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Summer Research Institute

Research opportunities for high school and college students.

The HS-MACA/CPHHE Summer Research Institute at Creighton University introduces high school students and college students to research and prepares them for careers in the health sciences through biomedical research and community-based research. 

Students are paired with either a university faculty member who involves the student in an ongoing research project or with a community organization where the student will design and conduct community-based participatory research along with the site manager. 

The program concludes with a colloquium (oral and poster presentations) of their experiments. The purpose of the HS-MACA/CPHHE Summer Research Institute is to promote diversity in research and to build knowledge on research regarding various health disparities.

Benefits

  • Hands-on research experience
  • Active mentorship from professors/site mentors
  • Increased knowledge of health disparities
  • Featured in weekly newsletter
  • Presentation and public speaking preparation and experience
  • Group career and social enhancement
  • Monetary Stipend
  • Additional presentations locally and nationally
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Diversity Research

The HS-MACA/CPHHE Undergraduate Biomedical Research Program enhances college science education and increases the number of underrepresented minority students who are interested and qualified to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences through conducting kinesthetic laboratory research in various biomedical fields.  Students are paired with Creighton University faculty and researchers to conduct ongoing research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Program Description

  • Program Duration: Eight (8) weeks
  • Program Timeline:  June 6, 2022 – July 29, 2022
  • Monetary Stipend: $2,000
  • Continuous Education: Six (6) Friday Health Disparities Training Sessions
  • Presentation: Colloquium (Oral and Poster Presentations) on July 29, 2022
  • Career Field/Social Outings: College World Series Home Run Derby, Mid Program Dinner, Omaha Jazz on the Green, and Juneteenth Parade (pending COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Mentor Research Focus Areas: Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Public Health

Eligibility

Students are required to have the following qualifications to participate:                          

  • A student must have a 3.0 or better grade average
  • Current Sophomore, Junior, Senior college academic standing at time of application (Spring 2022)
  • Copy of college academic transcripts (unofficial or official) *Note: Do not send a link to us to retrieve your transcripts, i.e. Clearinghouse, etc.  Download your own transcripts and attach your transcripts in the program application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Recommenders will be sent a separate link to submit)
  • Living arrangement within the Omaha area for program duration We can provide on-campus housing only for students during this program
  • If you have any questions about requirements or documents, please contact us at cphhe@creighton.edu.

 

Apply for the Undergraduate Program Here

A collaborative effort of the Health Sciences’ Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) and the Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality (CPHHE); the purpose of the Summer High School Community-Based Research Program is to provide hands-on, community-based research among underrepresented minority groups.  At the end of the program, the students will be able to enhance their high school education and build health disparities knowledge. 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 with their community site to learn about issues in their neighborhood by learning research methods, developing surveys, examining data, doing community mapping, and conducting interviews resulting in policy recommendations.

Program Description

  • Program Duration: Six (6) weeks
  • Program Timeline:  June 6, 2022 – July 15, 2022
  • Monetary Stipend: $1,200
  • Presentation: Colloquium (Oral Presentations) on July 29, 2022
  • Career Field/Social Outings: Catholic Health Initiatives Hospital Tour, College World Series Home Run Derby, Omaha Jazz on the Green (pending COVID-19 restrictions)

Eligibility

  • Must have a 2.5 or better grade point average
  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior academic standing at time of application (Spring 2022)
  • Copy of academic transcripts (unofficial or official)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Living arrangements within the Omaha area for program duration - We can provide on-campus housing only for students during this program

 

Apply for the High School Community-Based Program Here

What Is Project SEED?

Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) is a paid summer internship program for high school students. For 8 to 10 weeks during the summer, SEED students work in real laboratories, with real scientists serving as their mentors. Students learn about careers in chemistry and receive mentoring in college preparation and professional development.

Each year, 350+ students across the United States participate in chemistry-related research projects with scientists in various fields and industries. Since 1968, Project SEED has brought in more than 11,000 high school students to participate in research at academic, industry, and government labs across the United States and U.S. territories.

