BRUSH Summer Research Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and Michigan State University (MSU) are sponsoring the BRUSH Summer Research Program at MSU for undergraduate and veterinary students interested in the biomedical sciences and research-related careers. The goal of this program is to provide hands-on research exposure and graduate or professional school preparation opportunities for individuals who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. Program dates are May 17 to August 6, 2021. Undergraduate students earn a stipend of $4,800 and are provided room and board at MSU Residential Facilities. See the below links for more information.

COVID-19: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 BRUSH Summer Research Program was conducted remotely. The type of research projects the students pursued was modified due to the online format and included image analyses, sequence alignments, and other computational-based work that could be done entirely online. While remote learning moved our interactions to Zoom, that did not stop the BRUSH participants from developing a sense of community as the students spent time together during orientation week and at weekly meetings throughout the summer to discuss current topics in research and research-based careers. In addition, the BRUSH students had game night once a week and also met as a group three afternoons each week to discussion their research and progress. We plan to offer the BRUSH Program in person in 2021, but if public health safety requires us to work remotely or in a hybrid model, we have the experience and dedication to provide 2021 BRUSH participants with a rich and meaningful research experience.