About the SURE Program

SURE and HBCU Scholars pause for a photo at AHA Scientific Sessions 2019A more diverse science workforce can help address inequities in health care delivery and outcomes.

Some people are underrepresented in medicine and science. The SURE program supports African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino(a), Native Indian/Pacific Islander and/or LGBTQ+ undergraduates who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The AHA is partnering with seven learning institutions to provide research experience and mentoring to these underrepresented students.

Students collaborate with a laboratory or mentor connected to the AHA, whether member, grant recipient or advocate, to conduct research that fits the AHA mission. The summer program lasts 8 to 10 weeks, from May or June to August. A virtual component allows students to participate in programs from other hosts.

The AHA provides a suggested training plan that includes:

  • Research experience
  • Curriculum, including compliance training, responsible conduct of research and work-life concerns such as stress and time management
  • Preparation to attend and/or present at AHA Scientific Sessions

Benefits include:

  • $6,000 stipend
  • Travel expenses (primarily air travel)
  • Opportunity to attend AHA Scientific Sessions