There are four main goals of the program:
- Prepare the next generation of broadly trained biomedical engineers for careers in diverse academic environments which combine research and teaching;
- Increase STEM student retention and graduation rates at 2 Maryland HBCUs: Morgan State University and Coppin State University;
- Enhance research exposure for undergradaute students and faculty interactions in the areas of biomedical science and engineering;
- Be a part of an active, supportive group of future researchers who can teach well.
ASPIRE scholars will be trained in laboratories at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and co-mentored by a core faculty member in the Whiting School of Engineering together with a clinical faculty member in the School of Medicine.
Scholars will participate in pedagogy training workshops at JHU and Morgan State, as well as a teaching practicum at either Morgan or Coppin State, earning a Teaching Academy Certificate after successful completion of the workshops and practicum.