Call for Applications

Sponsored by WashU Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) & Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Two WashU undergraduates will be selected to attend the upcoming Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) meeting in Long Beach, CA from February 2 – 6, 2024. Travel, food and lodging expenses will be fully covered by the Musculoskeletal Research Center/Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery; the ORS will provide complimentary meeting registration. The purpose of this award is to introduce undergraduate students to the field of orthopaedic research and enhance diversity in orthopaedics/musculoskeletal research at WashU and the ORS. The ORS meeting provides a venue for the students to network with peers, listen to cutting-edge research presentations, and learn more about the orthopaedic research community.

Eligibility criteria

• Underrepresented* WashU undergraduate majoring in a STEM field.
*Underrepresented in STEM: women, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity— African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, disability, LGBTQ+, veteran, first generation college, and/or socioeconomic status
• Able to attend the conference: February 2 – 6, 2024 in Long Beach, CA
• 18 years of age or older

Application instructions

• The brief application includes a resume, list of college STEM courses, and two short essays.
• Application deadline: Tue. November 28, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST


Applications will be reviewed by members of the MRC DEI Activities Committee. Preference will be given as follows: sophomores, juniors and seniors who have taken multiple college STEM courses; not attended a national orthopedic/musculoskeletal research conference; demonstrated interest in research, orthopedic research and/or medicine. If you have any questions, please reach out to Matthew Silva ( or Arin Oestreich ( before the application deadline. Applications will not be considered after the deadline. All applicants will be notified in early December with decisions.