Cultivating Interest in Research Careers
The goal of the CIRC program is to increase the number of community college students from underrepresented groups who are prepared to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences.
The Cultivating Interest in Research Careers (CIRC) program is a partnership between University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). The program starts with a ten-week summer research program at UCLA, AND extends into a year-long continuum. The goal of CIRC is to provide community college students underrepresented in medicine and science (UIMS), such as African American, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, disabled and socioeconomically disadvantaged students, with hands-on exposure and training in scientific research aligned with the scientific mission of the NHLBI.
The CIRC program will provide these community college students with educational workshops, near-peer mentoring, and skills to help them transfer to a 4-year college or university and ultimately be prepared to pursue a health profession or scientific research career.
- Official Academic Transcript
- Two Letters of Recommendation : One from an Instructor
- Completed Application
Application Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2024
Email Completed Package to: [email protected]
This program is supported by NIH NHLBI grant # R25HL161609
The CIRC Program seeks to provide community college students with research experiences and academic enhancement training that will empower them to make a difference in their local communities and prepare themselves for science and health professional careers. The goal of the CIRC program is to increase the number of community college students from underrepresented groups who are prepared to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences.
The CIRC Program has two-components: 1)10-week Summer Research Program and
2)Year-round Pathway to Research Careers Continuum. The Summer Research Program will take place under the supervision of research mentors at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Participants will engage in a hands-on research project under the guidance of an established researcher working in areas related to cardiovascular disease and/or prevention. The Summer Research Program will begin with a one-week Research Fundamentals Boot Camp to prepare the students to make the most of their research experience. During the following academic school year, students will participate in an Academic Enrichment Program designed to help them successfully transfer to a four-year college or university and continue their education with the ultimate goal of a scientific research career.
Specific benefits of the CIRC program include:
- Mentorship from a successful UCLA researcher
- Mentorship from a near-peer advisor who is enrolled at a 4-year college/university
- Participation in scientific and educational workshops
- Enhancement of research skills
- Intensive guidance and support to assist with transferring to a 4-year college/university
- Enhancement of academic skills to pursue a career in research and/or medicine
- Opportunity to attend conferences such as the national meeting of the American Heart Association, with registration and travel expenses covered
- Participation in our Annual CIRC Research Symposium
- Receive a stipend of at least $4,800
***Please Note: CIRC is NOT a residential Program. Housing is not Provided.
The Cultivating Interest in Research Careers (CIRC) Program will pair UCLA Near-Peer Advisors with community college students from underrepresented groups in medicine and science and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. The goals of the CIRC program are to expose community college students to a summer research experience at UCLA and to engage them in a follow-up year-long program to help them successfully transfer to a 4-year school.
Qualifications to be a Near-Peer Advisor: The Near-Peer Advisors will be UCLA students in science-related majors, ideally, who are planning to apply to graduate programs in science and research. Priority will be given to Near-Peer Advisors from underrepresented minority groups, first-generation college students, students who transferred from community colleges, and/or students receiving Pell Grants or who had a disadvantaged educational background.
Expectations of Near-Peer Advisors: Participating as a Near-Peer Advisor requires a time commitment of approximately 1 hour bi-weekly check-in with mentee. During this time, Near-Peer Advisors will be expected to regularly check in with their mentees throughout the summer and the year-long program. Near-Peer Advisors will serve as role models by sharing their personal experiences in their educational journeys, providing advice on the academic and personal aspects of college life, and providing support and encouragement as mentees work to transfer to a four-year college/university. All Near-Peer Advisors are expected to participate in a brief orientation in May to learn more specific program details (Date/time TBD).
Near-Peer Advisors will receive a stipend of $1,000 for their 1-year commitment to the program.
Deadline for Application: April 15th, 2024