CURIOUS PROGRAM

Cardiovascular Undergraduate Research Initiative fOr
Underrepresented Students

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A BIOMEDICAL CAREER THAT INCLUDES CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH?

IF SO, LET US HELP YOU PURSUE YOUR GOAL AS A STUDENT IN OUR CURIOUS PROGRAM!

Program Overview:

The Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences is excited to introduce our new Cardiovascular Undergraduate Research Initiative fOr Underrepresented Students (CURIOUS) Program. The CURIOUS program is a NIH-funded 8-wk summer research program in cardiovascular disease. Our principle investigators, who will serve as mentors, lead research programs in several focus areas including: atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, peripheral artery disease, microvascular dysfunction in response to cardiovascular disease risk factors, stroke and the vascular/heart-brain axis.


Students in the program will:

• participate in 8 weeks of mentored research in a laboratory led by our nationally recognized researchers in cardiovascular diseases
• have the opportunity to network with a seminar speaker invited specifically for the students in this program
• learn about graduate life from our students during informal lunches
• participate in 2 types of weekly skills training:
       1) cardiovascular basics and state-of-the-art techniques
       2) career development and financial preparedness for graduate school
• receive didactic lectures in the responsible conduct of research
• be invited to present a poster at the end-of-program “CURIOUS Research Day”
• receive: a stipend of $12/hr; some travel costs; rent subsidies

** Top-performing students will be selected to attend and present their work at a national conference **

Some students will be selected to return for a second year, in which they will receive more advanced enrichments and continue their cardiovascular research.

PROGRAM DATES: June 3rd – July 26th, 2019

Eligibility:

The CURIOUS program is for students currently enrolled at an accredited undergraduate university, studying science. They must be from one of the following underrepresented groups:
         1) Racial and ethnic minorities
         2) Disadvantaged (financial or education)
         3) With disabilities

Application Process:

To apply, applicants should complete the application form HERE
Attachments required are:
        1) Resume
        2) Unofficial Transcript
Personnel statement (no more than 500 words) should include:
– why you want to participate in the CURIOUS program;
– what experiments/techniques in your college courses/labs have stimulated your interest in research;
– career goals;
– description of prior research experience.
There are links to participating faculty members below. Applicants should pick 3 faculty members whose research interests align with theirs and with whom they would like to work.
Recommendation letters: In the application form, applicants will be asked to name 2-3 referees; however references will only be requested for top selected candidates.

**APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30TH**

Questions should be directed to:
Dr. Karen Stokes, Ph.D.
CURIOUS program Director
E-mail: kstoke@lsuhsc.edu

Participating Faculty:

Karen Stokes, PhD (Principle Investigator and mentor)
https://www.shreveportphysiology.com/faculty/karen-stokes-phd/

Felicity Gavins, PhD (Co-Investigator)
https://www.shreveportphysiology.com/faculty/felicity-gavins-phd/

J. Steven Alexander, PhD (Co-Investigator and mentor)
https://www.shreveportphysiology.com/faculty/j-steven-alexander-phd/

Sumitra Miriyala, PhD (Co-Investigator and mentor)
https://www.lsuhsccba.com/faculty/individual-faculty-pages/sumitra-miriyala-phd/

Matthew Woolard, PhD (Co-Investigator and mentor)
https://www.lsuhscmicrobiology.com/matthew-d-woolard-phd

Md Shenuarin Bhuiyan, PhD (mentor)
http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/ClinicalDepartments/Pathology/divisionresearchpath/BhuiyanLab/index

Diana Cruz-Topete, PhD (mentor)
https://www.shreveportphysiology.com/faculty/diana-cruz-topete-phd/

Norman Harris, PhD (mentor)
https://www.shreveportphysiology.com/faculty/norman-harris-phd/

Lynn Harrison, PhD (mentor)
https://www.shreveportphysiology.com/faculty/lynn-harrison-phd/

Christopher Kevil, PhD (mentor)
http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/ClinicalDepartments/Pathology/divisionresearchpath/kevillab/index

David Krzywanski, PhD (mentor)
https://www.lsuhsccba.com/faculty/individual-faculty-pages/david-krzywanski-phd/

Hung Wen Lin, PhD (mentor)
http://www.kevinlinlab.org/

Kevin McCarthy, PhD (mentor)
https://www.lsuhsccba.com/faculty/individual-faculty-pages/kevin-mccarthy-phd

Hyung Nam, PhD (mentor)
http://lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/BasicScience/pharmacologytoxicologyandneuroscience/faculty/hyung

A. Wayne Orr, PhD (mentor)
http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/ClinicalDepartments/Pathology/divisionresearchpath/orrlaboratory/index

Manikandan Panchatcharam, PhD (mentor)

http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/BasicScience/CellularBiologyandAnatomy/facultystaff/AnatomyPanchatcharam

Christopher Pattillo, PhD (mentor)
https://www.shreveportphysiology.com/faculty/chris-pattillo-phd/

Yunfeng Zhao, PhD (mentor)
http://lsuhscshreveport.edu/departments/BasicScience/pharmacologytoxicologyandneuroscience/faculty/PTNYunfengZhao