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Please make a tax deductible donation to support SPURS students

Dear SPURS former, current and future supporters!

Despite the pandemic, the 21st year of the Columbia University’s biomedical research Summer Program for Undergraduate Rising Stars (SPURS),had another extremely successful program in 2022.

The SPURS program was able to accommodate 35 fellows: 21 females and 14 males; 21 African–American, 10 Hispanic-American, and 2 Asian-American. This year, we had students attending schools including: Binghamton University, Columbia University, Cornell University, CUNY College of Staten Island, CUNY Hunter College, Emory University, Fordham University, Harvard College, Howard University, Hunter College, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College, New York University, Rice University, SUNY Binghamton University, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Texas at Austin, Tufts University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Yale University.

Most of the SPURS alumni go on to careers in biomedical research and medicine. For example, more than a dozen have matriculated to the MD or combined MD/PhD programs at Columbia. Others have gone to Harvard, Yale, UCSF, Stanford, Einstein and other top universities.


SPURS desperately needs your support to continue to offer underrepresented students the chance to further their careers in biomedical research.

The SPURS program is partially supported by an NIH grant but does not cover its costs completely. That’s where you come in. Your donation will support a summer of original biomedical research and invaluable career mentoring for a SPURS student. A donation of $5,000 supports a student’s summer stipend. A donation of $1,000 supports housing for a student on the Columbia campus. At the very least, if you could possibly give $100, it will support a student’s access to computing needs required for their research.

To make a tax-deductible donation

Click here for the giving online link:
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For more information about giving, please contact Ivy Lei, Columbia University Medical Center, 1150 St. Nicholas Avenue, Box 65,
New York, NY 10032; phone 212 851-5340 or email:

Andy Marks, Jeanine D'Armiento and Monica Goldklang


Contributions to the SPURS Program at Columbia University are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Our Federal I.D. number is 13-5598093.

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