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Edwards Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Edwards Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Edwards Lifesciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (E-SURP) provides funding for UCI undergraduates who are conducting summer research projects under the guidance of UCI faculty mentors who are associated with the Edwards Lifesciences Cardiovascular Innovation and Research Center. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a cardiovascular-related research topic for a full-time ten-week period, or the equivalent of 400 hours.

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University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-5670
urop@uci.edu

The Edwards Lifesciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (E-SURP) provides funding for UCI undergraduates who are conducting summer research projects under the guidance of UCI faculty mentors who are associated with the Edwards Lifesciences Cardiovascular Innovation and Research Center. The program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a cardiovascular-related research topic for a full-time ten-week period, or the equivalent of 400 hours.

Students can apply for funding by submitting a proposal during the E-SURP Call for Proposals in the Spring Quarter of each academic year. E-SURP is open to all non-graduating (must be a returning student) UCI undergraduates who are in good academic standing and who will have been involved in a research project for at least one quarter before the beginning of the Summer. Proposals should be prepared by the student applicant and jointly submitted by the student and a faculty member.

E-SURP Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis, based on recommendations by the E-SURP Selection Committee. Fellows are awarded a maximum $2,000 stipend in support of their time and efforts conducting a summer research project or creative activity. Requests can be for less than $2,000 if other funding sources are contributing to the student’s summer stipend. These funds are NOT intended to support such expenditures as the purchase of research-related materials and supplies, but students could use part of their stipends for such items. Requests for project-related supplies can be submitted in response to UROP’s Call for Proposals. Students receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources can submit an application for an E-SURP Honorary Fellowship.

Students who receive the E-SURP Fellowship can enroll in summer courses, upon receiving approval from their faculty mentors, as long as they meet the 400-hour minimum requirement of the fellowship. E-SURP is administered by the Edwards Lifesciences Cardiovascular innovation and Research Center and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

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CardioStart

CardioStart

Cardiovascular Program for High School Students

Do you love science?

Have you ever wanted to see and work with a live cell? Do you find yourself asking questions beyond the scope of your classes?

Would you like to know what it is like to work in a tissue-engineering laboratory? Do you want to experience the awe of discovery?

Then you are the right person for the CardioStart program!

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The CardioStart Program for high school students is a progressive set of online workshops with interactive assessments that will enrich students’ knowledge of tissue and cardiac engineering. The workshops and assessments will be available 24/7 making this enhanced learning platform convenient for all students. To supplement the workshops, graduate students or a faculty member will be available to answer questions throughout the duration of the program and will be holding weekly office hours via Zoom to facilitate discussion and interaction between students. There is also a possibility of a hands-on laboratory opportunity in the future.

Students who have participated in the CardioStart Program for high school students have been accepted to universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Pepperdine, University of Chicago, and Rice University.


Apply to the Program


If you are interested in applying to the CardioStart program, please complete the click on this application form link. After you complete the form, you will receive a registration code (please be prepared to write it down) you can use to sign into the google classroom.

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No Tuition – CardioStart is Free


There is no tuition charge thanks to the generous support of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Cardiovascular Innovation and Research Center (CIRC) and the UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering Office of Access and Inclusion.


Eligibility Requirements


  • You must be at least 14 years of age or enrolled in high school to be eligible to participate.
  • You must be respectful and mature.

2021 Program Schedule


  • Online workshops available 24/7
  • Office hours available throughout the program

More Information


For more information or to apply to this program, please email cardio@uci.edu.

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Graduate CARE Program

Cardiovascular Applied Research and Entrepreneurship

The underlying premise, which forms the foundation of this training program, is a shortage of highly trained scientists with cross-training in three synergistic disciplines: 1) engineering, 2) cardiovascular science, and 3) entrepreneurship. Our primary goal is to train a relatively small number of highly qualified individuals who can produce quality and impactful research in cardiovascular science and technology. Additionally, trainees will also develop an enhanced skill set to assess the translational potential of cardiovascular research, and will thus be able to communicate more effectively with entrepreneurial professionals. This level of “fluency” in entrepreneurship is a unique feature of our training program. Through this fluency, the training program is able to accelerate the development of cardiovascular technology to treat and diagnose cardiovascular disease. We refer to our program as Cardiovascular Applied Research and Entrepreneurship (CARE).


Background

The current training paradigm for individuals able to engineer new cardiovascular technology has two typical pathways: clinical training or formal education as an engineer. Clinical training is demanding and rightly focuses on training individuals who deliver cardiovascular healthcare. Cardiovascular clinicians are normally the first to recognize a shortcoming in available technology, but generally do not have the skill or training in engineering or business.

When receiving formal training as an engineer (e.g., biomedical engineering) at bachelors through doctoral levels, an individuals’ core “language” is shaped by the vocabulary of engineering science and design principles with some limited understanding of the cardiovascular system. Often this individual is the first to recognize an exciting new technology, but lacks the business acumen or knowledge of clinical applications to understand the translational potential.

