Enhancing Virology Training Summer Research Program
The overall goal of “Enhancing Virology Training (ENVIT) through Summer Research” is to prepare and increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students in virology-focused careers through didactic, hands-on, mentored, and career-development training.
Provide students with a 10-week virology research training that include didactic lectures in fundamentals of virology and career-development topics for a virology-focused research and education career.
Promote evidence-based education in virology by training the students on the methods in fundamental virology research and specialized research techniques in a laboratory setting.
Engage each student with leading virology researchers (faculty mentor, students, postdoctoral fellows and staff) to stimulate their interest to consider further education and training in the area of virology.
Develop oral and poster presentation skills of students through scientific presentations of their research internally at MMC Virology Summer Symposium and externally at one national conference.
Fully Paid Summer Research Experience in cutting edge virology focused research.
Obtain didactic and hands-on training in basic, translational and/or clinical research.
Mentored research training in the laboratory of highly accomplished investigators.
Participate in weekly research seminar series in virology
Participate in small-group learning sessions in virology
Improve interview and oral presentation skills
Training in critical and independent thinking
Interact with faculty and students at Meharry and Vanderbilt
Present and participate in local and national meetings on virology focused research
Chandravanu “CV” Dash, Ph.D.
LaMonica Stewart, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director
Jui Pandhare, Ph.D.
Virology Mini-Course Director
Muthukumar Balasubramaniam, Ph.D.
Virology Research Laboratory Training Director
Evangeline Motley-Johnson, Ph.D.
Chair of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC)
Students must be US citizens or permanent residents
Currently enrolled in medical school, dental school, or a PhD graduate program
Have an interest in pursuing biomedical research
Have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0
February 5th: Application Deadline
March – April: Notification of acceptance into program
Mid May – July: ENVIT Program
Meet our Scholars
An admissions and selection committee will be responsible for choosing the students who will participate in the summer program based on the application, letters of recommendation, academic performance (GPA), and potential interest in an academic research career.
Students will be asked to rank their top four labs (or research areas) in order of interest on their application form. This information will be used by the admissions and selection committee to match applicants with an appropriate mentor.
Fully Paid Training Program. Travel to and from Nashville, Housing, Subsistence (participants can use to cover cost of transportation, meals, etc.)