CVRC Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship


The CVRC student fellowship training program targets undergraduate junior or senior level college students with the goal to perform cardiovascular research. Cutting-edge therapies require modern technology as well as dedicated and innovative researchers. Sponsored by the UW-Madison Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC), the program requires mentors to be CVRC members who are experts in a cardiovascular field and have a demonstrated interest in mentoring successful scientists. Collaboratively, we will provide a 10-week training experience for undergraduate trainees in laboratories that address diseases including cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, myocardial regeneration, peripheral vascular disease, valvular disease, among others.


  • To be eligible for this program, an undergraduate student must be classified at the junior or senior academic status at the time of award activation, or may complete the fellowship immediately following graduation.
  • Student must have been enrolled full-time in the previous Spring semester and/or a recent graduate of an undergraduate degree program at a four-year college or university.
  • At the time of application, student must be a United States citizen, or a foreign national holding a student, exchange or permanent resident visa, including an F-1, H1, H1B, J1, PR, TC or TN visa.

Trainee Stipend: $6,000 per student for the 10-week research experience. (Stipends will be disbursed in accordance with UW-Madison scholarship payment guidelines and may be included in your educational institution’s financial award calculations)

Travel Funds: There will be funds to participate in the American Heart Association conference taking place in Chicago in the summer. Travel to be coordinated through the CVRC



Interested students should apply using the following link by April 12, 2024

A Selection Committee will review each application and successful applicants will be paired with a Sponsor. An email will follow with an acceptance form that requires the trainee’s signature.

We will start the 10-week training with an orientation in June 2024.  The purpose is to provide an opportunity for student trainees to meet program faculty. Laboratory safety, work ethic, and training expectations will be discussed.

On the last day of the training period, we will celebrate trainees’ completion of the program with a “mini symposium” in August 2024. All student trainees, their sponsors, and the graduate students and/or postdocs who mentored student trainees will gather to recognize trainees’ achievement through their presentations.