Applications due JANUARY 1 for MINORITY HEALTH RESEARCH TRAINING program focusing on health disparities; Travel and research opportunities available to Thailand, India, Cameroon, Liberia, American Samoa, and Guam or Arkansas and Washington State

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Pictured: Jasmine Padamada did research in Thailand 2019 through the MHRT program.

Applications are being accepted for the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) Minority Health Research Training (MHRT) program sponsored by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. This cycle of the MHRT grant will support an equal number of undergraduate and graduate students. Research will focus on social, behavioral, and public health aspects of health disparities impacting communities with of Native Hawaiians and Pacific populations. The applications are due by January 1, 2020.

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The MHRT Program, centered at the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), provides coursework where students learn to conduct research during the spring semester at UH Manoa. Undergraduates, post-baccalaureate, and masters students then conduct an eight week long summer research project. For doctoral students, the research project is three to 12 months in duration.

Topics will focus on health and health disparities abroad, in sites that may include Thailand, India, Cameroon, Liberia, American Samoa, and Guam or on Continental United States in Arkansas and Washington State.

The benefits of the program include:

• Quality experience in research

• Stipend while conducting research: $1000/month for 3 months in summer; $1900/month for pre-doctoral

• Roundtrip airfare and paid living expenses while out of state

• Life-changing research and cultural experiences

• Earn up to 10 credits of Directed research courses in the Spring and Summer semesters

US Citizens and Permanent residents may apply, as long as they are undergraduate or graduate students. Applicants must be either from an under-represented minority group, a socioeconomically disadvantaged background or from rural areas. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The application form is available at: