The College of Medicine Urban Health Program (COM UHP) and Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) have partnered to provide UIC health science graduate and professional students, undergraduates, and high school scholars with an intensive summer research experience that provides an introduction to health equity issues through the conduct of clinical and translational research and community engaged research.
The program includes:
The COM UHP-CCTS Summer Research Fellowship consists of two distinct research opportunities: 1.) Clinical & Translational Research and 2.) Community Engaged Research.
The Clinical & Translational Research Fellowship: The National Institute of Health (NIH) highlights that “to improve human health, scientific discoveries must be translated into practical applications." Such discoveries typically begin at “the bench” with basic research in which scientists study disease at a molecular or cellular level then progress to the clinical level, or the patient's “bedside.” This summer research fellowship will expose health science graduate and professional students, as well as undergraduates and high school scholars, to clinical and translational research and provide them with tools and skills that they will be able to use as clinician scientists and as future researchers who employ principles of clinical and translational research to help eliminate health disparities.
This program provides a unique mentored experience in translational and clinical approaches to understanding disease, developing effective therapeutic applications, and evaluating health outcomes. Participants will become involved in research that may take many forms, with an emphasis on, for example, molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, clinical interventions, health outcomes, or policy analysis.
The Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship provides a stipend of up to $3,000.
The Community Engaged Research Fellowship may incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods. The NIH also notes the importance of ensuring that research that takes place to help eliminate health disparities in a community also includes partnerships between academic and community stakeholders. This may involve having community members present at the design and actual conduct of research or it may mean basing the research agenda around communities' identified health needs. Students who participate in this fellowship will be exposed to basic principles in community engaged research including “Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).” This summer research fellowship will give students tools to learn how to better engage with community members in aspects of their health careers and as future researchers.
The Community Engaged Research Fellowship is unpaid, though a travel stipend may be available.
All research sites are in Chicago.
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