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CIREH International Summer
Internship Program 2015

Funded by the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training (MHIRT) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Application Form (Due Friday, December 19, 2014, no later than 5:00 pm)

Supplemental Program Information


MHIRT Applicant Information Sessions

October 3, 2014 3:00 - 4:00 pm C303 CPHB
October 29, 2014 4:00 - 5:00 pm C303 CPHB
November 14, 2014 10:00 - 11:00 am C303 CPHB

 

CIREH staff are also available to speak to groups, clubs, and classes upon request.

The University of Iowa is required by federal law to inform the public of their rights and protections under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This includes access to reasonable accommodations such as auxiliary aids, interpreters or other reasonable accommodation requests while attending University-sponsored public events. Please contact Kristina Venzke at 335-4135 or kristina-venzke@uiowa.edu for further information or assistance.

 


Collaborating Programs

 


Purpose of Award

People around a wellThe FY 2009-2013 NIH Strategic Plan for Health Disparities lists expanding and enhancing research capacity to create a culturally sensitive and culturally competent workforce as one of three major goals each NIH Institute and Center must strive to achieve. The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects efforts to diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of talented researchers from underrepresented groups; improve the quality of the educational and training environment; balance and broaden the perspective in setting research priorities; and improve the Nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.

In a number of health areas that disproportionately affect minority and underserved populations, there is a critical need for trained researchers in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. Especially in the life, physical, and social sciences, where small numbers are insufficient to meet the increasing needs in these areas (http://www.nap.edu), published reports from AAMC, NSF, and National Academy of Sciences, American Federation for Medical Research (http://www.afmr.org), and others (J. National Medical Association 97, 1063 (2005)) indicate that there is a need to replenish and diversify the U.S. workforce. The situation is especially grave for minorities underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. CIREH/MHIRT recognize that through the development of training programs directed at these underrepresented groups, the knowledge and skills needed to conduct research and to prepare trainees for successful careers as biomedical and behavioral scientists to eliminate disparities in health and disease experienced by members of minority communities is greatly enhanced.

Eight undergraduate awards and two graduate/professional awards are available each summer. These awards will support programs to offer international research training opportunities at a foreign site to qualified undergraduate, post baccalaureates or graduate students in the life, physical, or social sciences; or medical students, dental students, or students in other health-professional programs who have not yet received terminal degrees who are from groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences research. At this time, only students from the University of Iowa may apply.


Site Locations

At the time of application, students may indicate a site preference based on their geographical and research interests, however, the applicant's preferences are not necessarily guaranteed. Currently, CIREH has three permanent sites to choose from, in Romania, The Gambia, and Peru. The CIREH Selection Committee will look at your interests and match you to an ongoing research project at a site that can support your academic interests, as well as your geographic preferences. We do not expect that undergraduate students will design their own original research projects, since this requires advance planning of up to one year, and there are ethical considerations to take into account, such as University approval to work with human subjects. It is important that you clearly describe your public health interests in the application essay, and also indicate on the application form your top three public health topics of interest. The on-site mentors will also look very closely at your application and they will make determinations about your internship sites based on the information you provide.

The University of Iowa MHIRT program has established student internship sites in the following locations:

Some graduate students, however, may already have an idea for their own original research project. In this case, CIREH can work with those graduate students to allow them to conduct the internship at a site of their choice if, at the time of application, they submit a project proposal and letters of support from both UI faculty mentors and international mentors at the site abroad. Students who design their own projects must also ensure that their project obtains the necessary human subjects approvals from the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the host country's Ethics Board/IRB.

Graduate/Professional students are not required to design their own research project. They may also request to be matched to an ongoing research project at a site of their choice.

 


Eligibility


Obligations to MHIRT

 


Terms of the Award

Duration: The summer internship will last for a minimum of ten weeks and a maximum of twelve. The estimated program dates for 2014 will be May 24-August 2, 2014.

CIREH covers these expenses:

The applicant is responsible for these expenses:

 


Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be read and evaluated by MHIRT selection committee members. Awards will be made based on how well they meet the following criteria:

 


Former MHIRT Trainees

Click here to view a list of past MHIRT students' sites and research projects.

Click here to view former MHIRT students' publications and presentations.


Alternate Sources of Funding

The Office for Study Abroad maintains a list of other funding opportunities for both undergraduate students and graduate students wishing to do research or study overseas. Please visit their website at: http://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad/funding

 


Questions can be directed to:

Kristina Venzke
MHIRT Program Coordinator

Center for International Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH)

4261 Westlawn
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319.335.4135
kristina-venzke@uiowa.edu