CROSS-DISCIPLINARY CARDIOVASCULAR SCIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM TO DIVERSIFY THE STEM WORKFORCE
Despite major advances in cardiovascular research, there remain significant disparities in healthcare in our underserved populations: e.g. risk of heart failure, sudden cardiac death, and obesity is doubled in African Americans, death from stroke is four times greater than majority populations. Yet few members of disadvantaged populations achieve careers in the STEM workforce.
We are pleased to announce that CSU, in partnership with the Lerner Research Institute (LRI) of the Cleveland Clinic, has received funding from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the NIH to support Ph.D. trainees from backgrounds under-represented in the STEM workforce. Our goal is to help redress the low participation of these populations in STEM careers.
CSU’s partnership with LRI provides a rich training environment: LRI’s exceptional NIH-funded cardiovascular research and strong history of mentoring Ph.D. students, plus centers of excellence at CSU - the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD), and CHMS, the Center for Human Machine Systems, CD-Cavs capitalizes upon this robust partnership with LRI by bringing under its umbrella, the 3 joint CSU:LRI Ph.D. programs: Regulatory Biology, Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, in the College of Sciences and Health Professions, (COSHP) and Applied Biomedical Engineering in the Washkewicz College of Engineering (WCOE).
Students supported by CD-Cavs receive full stipend and tuition, travel support and up to $3000/year for other training-related expenses.