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Summer Programs - CURIOUS Group

High school and college students participating in summer programs at LSU Health Shreveport completed their summer research projects this week. LSU Health Shreveport has been providing summer research opportunities for K-12 and undergraduate students for more than 20 years. Over three days, 40 students shared their research findings that they worked on for eight weeks in their respective programs. The NIH-funded summer Research Education Program, known locally as the CURIOUS program, kicked off the week of poster sessions on Wednesday, July 24. The Office of Diversity Affairs’ summer programs, the Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) and the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (UGRAP), held their poster session on Thursday, July 25. The Summer Undergraduate Pharmacology Experience in Research (SUPER) program wrapped up the week with their poster session on Friday, July 26.


CURIOUS (Cardiovascular Undergraduate Research Initiative fOr Underrepresented Students) is a NIH (National Institutes of Health)-funded summer research program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students interested in pursuing research as part of their scientific or clinical career goals The highly competitive NIH R25 Research Education Program grant that supports the CURIOUS program was received by LSU Health Shreveport for the first time in 2019. Ten outstanding students were selected from across the United States to spend the summer in Shreveport and participate in the 8-week intensive cardiovascular research program on LSUHS’ campus. Each student was assigned a mentor and participated in weekly enrichment activities in addition to conducting research and preparing a project to present at the conclusion of the program. Top students will be invited back for a second year to continue their research and participate in more advanced enrichment activities.

Summer Programs - CURIOUS Group

Office of Diversity Affairs

The Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) and the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (UGRAP) are summer enrichment programs led by the Office of Diversity Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport. JSEP is a program for Caddo and Bossier Parish high school students. During this 8-week summer program, students are assigned a LSUHS faculty mentor and spend 40 hours a week in laboratories and clinics performing hands-on research projects designed to support their interest in science and prepare them to pursue a healthcare career. UGRAP is an 8-week research apprenticeship program designed for undergraduate college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in Biomedical Research, Medicine or Allied Health Professions. Students have a LSUHS faculty member as a mentor for the summer and work alongside scientists, doctors and laboratory personnel in research labs. At the end of their 8-week programs, JSEP and UGRAP students present the findings of their summer research projects at a poster session that demonstrates the skills they learned in scientific writing and data analysis.

JSEP UGRAP Group 2019


The Summer Undergraduate Pharmacology Experience in Research (SUPER) is a summer internship program in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, & Neuroscience that provides career opportunities pharmacology, toxicology, carcinogenesis, chemoprevention, neuropharmacology, and neuroscience graduate research. For the past 8 weeks, four college students have interned in a research laboratory at LSU Health Shreveport. Each student works on their own research project and is mentored by participating LSUHS faculty members.

SUPER students 2019

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