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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Office of Undergraduate Research

MIRA: Motivating Educational Diversity at WSU

Christian Ibarra prepares a sample to be imaged while working in the lab.
Shown above: WSU undergraduate student Christian Ibarra prepares a sample for imaging while working on a neurobiology research project with his mentor, Rita Fuchs Lokensgard.
Christian Ibarra prepares a sample to be imaged while working in the lab.
Shown above: WSU undergraduate student Christian Ibarra prepares a sample for imaging while working on a neurobiology research project with his mentor, Rita Fuchs Lokensgard.

  • Receive financial awards to help cover up to four years of tuition, summer research, and a summer bridge program
  • Gain hands-on experience
  • Work with mentors through lab rotations
  • Complete an undergraduate science, math, or engineering degree
  • Matriculate into a biomedical Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. program
  • Pursue a career in biomedical research
  • Attend a national scientific meeting
  • Be a member of the WSU Honors College

Financial Support Includes:

  • $2,000 for students participating in summer bridge program
  • $12,000 during the academic year
  • $4,000 summer research experience

Training Activities Include:

  • Six-week summer bridge program that covers the following topics:
    • Chemistry
    • Computational skills
    • Math
    • Science communication
    • Lab rotations
  • Research training in labs with outstanding faculty at Washington State University
  • First-Year Success Seminar (UNIV 104)
  • Integrating research & professional writing
  • National scientific meeting attendance
  • Personalized advising and mentoring

About the ESTEEMED MIRA Program

ESTEEMED (Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity)

MIRA (Motivating Innovation and Research Achievement)

This program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and is a partnership of the Office of the Provost, the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, the Graduate School, Multicultural Student Services, and the LSAMP and McNair Scholars programs, with WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Honors College.

Program Directors

Mary Sánchez Lanier is Assistant Vice Provost and a professor (scholarly track) in the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB).

Alla Kostyukova is an associate professor in the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.

Samantha S. Gizerian is an associate professor (scholarly track) in the Dept. of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN).

Learn more about our program directors »