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Other summer programs at CUIMC

Several other research and summer enrichment programs for high school and college students from underrepresented communities in science and medicine were active this summer, including:

Summer Health Professions Program

This simulation-based summer program, new in 2022, aims to improve racial and ethnic diversity in the health care workforce, widely considered a key strategy to combat racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes. The program hopes to inspire local high school students to pursue careers in the health professions through hands-on experience with medical simulators and personal meetings with health care professionals.

The program, created by Kellie Bryant, DNP, assistant dean of clinical affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing, and Allison Lee, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology, David Wang, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and Yarisell Hernandez by Roger Lehecka The Double Discovery Center is funded through the Addressing Racism: A Call to Action for Higher Education initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.

SHPEP (Summer Health Professions Education Program)

Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free six-week summer enrichment and residential program for first- and second-year college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP in Columbia started in 2001.

SPHSP (Public Health Scholars Summer Program)

The Public Health Scholars Summer Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students and its purpose is to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership of Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dentistry, School of Nursing, and Mailman School of Public Health.


The SPURS program, initiated under the direction of Andrew Marks, MD, chair of the Department of Cellular Physiology and Biophysics at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, brings college students from around the country to campus laboratories for intensive research experiences.

SPURS is in its 21st year and is designed to expand the pool of medical and biomedical research applicants from diverse and economically disadvantaged groups whose members have been underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

The CURE Program at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

CURE aims to strengthen the pool of students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged groups, including first-generation college students, entering cancer-related research fields. Since 2015, the program facilitates hands-on research experiences in clinical, basic and population sciences in cancer research for high school and undergraduate students.

Program to Inspire Minority and Underserved Students in Environmental Health Sciences Research (PrIMER)

PrIMER is a research program for full-time undergraduate students from typically underrepresented backgrounds in STEM fields. Funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, PrIMER offers research trainees from colleges and universities in the New York City area the opportunity to gain valuable research experience in the environmental health sciences.

Biostatistical Epidemiology Diversity Summer Training Program (BEST)

BEST was created to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences workforce by introducing students from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students join the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for eight weeks of research, training, academic and career planning, and social activities in New York City.

Visit the Office of the Provost website for information on programs in other Columbia schools and departments.

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