The Engaging Students in Aging Research (ESAR) program is an exciting PAID opportunity for Community College students to participate in an eight-week summer research program and a year-long continuum at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU).
ESAR program participants who transfer to CDU to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public health will be eligible to receive a 60% tuition scholarship. * For more details about the scholarship, please click the link below:
The goal of ESAR is to provide first year socioeconomically disadvantaged community college students with hands-on experience and training in scientific research aligned with the scientific mission of the National Institute of Aging.
The program will also provide community college students with workshops, near-peer mentoring, and skills to enable them to successfully apply to a 4-year college or university and subsequently be prepared to pursue a health profession or scientific research career.
The application is open now and due no later than 11:59 pm PST, Monday, March 18, 2024
Application can be found on the “Application” tab
The ESAR Program seeks to provide students with research experiences and academic enhancement training that will empower students to make a difference in their communities and become involved in science and health professional careers. The goal of the program is to increase the number of URM community college students who are prepared to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences.
The ESAR Program is a two-component program that includes an 8-week Summer Research Training Program and a year-round Pathway to Research Careers Continuum. The Summer Research Training Program will take place at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Participants will engage in a hands-on research project under the guidance of an established researcher working in areas related to aging research. In addition, participants will participate in a virtual Orientation via Zoom. Participants will be required to attend a hybrid mandatory weekly enrichment workshop focused on aging research. During the academic school year, students will participate in an Academic Enrichment Program to enhance the academic skills necessary for students to be prepared to transfer to a four-year college/university.
Mentored by a world-renowned Research Mentor
Participation in scientific and educational workshops
Enhance research skills
Receive guidance and support with transferring to a 4-year college/university
Enhance academic skills to pursue a career in research and/or medicine
Assigned to a near-peer advisor
Opportunities to attend national meetings
Participation in our Annual Research Symposium
Receive a stipend of up to $10,000 for participation over the year.
Become eligible to receive a 60% tuition scholarship after transferring to CDU’s Bachelor of Public Health Program
To be eligible to participate in the ESAR Program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Current First Year Community College Student (Must have completed at least one semester)
Have a disadvantaged family background, defined as: 1) a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, 2) an educational environment that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.
US citizen or permanent resident
Have taken at least one college course in the domains listed below:
Have a composite grade point average of 3.2 or above in this coursework.
Official Academic Transcript (Unofficial can be uploaded with the application. Official required upon accepted into the Program). Please visit https://www.parchment.com to request your official transcript and use firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient.
Two Letters of Recommendation (One from faculty/academic counselor, emailed by your recommenders to email@example.com)