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Summer Research Institute

Summer Research Institute

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2019 SRI Flyer

In a nation of changing demographics, it is important to maintain a representative balance of population and workforce.  However, some minority groups are severely underrepresented in sciences and health care occupations, undermining the nation?s strengths as a leader in science, health and technological advances.  It is becoming increasingly clear that as the population demographics move toward increasing numbers of diverse individuals, the future health and prosperity of the United States will depend on equitable representation and participation in science, health, and technological occupations.

Students work at a community based organization for six weeks. The students will receive training in health disparities and perform research projects in their community. Students will work in collaborative groups to learn about issues in their neighborhood by developing surveys, examining data, doing community mapping, and conducting interviews resulting in policy recommendations.

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Students work in a biomedical laboratory for eight weeks under the direct supervision of an experienced faculty mentor who provides hands on training of laboratory personnel. Students begin studying the mentor?s model system and conduct preliminary experiments after the proper use of instruments has been demonstrated. Students will attend weekly seminar series in which scientists will present their research and stress the specific experimental approaches that are used to address fundamental problems in health and disease.