Undergraduate Summer Program may not defer their acceptance to a following year. Exceptions may be made in case of emergencies or significant changes in personal circumstances.

Please contact our Office of Education and Outreach if you would like any additional information. Stanford University's Winter Closure will be observed from December 20th, 2021 to December 31st, 2021. Email responses may be limited during this period. We will be back in the office on January 3rd, 2022.

Applications will close on January 20, 2022.

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD
Program Director

Downloadable program flyer (pdf)

Amal Adamu
UMD, Eastern Shore
Mentor: Nazish Sayed

Nickeisha Cuthbert
Claflin University
Mentor: Katrin Svensson

Gabriel Heckerman
Mahurin Honors College
Mentor: Sean Wu

Andreanne Sannajust
Mentor: Joseph Wu

Sofia Torres Bigio
Mentor: Helen Blau

Parth Amin
Dartmouth College
Mentor: Kevin Wang

Yuri De Castro
UC, Merced
Mentor: Joseph Wu

Thinzar Htwe
Stanford University
Mentor: Anson Lee

JooChan Shin
UPenn; Mentor: Christopher Cheng

Eileen Tzng
Cornell University
Mentor: Phil Yang

Natasha Auer
UCSB; Mentor: Vinicio de Jesus Perez

Chisomaga Ekwueme
Diablo Valley College
Mentor: Ngan Huang

Elsa Lawrence
Imperial College London
Mentor: Mark Mercola

Britney Joy Sison
University of Guam
Mentor: Michael Snyder

Rocio Vazquez
Univ of Central Florida
Mentor: Vinicio de Jesus Perez

Alexander Boakye
Howard University
Mentor: Joseph Woo

Angel Emodi
UCLA; Mentor: Mark Skylar-Scott

Aaron Panduro
CSU, Fresno
Mentor: Alison Marsden

Sameer Sundrani
Stanford University
Mentor: Andrew Fire

Stefan Veizades
University of Edinburgh
Mentor: Patricia Nguyen

Jamie Bozeman
Tougaloo College
Mentor: Kristy Red-Horse

Celine Escarmant
Stanford University
Mentor: Alison Marsden

Savan Patel
Univ of Pennsylvania
Mentor: Anoop Rao

Kevin Tan
UNC at Charlotte
Mentor: Patricia Nguyen

Arely Campos - UCLA
Mentors: Karen Hirsch & Melissa Vogelsong

Josephine Gollin
Smith College
Mentor: Mark Mercola

Jaylen Sandifer
Jackson State University
Mentor: Kevin Alexander

Jane Thomas
Laney College
Mentor: Daniel Bernstein