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Enrichment Programs

College Programs

Access Summer Internship Program

The Access Summer Internship Program allows students to spend 10 weeks conducting research in a laboratory under the mentorship of an experienced scientist. Students attend lectures and discussions regarding the current status of biomedical research and the range of career opportunities available, attend workshops to sharpen their presentation and interview skills, and enroll in a GRE course to prepare them for examination.

The Successful and Productive Academic Research Careers Jr. (SPARC Jr.)

The Successful and Productive Academic Research Careers Jr. (SPARC Jr.) program targets undergraduates, and functions as a networking opportunity for students from all summer programs at Weill Cornell, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Students gain valuable advice regarding medical school/graduate school application, discuss financial aid, and are able to meet faculty members.

SPARC is an annual conference hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, conceived in direct response to the NIH’s call for a vigilant response to the underrepresentation of women, racial and ethnic minority investigators in academic research.

6th Annual SPARC Jr. Conference - July 25, 2016 (Recap)

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program (TSRF)

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program (TSRF) provides premedical students with deeper insight into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through laboratory and clinical research, this diverse group of students pursues specific research problems under the supervision of a faculty member. A lecture series also explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing students to an understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease - both of which are major problems in minority communities.

Summer fellows attend a series of presentations by minority physicians, who address issues of concern in their daily work in order to present a comprehensive picture of health care in minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced-year students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Fellows also receive counseling regarding medical school financial planning, including examination of financial aid packages. 

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Weill Ithaca Summer Experience in Research (WISER)

Weill Ithaca Summer Experience in Research (WISER) is a joint program between Cornell Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medicine. Four to five students, with interest in public health, community health or health disparities research, are selected to participate in this paid summer program.

Accepted students are assigned to a community organization, and guided through the process of developing a research question embedded within an existing project. Students participate in journal clubs, didactic courses on health disparities and research ethics, community-based participatory research, preliminary data analysis and scientific data presentation. They work on projects as a group, providing feedback to their peers, and eventually complete a written and oral presentation of their work. Through WISER, Weill Cornell is able to build pipelines to biomedical research, and to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in academic medicine.

High School Programs

The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is a national program addressing the issues of declining minority enrollment rates in health professions, specifically in medicine. The program exposes high school sophomores and juniors to specific career fields and the steps needed to become a health care provider.

HPREP sessions are held on Friday afternoons from January through March. Students speak with physicians from Weill Cornell Medical College, and participate in small group workshops led by medical students. Participants submit a short research paper on a pre-approved subject at the conclusion of the program.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) - Weill Cornell Medicine Chapter 

The Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program (WCYSP)

The Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program (WCYSP) is a three-week summer enrichment program targeting current underprivileged high school juniors with have an interest in science and medicine. The WCYSP embodies critical early intervention in shaping a student's future, and therefore seeks to endow students with the skills and experience necessary to fulfill their vast potential. The curriculum consists of basic science lectures (primarily given by medical students, residents, and physicians), faculty spotlight sessions, problem-based learning sessions, mentor/mentee sessions, and visits to the anatomy lab.

Topics covered include medical ethics, organ systems biology, nutrition, infectious disease, embryology, disease pathogenesis, immunology and chronic conditions. The WCYSP starts on the first Tuesday of July, and runs four days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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