Students in our new SummeR reseArch DIversity ProgrAm iN Cardiovascular Disease & HEmatology (RADIANCE) track learn about the broad scope of heart and blood disorders and their interdisciplinary and multidimensional impact.

PROGRAM PERIOD: June & July 2024

Learn from experts

During your first week, learn about clinical trials, scientific writing, ethics in research, biostatistics and more

Gain real-world experience

Over the course of six weeks, work alongside a mentor in a lab setting

Present your work

Give a capstone presentation during your final week of the program

What to expect

  • RADIANCE will focus on enhancing participants’ skills so that they understand the challenges and opportunities needed to become successful researchers in cardiovascular disease and hematologic disorders
  • Participants are expected to pursue their research training full time—defined as 40 hours per week—and attend all program events
  • At the end of the eight-week program, participants will give capstone presentations
  • Participants will engage in group discussions, seminars and lectures on research ethics, scientific writing, clinical trials, and more

Program benefits

  • Participants receive a stipend
  • If needed, participants receive support for travel to and from St. Louis and lodging while enrolled
  • Non-WashU students receive a free Metrolink transit pass


Participants must meet one or more of the following categories:

  • Individuals must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups who are underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis*
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Individuals must be an undergraduate of health professional student actively enrolled in an accredited university of accredited health professional school at a U.S.-based institution.**
  • Individuals must have successfully completed at least one undergraduate year at an accredited university (including baccalaureate schools of nursing) or have successfully completed at least one quarter or semester at an accredited health professional school**

*The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

**Includes accredited schools of medicine, optometry, osteopathy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health professions, and public health

Specific information about underrepresented populations in the U.S. can be found here.

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Past Summer Research Programs

2023 Cohort | Summary

The RADIANCE Summer Program is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).