Minority Health Disparities

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SROP: Minority Health Disparities

Join us in essential, interdisciplinary research to help eliminate health disparities among minorities.

Humanities In Medicine


2014 Dates and Stipend

Start: June 2, 2014
End: August 6, 2014
Stipend: $5,000

Contact Info

Mindy Anderson-Knott
Minority Health Disparities Initiative Coordinator
402-472-2818
mandersonknott2@unl.edu
 

Who Should Apply

Related majors and areas

  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology
  • Child, Youth, & Family Studies
  • Educational Psychology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Communication Studies
  • Pre-medicine
  • Other health related fields

Eligibility

Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree
For more information, refer to the eligibility page.

How to Apply

Steps and Required Items

To apply, follow these application steps to submit the following materials.

Application Timeline

  • Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 — Application opens
  • Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 — Priority deadline
  • Mon., Feb. 17, 2014 — Application deadline
  • Sat., Mar. 15, 2014 — Decisions complete
See more timeline information.

Events and Benefits

Program Events

  • Weekly mentor/mentee lunches
  • Campus and department orientation
  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium

Benefits

  • Competitive stipend
  • Double-occupancy room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access
Learn more about academic and financial benefits.

In this program, each project has unique prerequisites. See the Research and Mentors section for more details






Research and Mentors

Virology lab

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) administers the Minority Health Disparities summer research program. Minority Health Disparities summer research program is an interdisciplinary program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers.

Participating students work with faculty mentors in a variety of social and behavioral science disciplines to support health research.  All projects are on-going, but the work specific to the summer research program will be completed within the 10-week timeframe.  At the conclusion of the program, participants will present their research at the Summer Research Symposium poster session.

Students will work with a team of researchers potentially consisting of post-doctoral associates, graduate students, undergraduate students, multiple faculty, and their primary faculty mentor(s).  Additionally, participating students may interact with community and state agencies by participating in the 2014 Nebraska Minority Health Conference.

Objectives of the program include developing the research skills of participating students, as well as furthering research in the area of minority health disparities. Faculty mentor projects include investigating the intersection of trust and minority health, perceptions of well-being and hope among Latinos, effects of family and relationships on multiethnic-racial identity, understanding how race and gender influence persistence in science and biology, and understanding access to services supporting children’s health and well-being.



2014 Mentors and Projects

Educational Psychology
Promoting Greater Access to School-Based Services Supporting Children's Health and Well-Being
Prerequisites: Familiarity with Excel and locating scholarly journals through library databases required. Preference will be given to bilingual (Spanish-English) applicants, so, if applicable, please explain this quality through essay question answers in application.

This project is designed to identify variables impacting racial and ethnic minority children’s access to school-based mental or behavioral health services. This research position may require assistance conducting focus groups, collecting survey data, data management, entry and processing, and general assistance with other research related tasks (e.g., material development, literature searches, etc.). Training on assessments/measures and procedures would be provided. Bilingual assistants may help with Spanish translations of study materials and conducting and transcribing focus groups with Spanish-speaking families.Read more about this project
Sociology
Biology of Human
Prerequisites: Preference will be given to bilingual (Spanish-English) applicants, so, if applicable, please explain this quality through essay question answers in application.

For this particular project, investigators are seeking a better understanding of how middle school aged youth think about science and biology. We want to know how kids form science identities, and whether their peers influence their interest and persistence in science and biology. Undergraduate students who work on this project will be expected to conduct literature reviews, participate in data analyses, and become involved in the Biology of Human research team’s myriad activities.Read more about this project
Public Policy Center
Trust and Minority Health Disparities
Prerequisites: Basic research methodology experience or skills, Microsoft Office and Excel experience required.

This project examining trust in health care contexts leverages other research on institutional trust being conducted by the research team. Students will be expected to conduct literature reviews, code and enter data, participate in data analyses, and become involved in the trust research team’s myriad activities.Read more about this project
Communication Studies
Family and Relational Predictors of Multiethnic-racial Identity: Implications for Psychological Well-Being
Prerequisites: Familiarity with Excel and locating scholarly journals through library databases required.

Research assistants have the opportunity to work with both qualitative and quantitative research designs at various stages of development (e.g., design, data collection, analysis). As such, research assistants will be immersed in the literature on family communication, ethnic-racial identity and psychological well-being which will include scholarly discussions and exposure to data collection methods, methods of inquiry and analysis, and different approaches to assessing well-being.Read more about this project
Psychology and Ethnic Studies
Latinos perceptions of well-being and hope
Prerequisites: Preference will be given to bilingual (Spanish-English) applicants, so, if applicable, please explain this quality through essay question answers in application.

Our lab is examining issues related to Latino/as perceived well-being and strategies to maintain health. This project will focus on perceptions of hope and the impact on well-being and mental and physical health care preferences. The student will be conducting literature reviews, learning methodological skills, helping with data collection, and conducting basic analyses.Read more about this project