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Summer Research Program

In June 2022, the inaugural VA Office of Research and Development (ORD)-sponsored Summer Research Programs (SRPs) welcomed 115 student participants at 21 VA sites across the country. This three year pilot program is a cornerstone of ORD's efforts to strengthen and diversify the VA scientific work force by offering research experiences to Veterans, children of Veterans, and underrepresented students. Of note, this first cohort of students included 74 college students, 8 graduate students, 11 high school students, 17 medical students, 3 medical professional students, and 2 VA employees.

 VA ORD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative Summer Research Program map

ORD Summer Research Program locations are indicated with stars..

For questions regarding the VA ORD Summer Research Program, please contact, or any of the site point of contacts (POCs) listed below.

SRP Site

Focus Area

Website/POC email

Site PI

Asheville, NC VAMC

Multi-disciplinary, including bench science, mental health, primary care, and nursing

Karla Weidner, Paula Geigle

Baltimore VAMC

Data science, geriatrics and aging science, rehabilitation and whole health;
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Beth Hogans and Odessa Addison

Bedford, MA

Health services research and implementation science

Donald Keith McInnes

Boston VAHCS

AI in medicine, clinical research

Satish Singh

Boston VAHCS

Neuroscience and Mental Health Research

Robert Strecker

Central Western Massachusetts VAMC

Women’s Health

Kristin Mattocks, Amy Kroll-Dersosiers

Charleston VAMC

Bench Science and Clinical Science:

Cardiology (heart failure, myocardial infarction); Vascular (stroke, aortic aneurysm); Orthopedics (bone repair); Immunology (cellular immune system)

Neurology (brain, sleep, cognitive function) Mental Health (PTSD, suicide prevention, substance abuse)

Rehabilitation Research:

Human Rehabilitation Science; Stroke Recovery; Gait analysis; Neurocognitive studies

Health Services Research:

Health services delivery; Quality improvement studies; Data science; Health Care access studies
Charleston SURF Application 2023

R. Amanda LaRue and Jeffrey Jones

Cleveland VAMC

A) Prosthetics/Orthotics, B) Neural interfaces, C) Health Monitoring and Maintenance, D) Activity-Based Neurorehabilitation, E) Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Detection of Disease



Jeffrey Capadona

Columbia, SC VAMC

Neurobiology of stress, cardiovascular disease, obesity, women’s health, Gulf War Illness Syndrome, and renal disease.

Michael Ryan

Hines VAMC, Hines IL

Veterans with disabilities, whole health, infectious diseases, antibiotic stewardship, and QUERI funded projects

Website and application

Charlesnika Evans

Minneapolis VAMC

Veteran Mental Health

Program Director:


Melissa Polusny

Snezana Urosevic

Nashville VAMC

Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology

Holly Algood

Oklahoma VAMC

Bench/preclinical science


Robert Hal Scofield

Phoenix VAMC


Diane Parrington

Pittsburgh VAMC

Rehabilitation engineering, Assistive technology design and development, Bioengineering, Clinical research


Project proposals

POC:D. Joshua Marino, at

Rory Cooper

Providence RI VAMC

Long-term services and support

Whitney Mills

Puget Sound VAHCS (Seattle)

Cachexia/sarcopenia (clinical and pre-clinical research) and TBI-related hormone dysfunction (clinical research)

Jose Garcia and Lindsey Anderson

Rocky Mountain VAHCS (Aurora, CO)

Suicide Prevention


Lisa Brenner, Samantha Hack

VA Caribbean VACHS (San Juan, PR)

Clinical Research (Health Disparities Research, TBI, Mental Health, Cardiac, Pulmonary, Cancer, Gastro, Nuclear Medicine, Women Health)

Irma Molina-Vicenty

Southern Arizona VAHCS, Tucson, AZ

Medical student research focusing on clinical and basic science investigations

Jason Wertheim

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