ASPIRE Medical Research Experience

Spend your next summer preparing for a professional,
graduate-level program in the allied health field. The Ohio
State University’s ASPIRE medical research experience offers
laboratory research and professional development, along with
a generous stipend, to prepare students to be competitive in an
MD, MD/PhD, or other health field.

Communities across the U.S. continue to be impacted by disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes related to social determinants, implicit bias and inadequate access to translational research and culturally competent health care. Research experience and training for students from communities affected by healthcare disparities are keys to improving workforce diversity and unlocking collaborative solutions to these complex problems.

Program Overview
Students will begin the program with meetings once or twice a week in a research lab during the spring semester, followed by eight to 10 weeks of experience in a research lab during the summer, and monthly meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters. Students enrolled in the program will be assigned to a principal investigator, working on a National Institutes Health-funded grant. The principal investigator (PI) and the student may choose to extend the experience to two summers. (Stipend amounts for the PI, instructors and undergraduate students will be determined accordingly.)

Learning Experiences
• Completion of a geographic opportunity map of the neighborhood and city where the undergraduate student lived to help identify social determinants of health
• Attendance at quarterly Group on Health Equity conferences
• Attendance at implicit bias awareness and mitigation classroom instruction
• Membership in a minority student organization, e.g., Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Student National Medical Association Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (SNMA-MAPS)
• Mentoring by a medical student or biomedical science graduate student

Who Should Apply?
The Ohio State University ASPIRE program encourages students
from the following groups to apply:
• Students from groups underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences: African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
• Students with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity
• Students from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
• Others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field

Additional Inclusion Criteria:
• Undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year at Ohio State
• A letter of recommendation from at least one science professor
• Undergraduate transcripts
• A minimum GPA of 3.0

For more information, call 614-685-9764 or email

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