Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute (STCSI)

A Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity

The College of Engineering and the College of Health and Human Development announce the 2018 Penn State Summer Translational Cardiovascular Science Institute. This program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is available to undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in cardiovascular science who have completed 60 to 90 credits and have a grade point average of 3.5 or greater.

Priority selection will be given to students who have already been accepted as trainees in the laboratories of faculty members participating in the STCSI, but who have not yet started research projects, and to students with long-term (more than two years) commitments to their mentors’ laboratories.

The STCSI will fund up to eight undergraduate students to conduct research related to cardiovascular disease, focusing in particular on the cellular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease pathology and the determinants of cardiovascular disease risk across the lifespan. This research will be conducted during summer 2018 (both sessions) under the direction of one or more faculty members from the Penn State STCSI.

The Program

Program Dates: May 29 -- August 3, 2018

Application Deadline:  January 5, 2018

Stipend: A stipend of $4,000 will be provided for each student to cover living expenses

In addition to conducting research, students will attend a weekly seminar series throughout the summer that will focus on four main areas:

  1. understanding cardiovascular disease risk incidence and assessment from infancy to old age
  2. identifying the mechanisms that underlie cardiovascular pathophysiology using human and animal models
  3. understanding behavioral intervention research strategies to positively affect cardiovascular disease risk
  4. identifying core technologies and novel applications of nano-scale biotechnology to better understand cardiovascular disease biology and development of novel therapeutic interventions

Who Should Apply

The program is open to undergraduate students at Penn State and neighboring Pennsylvania colleges and universities who have completed 60-90 academic credits and have a grade point average of 3.5 or greater. Priority is given to students who demonstrate a strong interest in cardiovascular science and those that have been accepted as trainees in participating faculty research labs.

Faculty Research

Contact Information

  • Keefe Manning, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery
  • Jim Pawelczyk, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology
Apply for research fellowship
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2018


The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

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