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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

Summer 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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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s CardioStart program will continue as an online course, and has been extended through 2022. Our recently developed online workshops with interactive assessments 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 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 following form.

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No Tuition – CardioStart is Free


There is no tuition charge thanks to the generous support of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology 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

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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.

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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 from 12:00PM – 1:00pm 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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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.