Heart, Lung and Blood (HLB) Summer Research Program

2018 Sources Poster Session- HLB

Program Dates: Approximately June 7 - July 30, 2021

For students on a quarter-system, we will provide some flexibility with your program dates.

View a sample summer schedule.


The Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Research Program is designed to engage 12 diverse undergraduates and 8 medical students in state-of-the art biomedical research in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematological and sleep disorders research.

Students who belong to groups underrepresented in biomedical sciences are eligible to apply. In general, this includes students who are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Latino, Puerto Rican, Pacific Islanders, students from low-income families, or those with disabilities. Please note that you must be a US citizen or Permanent resident to participate.

Participants will enjoy weekly seminars that highlight research in these disciplines, as well as activities that encourage interaction among all students engaged in summer research.

The program will culminate in a poster session required for all undergraduates and non-CWRU medical students. CWRU medical students will present their work in the subsequent CWRU Lepow Day event.

Research Mentors

After acceptance, participants will be matched with a faculty member whose research is of interest to the student (see Faculty Preceptors). Only faculty of Case Western Reserve University may serve as research mentors.


$1750 per month, minimum two months ($3500). Students who participate for longer periods will have additional pro-rated stipend support. We will provide up to $500 in travel expenses from your home to Cleveland (and back!). Some support toward dormitory housing (approximate housing cost before support: $1700) may be available.

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, you must complete the online application, submit three letters of recommendation, and supply unofficial transcript from your undergraduate institution. Please note that an official transcript will be required if accepted into the program.


Your application to the CWRU Heart, Lung and Blood (HLB) Summer Research Program will be done online through the School of Graduate Studies application site.  You will be required to create an account prior to completing the application. Use our HLB Application Preview to get a feel for the information you will be asked and some additional instructions.

Letters of Recommendation

The recommendation process will also occur online. Please be sure to have the emails of your recommenders available. In the “Recommender Message” section, please indicate to the recommender that you are applying to Case Western Reserve University HLB. We will then contact your recommenders via email to submit their recommendation online.


Unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate institution that you currently or have attended should be uploaded in the transcript section of the online application. Medical student applicants should substitute a letter from your medical school confirming status as a current student in good standing in lieu of transcripts.  You will be required to submit official transcripts if you are accepted to CWRU HLB.  Medical student status letters can be emailed to Malana Bey at mcb19@case.edu or mailed to:

Office of Graduate Education
School of Medicine Room TG1
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106



The application deadline is March 15, 2021. Seniors who are graduating in May or June 2021 are not eligible for this program. 


To be notified when the 2021 application is open, please click here.



Monica Montano, PhD


Tel: 216-368-3378

Email: monica.montano@case.edu

Joseph Williams, MPA


Tel: 216-368-0529

Email: jxw26@case.edu

Malana Bey,

HLB Program Administrator

Tel: 216-368-5655

Email: malana.bey@case.edu