Summer Equity Research Program
Interested in research, medicine, or dentistry? Thinking about applying to graduate school?
The OHSU Equity Summer Research, Dental and Medicine Internship Program offers:
- An exciting opportunity to spend 8 to 10 weeks working with faculty and graduate students in a research setting, learning new skills, and gaining hands-on experience.
- Weekly seminars and meetings with fellow students and faculty to discuss ongoing research.
- An opportunity to present a poster presentation of your summer research project.
- Ongoing, personal mentoring about your individual career pathway from OHSU faculty .
- Clinical experience.
- A paid stipend during the program.
In 2013, the Summer Equity Research Program will run from June 17 through August 9. Equity interns will be selected in early April, and will be funded to work 40 hours per work during the program. Interns working with physicians in a health care setting will be required to shadow one day a week. Weekly shadowing schedules are flexible.
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Who is Eligible
By the program starting date, eligible students will have completed at least one full year of college coursework. The most competitive applicants will have completed coursework in the basic sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, neuroscience, biopsychology) and mathematics. The program is only open to applicants who have experience social or economic disadvantages:
- Economically disadvantaged students are defined as individuals who come from a “low income family,” using low income levels specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a guideline.
- Socially disadvantaged students come from an environment that may inhibit them from obtaining knowledge, skills or abilities required to enroll and successfully complete an undergraduate or graduate course of study that could lead to a career in the health sciences. This category includes but is not restricted to students whose parents did not attend or complete college.
Your application must include:
1. A completed official Equity Application Form
2. Official college transcripts to all attended colleges
3. Two Letters of Recommendation from people who know you professionally. You must use the Equity Recommendation Form and follow the instructions on the form. One of your letters of recommendation must be from a college science teacher.
4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
(All application material must be mailed in one package. Applications due by 4:00pm, Friday, March 22, 2013)
The Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) at 503-494-5657 or e-mail CDI.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the dates of the program?
2013 dates will be announced soon.
Who is a qualified candidate for the program?
You qualify if you meet all of the following criteria:
1. Have completed at least one undergraduate college year by the start date of the program
2. Have completed coursework in the basic sciences and mathematics
3. Have experienced significant disadvantage: economic, educational, ethnic / cultural, family circumstances, etc
4. You are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
Are International students eligible for this program?
How many positions are available?
The number of available positions usually depends on funding and the availability of mentors. Normally, between 5-10 awards are given each year.
When will I find out if I was accepted?
We expect to notify all applicants in early May.
Is it possible for me to take other courses during the summer program?
Summer Equity Research interns are in the laboratory full-time, from approximately 8 am – 5 pm every weekday. In addition, interns are asked to prepare a poster presentation of their research project and may be asked to attend other seminars. Therefore, it is not advisable that interns pursue other coursework during the program.
How are mentors chosen?
We strive to match scholars and mentors based on research interests, however not all OHSU researchers are available to serve as mentors during any given summer. The more explicit you are about your research interests, the better we can match you with a mentor and lab.
Where will I be doing my research?
You will be in your mentor’s laboratory on the main OHSU campus in Portland, OR. Some mentors have lab space at the Veterans Administration (VA) facility located on campus.
How much is the stipend?
The stipend is $9.00 per hour. Payments are made at the end of each month.
I don’t live in Portland. Is housing available?
Limited support may be available for housing assistance. Please indicate on the application if you need housing.
What other research opportunities can you suggest for me?
Research experience is invaluable if you plan to apply to a graduate program. We recommend that you check the OHSU employment website for research assistant positions.
Will the program pay for my travel?
The program does not typically had funds to support participants' travel to Portland. The program directors may consider supporting travel if sufficient funding is in place.