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WISER is a collaborative pipeline program between Cornell's Pre Professional Programs and Weill Cornell Medical College (WCM) geared to provide historically underrepresented and/or low-income students with biomedical research and field experience. Six Cornell University undergraduates with an interest in basic science, medical or health disparities research participate in the six-week summer pipeline program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has adapted the program to suit a virtual format. This year, selected students will: 

  • Work directly with their WCM faculty research mentor on a research project related to their mentor's expertise. 
  • Attend virtual lectures given by WCM graduate students, faculty as well as national speakers. 
  • Complete online coursework
  • Receive lectures on Research Methods 
  • Obtain information on different careers paths and advice on how to navigate admission processes.
  • Attend a virtual Tri-I SPARC Jr. conference, in which they will gain valuable advice regarding careers in medicine and science, discover resources for medical and/or graduate school, and learn how they can make unique contributions to healthcare and science.  

The program will conclude with each student's final presentation of their research and a closing virtual reception including mentors and WCMC faculty.

This program is only for Cornell students. 

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