The USC/Claflin University Center of Excellence is committed to
contributing to the reduction of health disparities in South
Carolina and the United States by developing underrepresented
minority researchers who can address the diagnosis, reduction,
and elimination of HIV/AIDS and HPV/cervical cancer in rural
African-American or Latino populations. Through its Integrated Research,
Education, and Training Core (IRET Core), EXPORT will implement
strategies designed to:
In order to achieve Center and Core goals, the RET Core will
provide research internships each year to undergraduate
students at the University of South Carolina and Claflin
University who have demonstrated an interest in and
commitment to pursuing a career in health disparities
research, focused specifically on HIV/AIDS and HPV/cervical
- Recruit and develop underrepresented minority students
entering careers in public health and health disparities
- Increase the capacity for public health and health
disparities research at both the University of South
Carolina and Claflin University
- Provide mentored training that will increase the number
of minorities conducting biomedical and behavioral research,
with specific emphasis on increasing the number of faculty
and students with graduate level training in public health
and health disparities research
- Provide paid summer internship opportunities for undergraduate students
- Identify and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration
focused on health disparities research
- Provide training on issues related to developing
Minimum Selection Criteria for the Center of Excellence Undergraduate Research
Internships located at the University of South Carolina
- The applicant must be a United States citizen. Priority
will be given to qualified applicants from the state of
- The applicant must be a member of a population that is
underrepresented in the field of public health, health disparities research,
biomedical and behavioral research.
- The applicant must be enrolled full-time in an
undergraduate program at the University of South Carolina.
- The applicant must be at least a rising junior with a
minimum grade point average of 3.0.
- The applicant must be recommended by their academic
advisor, a faculty member, or current or past employer.
Recommendations must be submitted in writing.
- The applicant must submit an official academic
transcript with the application and essay. Official
transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the
USC Registrarís Office.
- The applicant must submit a 500-700 word essay on one
of the following topics:
- In your own words, define public health. Then share
how you would assist with improving and protecting the
health of communities or specific populations from
HIV/AIDS, HPV/cervical cancer through research.
- Briefly describe your career goals and your personal
reasons for choosing a career in public health and
health disparities research.
- How will this undergraduate research internship help
you achieve your career goals?
- As a future health science/health disparities
researcher, what do you think should be done to move
research from the laboratory setting to problem solving
in the community?
- The 2009 internship program will begin on June 2, 2009 and end on July 24, 2009.
- The application deadline is January 30,2009.
- Submit application package to:
Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities
220 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 208
Columbia, SC 29210
- The applicant will
be interviewed by representatives from the EXPORT
Undergraduate Research Selection Committee.
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