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ASPIRE Program




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 healthcare. Research experience and training for students from communities affected by health and healthcare disparities are keys to improving workforce diversity and unlocking collaborative solutions to these complex problems.​

Students will begin the program with meetings one or two times a week in a research lab during the spring semester, followed by eight to 10 weeks of experience in a research lab in the summer. 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.

Undergraduate student learning experiences include the following:

  • Assignment to a principal investigator with two or more years remaining on a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grant
  • Assignment to a medical student or biomedical science graduate student mentor
  • Completion of a geographic opportunity map of the neighborhood and city where the undergraduate student lived to help identify social determinants of health
  • Completion of a scholarly paper and/or research poster describing what the undergraduate student has learned
  • Attendance at quarterly Group on Health Equity conferences
  • Attendance at implicit bias awareness and mitigation classroom instruction
  • Membership in a 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)

For more information, call (614-685-9764) or email aaron.thomas@osumc.edu