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Weill-Ithaca Summer Experience in Research (WISER) is a joint program between Cornell Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medicine geared to provide historically underrepresented and/or low income students who are members of the Pre-Professional Programs (P3) with biomedical research guidance and field experience.

Six students with interest in public health, community health or health disparities research, are selected to participate in this paid six-week summer program in New York City. Accepted students are assigned to a community organization, and guided through the process of developing a research question embedded within an existing project. Students participate in journal clubs, didactic courses on research ethics, community-based participatory research, preliminary data analysis and scientific data presentation. They work on projects as a group, providing feedback to their peers, and eventually complete a written and oral presentation of their work.

Through WISER, Weill Cornell is able to build pipelines to biomedical research, and to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in academic medicine.

This program is only for Cornell students. 

Applications are available in early-January and are typically due by early-February. 

2019 research topics included:

  • Investigation of Breast Cancer Risk Alleles Among Women of African Descent
  • Granulosa Cells: Accessory Cells of Oocytes
  • Moving Well: Intervention for Patients Preparing to Undergo Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • STRIDES For Life: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Induction of Positive Affect to Increase Physical Activity in Early Stage Lung Cancer Survivors
  • Experience in Neuro-oncology Laboratories
  • Kaposi Sarcoma