Project SEED Mission

To ensure that students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of chemically-related sciences.

Selection Criteria

  • Students must be eligible and provide documentation to demonstrate financial eligibility (see eligibility criteria above)
  • Site coordinators and mentors will review student applications and may select participants based on
    • Competitive academic performance
    • Level of expressed interest in science
    • Availability for the duration of the summer program (minimum competing summer activities)
    • Students with prior lab experience ideal, but not required
    • Number of student slots allocated to the site and budget

Program Description

  • Program Duration: Eight (8) weeks
  • Program Timeline:  June 6, 2022 – July 29, 2022
  • Monetary Stipend: $3,200
  • Presentation: Colloquium (Oral Presentations) on July 29, 2022
  • Career Field/Social Outings: Catholic Health Initiatives Hospital Tour, College World Series Home Run Derby, Omaha Jazz on the Green (pending COVID-19 restrictions)

Eligibility

  • Students must apply through our HS-MACA application and interview prior applying on the American Chemical Society’s application
  • Must have a 2.5 or better grade point average
  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior academic standing at time of application (Spring 2022)
  • Copy of academic transcripts (unofficial or official)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Living arrangements within the Omaha area for program duration - We can provide on-campus housing only for students during this program
  • All students under 18 must receive the expressed permission of a parent or guardian.
  • Must have completed at least one course of high school chemistry.
  • Must demonstrate an interest in science and/or chemistry.
  • Your family's annual income must not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on family size.  Below is a table of those figures for 2022.  Students will have to provide documentation to verify household annual income for 2020 or 2021.  Please visit the Federal Poverty Guidelines website to see guidelines for Alaska and Hawaii.
     
    Household / Family Size 200% Household / Family Size 200%
    1 $25,760 8 $89,320
    2 $34,840 9 $93,860
    3 $43,920 10 $98,400
    4 $53,000 11 $102,940
    5 $62,080 12 $107,480
    6 $71,160 13 $112,020
    7 $80,240 14 $116,560
     
  • NEW! Methods of Demonstrating Eligibility: Students must provide one of the following to demonstrate financial eligibility
     
    • A copy of a 1040 tax form showing that the annual adjusted gross income within the last 2 years has been 200% or less of the federal poverty guideline for household size
    • Documentation showing that the student is eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRPL) at his/her/their school
    • Documentation showing that the family is eligible for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, SNAP, or WIC for Infants and Children (also referred to as EBT or food stamps)
    • Documentation showing participation in a TRIO program such as Upward Bound or other programs geared towards socioeconomically challenged families

Apply for the High School Project SEED Program Here

Schedules

Undergraduate Biomedical 

  • Applications Open: January 18, 2022
  • Application Closing Date: March 7, 2022
  • Notice of Interview: March 11, 2022
  • Interviews: March 14, 2022 – March 25, 2022
  • Acceptance Notice: April 1, 2022
  • SRI Program Begins: June 6, 2022
  • SRI Colloquium and End: July 29, 2022

High School Community-Based Research

  • Applications Open: January 18, 2022
  • Application Closing Date: April 4, 2022
  • Notice of Interview: April 8, 2022
  • Interviews: April 11, 2022 – April 22, 2022
  • Acceptance Notice: April 29, 2022
  • SRI Program Begins: June 6, 2022
  • SRI Colloquium and Program End: July 29, 2022

High School Project SEED Biomedical Research

  • CPHHE Applications Open: January 18, 2022
  • Project SEED Applications Open: April 2022 (Check www.acs.org/projectseed for application details)
  • CPHHE Application Closing Date: April 4, 2022
  • Project SEED Application Closing Date: Check www.acs.org/projectseed for application details
  • Acceptance Notice: Will be notified directly from the American Chemical Society
  • Interviews: April 11, 2022 – April 22, 2022
  • Acceptance Notice: April 29, 2022
  • SRI Program Begins: June 6, 2022
  • SRI Colloquium and Program End: July 29, 2022