Health Sciences Diversity

CURE TBI Scholars Program


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has funded a partnership traumatic brain injury research program through the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (PSU-Hershey). The “Biomarkers and Drug Discovery Pipeline of TBI-Related Neurodegeneration” grant will include research opportunities for undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students whose career goals lie in clinical medicine, biomedical research, or public health and who have specific interest in TBI research or clinical care. The CURE TBI Scholars program will train students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical, health services or clinical research (African American, Hispanic/Latino American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or Native American) in mentored traumatic brain injury bench, clinical or translational research. 

Our entire team will support the training of URM students in TBI research by leveraging existing programs at Pitt. These structured programs will provide individually tailored research training, as well as foundation skills in the conduct of research and academic enrichment.  Over the life of the CURE TBI grant, eight (8) seats will be funded for undergraduate summer research, and four (4) seats for a post-baccalaureate experience designed to prepare students for doctoral study.

  • Summer research opportunities will be available to sophomore or junior students, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP), a 7 week mentored research program. Training will incorporate seminars, workshops, hands-on research and presentations.
  • Post-baccalaureate opportunities will be provided through the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Hot Metal Bridge Program (HMBP), a two-semester program of coursework and research designed to bridge the gap between the undergraduate degree and a graduate training program, and to help individuals prepare themselves for a successful program of doctoral studies. Students will participate fully in the life of the department where they are enrolled.

Preference in admission will be granted to Pennsylvania residents and students attending or graduating from Pennsylvania institutions of higher education, with targeted recruitment of students from Lincoln and Cheyney Universities.

Both programs will be housed on the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus. Students will choose a faculty mentor to work with for the duration of their respective  program.

Please take a look at our list of faculty mentors and read about their research interests!




To apply, please visit the Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) website by clicking the link below.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

​Rhonda Matthews

Assistant Director, Diversity Programs
School of Medicine



To apply, please visit the Hot Metal Bridge website by clicking the link below.  Follow the directions regarding timing and content of the application.

Hot Metal Bridge

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

​Philippa Carter

Director of Diversity Initiatives and Student Affairs
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences


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