A more diverse science workforce can help address inequities in health care delivery and outcomes.
The SURE program supports individuals from underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine (STEMM) fields or careers.
These groups include but are not limited to:
- Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
- Those from social disadvantage backgrounds
- Those with disabilities
Undergraduates meeting eligibility criteria and possibly interested in STEMM careers can apply.
The AHA is partnering with some 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 institutions provide 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.
AHA Benefits include:
- $6,000 stipend
- Travel expenses (primarily air travel)
- Stipend for housing (for non-local students) – (If institution provides it)
- Opportunity to attend AHA Scientific Sessions – All expenses paid
- Networking and other resources
Adrienne Meuller, PhD
Associate Director at Cardiovascular Institute Stanford University
“The Cardiovascular Summer Research Program at Stanford provides students from diverse backgrounds with foundational training in cardiovascular science to foster the next generation of researchers and physician-scientists.”
SURE Scholar, Stanford University 22'
“The AHA Scientific Sessions was an enriching and inspiring experience that further solidified my passion for medicine and boosted my drive to become a physician. Being exposed to global leaders in healthcare that advocated the importance of health equity shed a lot of insight on the disparities in minoritized communities and emphasized that I am capable of making a change, even as a student. The open panel discussions granted me a safe space to ask questions to health care professionals that were once in my shoes and look like me.”