The Anesthesiology Summer Research Fellowship program (ASSURE) provides undergraduate students from the St. Louis metro area an opportunity to engage in basic, clinical, and/or translational research projects. Fellows will engage in immersive 10-week summer projects under the mentorship of a Department of Anesthesiology faculty member.

ASSURE fellows will also have the opportunity to attend educational programs and social activities with fellow research trainees participating in other WashU summer research programs. The ASSURE fellowship program acknowledges the importance of collaboration and encourages fellows to become part of an integrated research community that spans both the Danforth and Medical School campuses. 

Research Opportunities

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

Fellows will work closely learning from senior lab members by working on a well-defined research project. During the program, the candidates will be trained in the specific scientific techniques relevant to the project, as well as in the fundamentals of experimental design, data interpretation, and scientific communication. 

lab research

Areas of Basic Research

  • neurobiology of pain
  • itch
  • sleep
  • stress and addiction/substance use disorders
  • cell biology
  • biophysics
  • pharmacology of analgesic and anesthetic drugs

Areas of Clinical Research

  • 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

Stipend and Housing

Students who are awarded a fellowship position will receive a stipend of $6,500* (paid in monthly installments on the last business day of May, June, and July), a MetroLink pass to use for local public transportation in St. Louis, and single-room shared campus housing** with other undergraduate research students for the 10-week fellowship.

* The stipend is in addition to having housing costs fully covered.
** To enhance interactions with other trainees at WashU, we offer paid on-campus housing in the same facilities as the ENDURE program students.  

Activities, Progress Reports, and Presentations

Students receiving summer funding through this fellowship program will present their summer work at the end of the program. Fellows will also attend a research ethics workshop sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research, as well as the STAR 100: Research Lifecycle course. Participation in journal clubs and data blitzes is also strongly encouraged.