Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research
Sponsored by grant T37MD001485 from the National
Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health
- 2014 Program Announcement
Applications will be reviewed starting on
Monday February 3, 2014
Dr. Luis Mota-Bravo, Director of Outreach,
Research Training and Minority Science Programs, School of Biological Sciences
- PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
- The Minority Science Programs (MSP) in the School of Biological Sciences at
the University of California, Irvine (UCI) announces the Minority Health and
Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT), funded by the
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program offers international research training opportunities
to qualified undergraduate, graduate students who are
from health disparities populations and/or are underrepresented in basic
science, biomedical, clinical or behavioral health research career fields. MHIRT
provides international research training for the purpose of:
- Encouraging undergraduate and graduate students who are from health
disparities populations to pursue careers in basic science, biomedical and behavioral health research fields.
Broadening the research efforts and scientific training of undergraduate,
graduate students from health disparities populations
to encompass international health issues.
Assisting undergraduate, graduate students who are
from such populations to participate in U.S. and international faculty
collaborative research initiatives.
- MHIRT participants receive research training during the summer and
participate in original data collection at prestigious international research
institutions in Spain, United Kingdom and Mexico.
- Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from
health disparities groups that are underrepresented in basic science, clinical,
biomedical or behavioral health research. Nationally, these groups include African Americans, Hispanic
Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific
Islanders, and rural Appalachians. Selected participants will have a
demonstrated interest to pursue biomedical and behavioral research careers that
will contribute ultimately to the elimination of health disparities in the U.S
and between populations living in developing countries and the U.S.
- Applicants should have previous research experience, training in Safety and Ethics in Research,
including human subjects research, animal research, laboratory health, safety
and chemical and biological hazards. To fulfill this requirement, UCI students
should have passed Bio
194S (Safety and Ethics in Research) or students should enroll in Bio Sci 194S
during Spring 2014; students enrolled at another university
should show, by either transcripts or a letter of recommendation, their training
in research safety and ethics (responsible conduct of research). UCI students should enroll in
the Spring 2014 Bio 197 MSP
- Since MHIRT participants are required to attend orientation/training sessions
at UCI (before departure to the foreign sites), preference will be given to
applicants enrolled at UC Irvine.
Undergraduates should have completed approximately two years of coursework in a
major related to biomedical or behavioral science, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and/or
show other evidence of exceptional scientific interest and talent. Previous
undergraduate research experience is highly recommended before entering the MHIRT
- Graduate Students. The program can support
graduate students with previous research experience in the areas of MHIRT training
(routine clinical or lab work is not considered a research experience).
- RESEARCH TRAINING AREAS
- Students participating in MHIRT receive training in one of the following
- 1) Biomedical Sciences at King's College London,
- 2) FISABIO-Salud Pública,
- 3) Neurobiology at the
Instituto de Neurobiologia, Universidad
Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Campus Queretaro, Mexico
- BENEFITS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND TIMETABLE
- The training period at the foreign site must be 10 weeks, during July,
August and September (depending on the MHIRT site). Participants must adhere to the
10 week training because of the duration of
projects and group travel. MHIRT funding includes,
- Round-trip airfare,
- Room and board at the foreign site and
- Summer stipend of $2,500 for undergraduates, $3,500 for
Post-baccalaureate/Master level degree students and $4,750 for Pre-doctoral
degree level students.
- MHIRT may provide support to attend nationwide conferences to
present research findings.
- Travel dates to foreign sites are June 28 to September 6, 2014. MHIRT participants are required to turn in a research paper on their projects
on September 23, 2014. In addition, UCI students are expected to orally present
their findings at the MSP Undergraduate Research Symposium at UCI, September
22-24, 2014, and at selected national conferences throughout the academic year.
- Applications will be reviewed starting on Monday February 3, 2014, until all
trainee positions are filled.
- Please download, complete and sign the MHIRT
application package (Word document) that contains the MHIRT Application and
Statement of Purpose Forms.
- For additional information about MHIRT please contact,
- Dr. Marlene de la Cruz
- Associate Director
- Biological Sciences- Outreach and Minority Science Programs
- University of California, Irvine
- 1134 Biological Sciences III
- Irvine, CA 92697-2527
- Ph: (949) 824-2589
- Fax: (949) 824-6599
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