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Ready to explore the breadth of cardiovascular research? 

The UH-CURE (Cardiovascular Undergraduate Research Experience) Program, supported by the National Institutes of Health, is seeking students interested in exploring the diverse opportunities in cardiovascular research at the University of Houston. In this 10-week summer research program, participants will immerse themselves in comprehensive research that spans a wide range of fields from fundamental science to population health. Each participant will receive a $6,000 stipend in addition to on-campus room and board at UH and travel costs covered by NIH. 

All eligible students are invited to apply!

Applications closed on Sunday, March 31, 2024.

Thank you for applying to UH-CURE. Due to a large volume of applications, we are in the process of reviewing and will notify you as soon as possible.


Application Process 

A complete application includes: 

  • One-page Personal Statement on student’s interest in cardiovascular research, future career aspirations, and goals to accomplish in the program. 
  • Two Recommendation Letters are to be submitted from the reference person through the online submission tab. Applicants must provide a recommendation submission link to references. Please title document as “[Applicant name] NIH 2024” 
  • Updated CV or Resume(PDF) 
  • Official Transcript(s)(PDF) preferred; unofficial transcripts (PDF) must contain proper identifying information, such as name, university, and semester. 
  • All required fields completed 
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents  
  • Must have completed at least one undergraduate year at an accredited school or university 
  • Must be actively enrolled in an accredited school or university to be eligible for participation 
  • 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 GPA scale); Extenuating circumstances will be considered 

Per participant: 

  • $6,000 stipend for participating in the 10 week summer program 
  • Additional funds to aid with travel to and from the University of Houston for summer research experience 
  • On-campus housing for the duration of the program plus food allowance 
  • Travel costs covered for travel to the internationally recognized American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) Scientific Sessions  

If awarded, participants will receive on-campus housing at no extra cost. Students are expected to live on campus for the duration of the program. 

  • Full-time participation in research and enrichment activities 
  • Completion of necessary safety training and responsible conduct of research training 
  • Completion of progression surveys throughout the program and beyond 
  • Annual update on academic and career activities 
  • Applications Open: January 2024 
  • Deadline for Applications and Letters of Recommendation: Sunday, March 31, 2024 
  • Applicants Notified: Friday, April 12, 2024 
  • Applicant Reply Deadline: Sunday, April 21, 2024 
  • Virtual Orientation Week of May 20, 2024 
  • Program Start: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 
  • AHA Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Conference: July 22-25, 2024 
  • Program End: Friday, August 2, 2023 


Rajender Aparasu
College of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy

Bettina Beech
Fertitta College of Medicine
Population Health

Krishna Boini
College of Pharmacy
Renal Pharmacology

Hua Chen
College of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy

John Craft
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Molecular Modeling

Gregory Cuny
Medicinal Chemistry

Elena Grigorenko
College of Liberal Arts and Social Science
Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience

Preethi Gunaratne
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Genomics and Transcriptomics 

Renita Horton
Cullen College of Engineering
Cardiac Biomedical Engineering 

Ioannis Kakadiaris
Cullen College of Engineering 
Artificial Intelligence 

Ashok Kumar
Muscle Pharmacology

Kirill Larin
Cullen College of Engineering 
Optical Techniques and Biomedical Engineering

Xinlin Liu
Drug Delivery, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics 

Yu Liu
Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
Developmental Muscle Biology

David Mayerich
Cullen College of Engineering
Image Computer Engineering and Visualization Algorithms

Bradley McConnell
Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Chandra Mohan
Cullen College of Engineering
Proteomics and Biomedical Engineering 

Muna Naash
Cullen College of Engineering 
Ocular Gene Delivery and Biomedical Engineering

Robert Schwartz
Cardiac Developmental Biology
Cardiac Dvelopmental Biology

Mingfu Wu
Cardiac Pharmacology 
Cardiac Pharmacology

Yang Zhang
Vascular Pharmacology

BCVS Conference

During this summer, the 2024 UH-CURE cohort will attend the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) Scientific Sessions, a prestigious global conference renowned for groundbreaking cardiovascular research. At this conference, UH-CURE fellows will interact with fellow passionate scientists, immersing themselves in discussions and presentations concerning the latest advancements in cardiovascular disease therapeutics. They will have the opportunity to network with leading experts in areas such as microRNAs, cardiac gene therapy, tissue engineering, and beyond. Importantly, fellows will establish valuable connections with like-minded peers who share their enthusiasm for a career in research.  

The BCVS event is scheduled to take place in Chicago, Illinois, from July 22 to July 25. All fellows will have their lodging, travel, and registration expenses covered through their research stipend.

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