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REACH Program

What is the REACH Program?

The goal of this program is to provide comprehensive research training for W&M undergraduates through full-time summer faculty-mentored research with VCU Health Sciences faculty involved in cardiovascular health (construed broadly to include both direct biomedical topics as well as healthcare disparities, management of healthcare data, medical sociology, etc.). Students also participate in 1-credit W&M classes during the semesters before and after the summer research experience, and there is the possibility to continue the research through the academic year, the following summer, and for an Honors thesis.

Who Qualifies for the REACH Program

Students with a strong interest in research related to cardiovascular health are encouraged to apply for the program, which will include a 1-credit preparation class at W&M in Spring 2023, a full-time, 10-week (May 22-July 28) summer research experience with the Pauley Heart Center in Richmond, VA (including summer programming, a stipend, and free residential accommodation on the VCU campus), and a follow-up class at W&M in Fall 2023. Approximately 6-8 students will be selected for this opportunity.

The ideal candidate is a sophomore, but juniors and exceptional first-years will be considered. Students hoping for careers in health-related research, including those planning to obtain an MD or PhD, are strong candidates, but others will be considered.

2023 REACH Application

Please email [[dacris, Prof. Dan Cristol]] to request an application.

The deadline to submit your application is Nov. 18!


REACH Program Leila Mabudian '21

New REACH program offers W&M students strong biomedical research experience

In cancer treatment, the end goal is to cure or stop the spread of cancer. Four William & Mary students are calling this finish line into question, however, as they study the survivorship period in cancer patients through the Research Experience in All-around Cardiac Health program, otherwise known as REACH.