The Intensive Summer Education Program in Translation Research for Underrepresented Students (INSPIRE-US program) at Case Western Reserve University aims to address the issue of the underrepresentation of racial minorities (URMs) in the Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) workforce. The program achieves this by introducing URM undergraduates to various activities designed to increase their awareness of CTS careers and pathways, boost their self-efficacy, and provide them with a learning community where they feel valued, included, and motivated to pursue a future career in CTS.
The INSPIRE-US program is a 10-week summer program designed to promote greater diversity in clinical and translational science by providing an intensive education in translation research for URM undergraduates. The program offers mentored research experiences, career coaching and planning, journal clubs, social networking, and classroom instruction on the fundamentals of CTS.
Participants in the program will be assigned to one of three thematic areas, which include the biological basis of health and illness, clinical and public health research, and health technology and innovation. Throughout the program, participants will receive guidance and support from a career coach and their research mentors as they gain hands-on research experience and develop their skills in CTS.
What is Clinical and Translational Science (CTS)?
The National Institutes of Health defines clinical and translational science as converting observations made in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that enhance the health of individuals and the public at large. This includes everything from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes.
Eligible Program Participants
To be eligible to apply for the program, you must:
- Have an interest in a career related to clinical and translational science
- Proof of current undergraduate enrollment status (e.g., transcript, letter from advisor, or registrar) indicating good standing at college or university. Students enrolled at a community college are encouraged to apply.
- Identify as an underrepresented racial minority (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander).
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident
As part of the program, participants will receive a stipend of $800 per week, amounting to a total of $8,000 over the 10-week duration. Along with this, they will also be provided up to $1,000 to aid with housing expenses, up to $500 to assist with travel expenses, and an additional $1,000 to cover expenses related to research.