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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 by yellow stars.

For questions regarding the VA ORD Summer Research Program, please contact Dr. Mark Roltsch at

SRP Site

Contact Principal Investigator

Asheville, NC VAMC

Jessica O'Leary

Baltimore VAMC

Beth Hogans

Bedford, MA

Donald Keith McInnes

Boston VAHCS

Satish Singh

Boston VAHCS

Robert Strecker

Central Western Massachusetts VAMC

Kristin Mattocks

Charleston VAMC

R. Amanda LaRue

Cleveland VAMC

Jeffrey Capadona

Columbia, SC VAMC

Michael Ryan

Hines VAMC

Charlesnika Evans

Minneapolis VAMC

Melissa Polusny

Nashville VAMC

Holly Algood

Oklahoma VAMC

Robert Hal Scofield

Phoenix VAMC

Diane Parrington

Pittsburgh VAMC

Rory Cooper

Providence VAMC

Whitney Mills

Puget Sound VAHCS

Jose Garcia

Rocky Mountain VAHCS

Lisa Brenner

San Juan, PR

Irma Molina-Vicenty

Sierra Nevada VAHCS

Mark Riddle

Southern Arizona VAHCS

Jason Wertheim


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