Student Mentorship Program
for Hispanic Health Research (sMPH2r)
The Student Mentorship Program for Hispanic Health Research (sMPH2r) is the first formal web and team based national mentorship program focusing on Hispanic health research.
The sMPH2r is a eight month program during the 2014 spring and summer semesters that is geared towards undergraduate juniors; undergraduate seniors who have been accepted or have applied to graduate school; and first year graduate students in the health professions who have demonstrated commitment in research and working with the Hispanic community.
Each student, or Mentee, will be matched with a team of three (3) Mentors. The team will consist of one primary Mentor (senior researcher in academia, public or private sector), one secondary Mentor (doctoral student or senior researcher without an active project), and one tertiary Mentor (researcher at Mentee's institution). The primary Mentor must have an active research project that relates to a health issue affecting the Hispanic community that the Mentee can contribute to. Teams should e-meet at least once a month for one hour via video/phone conferencing to ensure that the Mentee is making progress on agreed-upon research.
To supplement the research experience, Mentees will participate in bi-monthly online lectures that focus on research methods, research careers, and disseminating research. At the end of the program, Mentees will submit an abstract, research poster, and give an oral presentation.
Lastly, travel awards will be awarded to teams if their research is accepted to a regional or national conference.