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SOAR PROGRAM:  

The mission of the Summer/Fall Opportunity for Achievement in Research Program (SOAR) is to increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by engaging trainees from underrepresented minority (URM) groups and persons with disabilities in Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) that addresses Minority Health or important Health Disparities.  We seek to recruit and train well-qualified and promising college undergraduates in a mentored research program spanning the summer and fall terms.  We crafted this program to bring together students from diverse backgrounds in order to create a rich mix of participants from across disciplinary backgrounds and with different career goals. 

This program is a collaboration between the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities (CEHD), the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS), and all of their partner institutions.  

 
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  FEBRUARY 29, 2016 (5PM ET).  


DECISION & NOTIFICATION:
 MARCH 7, 2016

PROGRAM DATES: MAY 23, 2016 – DECEMBER 2, 2016

ELIGIBILITY:

We encourage applications from undergraduates at DC-area institutions who are members of groups identified by the NIH as underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. We will favor applications from current freshmen through current junior year undergraduates considering careers in Health Disparities research across the broad range of CTR.  

SOAR APPLICATION REVIEW AND SELECTION:

 Applications Requirements:
 

MAIL TRANSCRIPTS TO:

SOAR Research Internship Program
SOAR Research Internship Program
Attn: Hillary Robertson, MPH, CHES
3300 Whitehaven Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Students are expected to participate in the program full-time in the summer and part-time through the fall semester and will receive a stipend. 

 

SOAR Program Content and Activities:
The central focus of SOAR is participation in the research activities of a GHUCCTS or CEHD investigator: This mentored research experience is typically in a multidisciplinary research project, focused on any part of the translational science continuum that addresses health disparities.  Students will be matched to a senior GHUCCTS or CEHD investigator, each of whom have proven track records in both research and mentorship and is committed to mentoring SOAR trainees. The research experience will begin with full-time research during the Summer, continuing part-time through the Fall term.  Participation in both the Summer and Fall is required.  
 
This highly-individualized research experience will be supplemented by didactic and group activities to develop skills and insights crucial to clinical, translational, and health disparities research (e.g., sessions focused on research ethics, research library resources, biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, health disparities, social determinants of health, cultural and linguistic competency in research, comparative effectiveness, community-based participatory research, presentation and publication skills). Reflections by recent SOAR scholars and their mentors on their experiences in the program are available here. 

Program Contact:  Hillary Robertson, MPH, CHES  Email:  har36@georgetown.edu  Phone: 202-687-8617