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EICS Program



Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Program Starts: May 30, 2018

The program, “Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences” (EICS) sponsored by Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, is a summer research experience for underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities or students from Disadvantages backgrounds (urban/rural areas, first generation college students, etc.). The focus is on research training in the cardiovascular sciences with mentoring by medical school faculty. The curriculum includes "hands-on" laboratory research, a lecture series that includes presentations by faculty and guest speakers and a research symposium at which the students present their research findings. EICS faculty serving as research mentors are from Hypertension & Vascular Research, the Section of Comparative Medicine in Pathology, the Programs in Molecular Genetics, Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Perinatal Biology, the Departments of Pathology (Section on Comparative Medicine), Cardiology, Radiation Oncology, Biomedical Engineering, Cancer Biology, Physiology & Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and the Offices of Multicultural Affairs, the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at WFSM, as well as colleagues at Winston-Salem State University.

Undergraduate students with an interest in a PhD in the biomedical sciences for a research career, are encouraged to apply. EICS participants receive travel funds to and from Winston-Salem, housing and a stipend.
Eligibility requirements require that a student must be:

  1. Underrepresented Minorities (i.e. African American, Alaskan Native, Asian-American, Native American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic) or students with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds (urban/rural areas, first generation college students, etc.)
  2. U.S. Citizens or permanent resident of the United States
  3. Undergraduate students in good academic standing 

Summary of EICS Outcomes from 2001-present:

The EICS program is in its 25th year of hosting 12 nationally recruited research interns annually. The participants are 63% African American, 16% Hispanic, 4% Native American, 10% Asian/Pacific Islander and 6% either disadvantaged or disabled.  Of the students who participated in the EICS program, 69% have remained in science careers: medical or other professional schools (31%), graduate school (31% - 18% in PhD programs/13% in Master’s programs and a third of these students entered WFU graduate school) or industry/technical (17%) positions. Altogether about ~13% of the total participants from this program have returned to WFSM in some capacity.

For more information contact:

Hypertension and Vascular Research
Attn: EICS
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1032
Telephone: (336) 716-0757
FAX: (336) 716-2456

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