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The ASPIRE Research Buddy Program

The ASPIRE Research Buddy Program provides undergraduates with the valuable research experience needed before medical school. Once selected, students are paired with medical school students and faculty mentors within Tulane Medical School's ASPIRE Program, allowing for a triad mentorship learning experience. Upon completing the program, students will develop an abstract and poster presentation on the research they conducted. Many students continue their research well beyond summer with the connections they made during the program.

The ASPIRE Research Buddy Program is the premier inclusion program within Office of Undergraduate Research. It prioritizes applicants who remain underrepresented in the medical field, those being Black, Hispanic, Vietnamese, as well as first-generation college students—though all undergraduates are encouraged to apply. The inaugural year of this program was funded by a generous gift to Newcomb-Tulane College from Tomi Prvulovic with the intention to enhance undergraduate research

The Value in Participating

Beyond starting a research career early as an undergraduate student, additional benefits include:

  • Training in proper research techniques and laboratory etiquette from actual medical student.
  • Firsthand lab experience and an awarded certificate of completion you can add to your resume and discuss in a medical school interview.
  • Free on-campus boarding and dining plan during this eight-week-program.
  • Regular check-ins with assigned faculty advisors for additional support and guidance.
  • Accreditation as a second or third-author on a Tulane Medical School research paper.

Requirements and Eligibility

  • You must submit a cover letter and a faculty recommendation (emailed to ntcgrants@tulane.edu) with your application. Applications will undergo a two-part approval process between Newcomb-Tulane College and the Tulane Medical School before final acceptances are delivered.
  • You must be an undergraduate student in good academic standing and conduct.
  • Preference is given to students who remain underrepresented in medicine (URiM)

Summer 2022

Application Timeline

  • Tuesday, February 8: Application opens
  • Friday, March 18: Deadline for submissions
  • Friday, April 8: Decisions announced

Program Timeline

  • TBA

Application link