The CARE Training Program is designed to bridge the knowledge and fluency gaps not only between these two current traditional pathways, but also in the area of entrepreneurship. The expectation is that these individuals will produce quality and impactful research in cardiovascular science and technology, as well as develop an enhanced skill set to assess the translational potential of cardiovascular research, and will thus be able to communicate more effectively with entrepreneurial professionals.

To apply to the program please find the application link on the Program Outline page.

Pre-Program Requirements

Year 1 of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering or the equivalent


Pre- Program Requirements
(Year 1 of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering or the equivalent)

All students interested applying for the CARE Training Program must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be accepted to the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering (other comparable programs will be considered)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Under the federal training grant guidelines, international students are not eligible for this training program.
  • Match with a CARE Training Faculty Member by the end of year 1 of the Ph.D. Program.
  • Successfully complete all required coursework (or the equivalent) for first year Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. students.
  • Pass the preliminary examination at the end of year 1 of the Ph.D. Program. Students may not be admitted to the CARE program without passing the preliminary examination.
  • Apply to the CARE Program and be interviewed by the required due dates.

Year 1 | CARE Training Program

Year 2 of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering


The first year of the CARE Training Program is outlined as follows:

  • Coursework:
    BME298 – Seminars in Biomedical Engineering
    PH290 – Foundations of Clinical and Translational Science
    BME212 – Cardiovascular Mechanobiology
  • Successfully complete the Clinical Cardiology Short Course
  • Attend a minimum of nine sessions of the Heart to Heart Training Club
  • Apply for individual graduate training fellowship from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, or the American Heart Association
  • Attend and present at annual CARE retreat

Year 2 | CARE Training Program

Year 3 of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering


The second year of the CARE Training Program is outlined as follows:

  • Coursework:
    MMG250 – Responsible Conduct of Research (must attend all sessions)
    BME295 – Socratic Seminar Engineering and Entrepreneurship
  • Attend a minimum of nine sessions of the Heart to Heart Training Club
  • Participate in the Stella Zhang New Venture Competition through the Paul Merage School’s Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship through at least Phase 1 of the competition, including the corresponding competition workshops.
  • Attend and present at annual CARE retreat

Years 3 and 4 | CARE Training Program

Years 4 and 5 of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering


The third and fourth years of the CARE Training Program are outlined as follows:

  • Complete the dissertation work leading to the PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Formal presentation in the Department of Biomedical Engineering weekly seminar series. This feature serves as an intermediate checkpoint between the qualifying exam (end of year 2 of the Ph.D. program) and defending the dissertation, and provides a formal opportunity for the interdisciplinary thesis committee to interact and discuss progress. At least two additional members from the trainee’s thesis committee (besides the primary advisor) must be in attendance at the seminar.
  • Defend dissertation leading to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

Application due by Friday, May 20, 2022: apply here

Training Faculty


CIRC Associate Director
Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Surgery
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Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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CIRC Director
Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Surgery
School of Medicine
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Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Core Lab Faculty Director
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Professor
Department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Chancellor's Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Professor
Department of Radiological Sciences
School of Medicine
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Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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Associate Professor
Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Heart-to-Heart Training Club

Heart-to-Heart Training Club

First launched in December 2010, the “Heart-to-Heart” training club was designed as a mechanism to enhance knowledge, communication, and collaboration amongst the cardiovascular labs on campus through a formal presentation followed by informal discussion and networking. The club also serves to improve oral communication and presentation skills, and stimulate cohesion within the training program between the pre-doctoral and cardiology fellow tracks. The training club is held on the second Tuesday of each month over the lunch hour PDT. Typically, a trainee from a campus lab presents stumbling blocks of their project and receives suggestions on how they might progress through these obstacles, a faculty member presents a new project idea to get feedback from the trainees and faculty in the other cardiovascular labs, or we invite a special guest speaker from either industry or a cardiovascular lab from another university to present.

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Heart-to-Heart Training Club
This month’s presenter is Dr. Arvin Soepriatna from Brown University.

The training club meets during the lunch hour (12:00pm -1:00pm) on the second Tuesday of the month. CIRC provides a heart-healthy lunch. Participation in the training club is limited to CIRC core and affiliate faculty members and their students.

Please note that all sessions of the 2021 – 2022 academic year will be held via zoom.

For information on becoming a member, please review the CIRC Affiliate Member Guidelines and complete the CIRC Affiliate Member Application.

Recently, mission of the training club has expanded to include a variety of topics from outside sources to further enrich the trainees’ education and to give them the opportunity to be exposed the wide variety of career options. Topics such as Unmet Needs in Clinical CardiologyUnderstanding Intellectual Property Law, and Effectively Communicating With Your Target Audience: The Savvy Scientist, have all been presented by speakers outside of the CIRC.