Medical Students Cardiovascular Research and Discovery Opportunities

MS CARDIO inside a heart

Are you a medical student interested in cardiovascular research? 
If so, join us in the MS-CARDIO program!

Applications are now being Accepted!



Karen Stokes, PhD
MS-CARDIO Program Director

Program Overview

The purpose of MS-CARDIO is to provide an opportunity for medical students to perform cardiovascular research in the lab of a CCDS faculty member. The program will run for 5 weeks, 40 hours per week, over the summer, with the opportunity to extend your research time into the Fall.

 Program Dates: To be Announced for Summer 2024 


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Deadline to Apply: 2024

How To Apply - Email the following to

  1. Your unofficial transcript
  2. A summary of prior research experience (including techniques you have learned)
  3. A brief personal statement describing why you want to participate in MS CARDIO, and how the program will help with your future career goals (500 words maximum)
  4. Your top four choices (in order of preference) for your mentor (Listed Below). While we will make every effort to give you one of these choices, please understand this may not be possible.

In addition, 2 professional reference letters should be emailed directly by the referees to:
ATTN: Dr. Karen Stokes, MS-CARDIO


Students who are currently enrolled in the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, and are able to commit to the full program are eligible. Some flexibility on an earlier summer start date may be possible if the mentor can accommodate; however, students are required to attend all enrichments, the seminar and the poster session, and must complete 5 full-time weeks of research by July 14, 2023.

What to Expect

Students in the program will:

  • attend a brief orientation before the end of the school year
  • participate in enrichments
  • mentor an undergraduate student in the CURIOUS Program
  • attend the seminar of, and meet with, a nationally recognized speaker invited to visit over the summer
  • present at the end-of-program poster session on  August 2nd  (we are working with Academic Affairs to ensure there is no clash with class/exams)
  • receive a stipend of $2,000 for the 5 weeks research, plus $700 upon the end-of-program poster presentation
  • present their work at the CCDS Symposium, held on the first Monday of February, attend the Malcolm Feist Lecture on Translational Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, and meet with the Feist seminar speaker (class/exam schedule permitting) – this comes with a $500 award
  • receive up to $1,000 towards travel for presentation of their work at a national conference

Additional Opportunities

Students who continue their projects into the fall will be provided with a further stipend of $800 and will be expected to present their work at the MSRP poster session.