American Heart Association – Western States Affiliate’s Undergraduate Student Research Program

Students are assigned to leading biomedical research laboratories in California, Nevada or Utah for a ten-week period during the summer to work under the direct supervision of experienced scientists.  The projects students work on range from basic molecular research to direct physiological studies.  Examples include signal transduction, gene expression, vascular wall biology, ion transport and cellular physiology.  Some opportunities for participation in more clinical investigations are also available.

Host Institution(s)

Various leading institutions in the field.

Citizenship Requirements

Be a United States citizen, or a foreign national holding a student, exchange or permanent resident visa, including an F-1, H1, H1B, J1, PR, TC or TN visa.


•    Attend an institution in California, Nevada or Utah, or be a resident of one of these states.
•    Have junior or senior academic status in the Fall of 2009. 

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