The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine hosts undergraduate students each summer as part of an NIH-funded program to enhance diversity in biomedical sciences. Students from around the United States and Puerto Rico join faculty for a ten-week, research-focused experience that extends from Memorial Day weekend through the first week of August.
Students are matched with mentors based on their interests. Students work on specific research projects under the supervision of their mentor. Projects span a broad range of research, from the basic science of endothelial or epithelial cell biology to asthma epidemiology.
In addition to the research experience, students participate in a weekly journal club, during which they present primary research articles to their peers and members of the faculty. Students also attend a seminar series featuring faculty members from Johns Hopkins and the NIH. This forum provides students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and hear different perspectives on issues related to career development. Students interested in clinical medicine are given the opportunity to “round” with the Johns Hopkins Medicine residents, providing a glimpse of life in clinical medicine as a resident at an academic institution.
At the end of the summer, students present their work in a poster session.