American Heart Association - Undergraduate Student Fellowship Program (AHA-USF)

American Heart Association - Undergraduate Student Fellowship Program (AHA-USF)

The Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine American Heart Association - Undergraduate Student Fellowship (AHA-USF) Program in Cardiovascular Disease is supported by a grant from the American Heart Association.

The program provides support for students to spend 10 weeks in a biomedical research laboratory focused on cardiovascular research. The students in the AHA-USF program participate in weekly career development workshops and research seminars, in which students will have the opportunity to interact with basic science researchers and clinical cardiologists.

Penn State College of Medicine is committed to equal opportunity and maximizing our diversity, and thus encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, or persons who represent the first generation in their family to attend college.

Student participants in the American Heart Association Undergraduate Summer Fellowship are seen in 2018 with Program Director Dr. Christopher Yengo. The students and Dr. Yengo are pictured outdoors, with a tree behind them and a statue of Penn State's Nittany Lion mascot in front of them.
Student participants in the American Heart Association Undergraduate Summer Fellowship are seen in 2018 with Program Director Dr. Christopher Yengo.

Key Dates

  • Early December: Applications open for following summer
  • Early February: Application deadline
  • Early June: Start of internship and mandatory orientation date
  • Early August: Undergraduate Research Symposium and end of internship

COVID-19 Notice

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed academic life in the country, and many research institutions have closed their laboratories to visitors and outside students.

Consequently, Penn State College of Medicine's ability to offer undergraduate students on-campus research experiences through the summer AHA-USF program could be limited. While it is disappointing to consider canceling this summer research opportunity, it may be necessary to ensure the health and well-being of all in the community.

Although the program welcomes applications to AHA-USF, applicants should be aware that it may not be possible to offer this opportunity next summer.

Stipend

Interns will receive $4,000 (prior to taxes and rent) for the 10-week summer session.

Housing

Interns invited to participate in the program may elect to live on campus in our housing facilities at an affordable rate. See more information about our housing facilities.

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