Anesthesiology Summer Research Fellowship (ASSURE)

June 1, 2022 – August 6, 2022

Applications for the Summer 2022 cycle will open on January 1, 2022.


The ASSURE fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides underrepresented minority college students from the St. Louis metro area an opportunity to engage in basic, clinical, and/or translational research projects. Candidates do not need to have prior research experience to apply.

Under the mentorship of a Department of Anesthesiology faculty member, ASSURE fellows will work on projects in a lab or clinical setting, meet with mentors, attend journal clubs, engage in professional development opportunities, receive assistance with graduate school preparation planning, and gain valuable research experience.

Available Research Opportunities

This program is heavily mentored and each awardee will work closely with mentor(s) and students at various stages in their academic career. Fellows will participate in research opportunities across the translational research spectrum – from fundamental laboratory research into disease pathophysiology at the cellular level to clinical research involving human patients.

Additional areas of research are as follows:

lab research

Areas of Basic Research

Examples include neurobiology of pain, itch, sleep, stress and addiction/substance use disorders, cell biology, biophysics, pharmacology of analgesic and anesthetic drugs.

Areas of Clinical Research

Examples include prediction, prevention, and treatment of undesired surgical outcomes; Acute and chronic pain; Mental health disorders; Neurocognitive disorders
Critical illness; COVID-19; Utilizing informatics and machine learning to improve patient outcomes.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Research opportunities with experienced faculty
  • $6,500 stipend
  • Free St. Louis public transportation pass (MetroLink)
  • University campus housing with other undergraduate research students
  • Exposure to mentors and students at various stages in their academic careers
  • Mentorship & guidance from our trainee-run diversity committee, CREATE
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Graduate school preparation planning

The ASSURE fellowship will welcome the first cohort of fellows in the summer of 2021 with the goals of better attracting, training, mentoring, and providing long-term career support for students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field.