About

MHRT  Undergraduate Student International Summer Training Opportunity

The Minority Health Research Training (MHRT) Program in Health Disparities is based in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Group Photo of Cameroon collaborators
Prof Rose Leke (second from left), MHIRT students and research team in Cameroon.

The NIH funded program engages  undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students annually in national or international research projects in tropical medicine, infectious diseases and related health sciences. The MHRT Program takes place throughout one academic year. In the summer, students will participate in an 8 day “Introduction to Biomedical Research Workshop” at UH Manoa, and then spend ~9 weeks conducting mentored research abroad in either India, Thailand, or Cameroon (Central Africa), Liberia, American Samoa, or Guam, or in the continental United States (Arkansas or Washington States). After returning, students will attend a post-workshop session where they will discuss their summer research experiences in a group setting, work with biostatisticans on data analysis, discuss research results with faculty mentors, and begin preparing written reports. Each participating undergraduate, post-bac or MS student will receive $1,000/month for 3 months for participating in the summer program.  Pre-doctoral students will receive a stipend of $1900/month while participating in the program.

If you are interested in applying to the program, please contact Dr. Vivek R. Nerurkar (nerurkar@hawaii.edu), or Dr. Angela Sy (sya@hawaii.edu) for more information.