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Program descriptions

Heart, Lung, & Blood program

The Heart, Lung, & Blood (HLB) program is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  Students will spend ten weeks in clinical or basic research projects designed to understand the molecular and cellular basis of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic disorders.

Of the HLB cohort, ONLY six (6) students will be selected to participate in a Pre-MSTP subprogram. If you are interested in pursuing a combined MD/PhD degree, you should select HLB as one of your options on the application. Those accepted will spend 10 weeks in the lab of a physician-scientist, have the opportunity to shadow their lab mentor in clinical activities, and have regular interactions with current MSTP students. Competitive applicants for the Pre-MSTP subprogram will have: 1) completed their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of entrance into the pre-MSTP; 2) a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5; and 3) a letter of recommendation from a research mentor that speaks to your qualifications for the MD/PhD career track. Learn more about the preMSTP program, the 2016 mentors and their research by clicking here.

Neuroscience program

The Neuroscience Program features a full ten weeks of research experience in one of the many neuroscience laboratories at the University of Minnesota.  For the summer program, there are two topics to choose from: neurodegenerative disorders and drug addiction.  Although it helps to have taken some chemistry and biology coursework, our students traditionally come from a variety of backgrounds. We provide a brief classroom “Introduction to Neuroscience” to ensure all our students have a useful level of background knowledge to supplement the laboratory experience they enjoy. In addition, there are Neuroscience seminars and presentations to supplement the students’ research experiences.  The Neuroscience Program is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Cancer Research, Education and Training Experience (CREATE)

The CREATE program is an integrated summer experience for talented, motivated undergraduate students interested in a cancer research career. Trainees will conduct independent cancer biology research under the mentorship of a CREATE program faculty mentor and engage in a weekly research seminar with other CREATE students. The research experience will be coupled with a Cancer Education Workshop that will provide an overview of cancer biology and development of key professional development skills.

LSSURP Compensation Package

Stipend $4000, Housing (room and meal plan in on-campus residence hall for most participants), Travel (round trip airfare only) included in compensation package for a total compensation package of $8,600.


Poster symposia - research by past participants