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SPUR History

The CTBR is a consortium of biologists, chemists, bio-psychologists investigating a broad range of exciting areas in biomedical, drug abuse, and neuroscience research with a strong translational emphasis.

Our mission is to remain at the cutting edge of biomedical and behavioral research while preparing the next generation of scientists. Unlike many research institutes, Hunter College has a predominately undergraduate educational focus. Thus, in addition to being successful scientists, our professors make the professional development of undergraduate students a high priority. Established in 1994, the CTBR designed SPUR to prepare qualified undergraduate students through mentorship from our experienced researchers and a rigorous program schedule. We are committed to increasing the representation of minorities in biomedical, drug abuse and neuroscience research and contributing to the important field of minority health and health disparities.

Over 160 undergraduate researchers from academic colleges and universities across the U.S. have participated in the program. You can read about past SPUR students’ projects and where they are now here.

Funding Agencies and Partners

The SPUR is supported and funded by Award Number R25DA032520 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It was previously funded by the CTBR which is supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)/Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Grant Number MD007599 (formerly RR03037) and ARRA 3G12RR003037-24S1.

Our partners provide generous support that encourages the success of the SPUR:

The Leadership Alliance
The City University of New York
Hunter College, CUNY
Weill Cornell Medical College