Research Experience for Diverse Medical and Graduate Students - MIRECC / CoE
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Research Experience for Diverse Medical and Graduate Students


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About the Program


Gain hands-on experience working with investigators on current research at the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, focused on preventing suicide among Veterans. This program provides research experience and training to diverse medical and graduate students interested in a career in suicide research. Participants will get access to renowned suicide prevention researchers and receive mentorship and support to build their skills and CV.

The program will link each student with a suicide research mentor who has an ongoing funded project. Students will join their research team and receive individualized mentoring. Participants will develop a feasible research question and present data at the culmination of the eight-week program.

Program Details

  • Virtual — prospective participants may apply from across the nation
  • 8-week program with flexible start date
  • Participants will receive an $800 stipend

Eligibility


Participants accepted and enrolled into the program must be 1) U.S. citizens; 2) actively enrolled in accredited schools of medicine, allied health professions, public health or other health professional schools; and 3) from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in suicide research. Individuals underrepresented in suicide research include: a) racial and ethnic groups including Black or African-American, LatinX, and American Indian; b) individuals with physical and mental impairment; c) students who are Veterans or children of Veterans; d) members of LGBTQ; and e) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants must have completed at least one year in their current educational program and must commit to complete the eight-week program.

2022 Speakers

As part of the 8-week program, a speaker series will host illustrious researchers who focus on health disparities, research design, and suicide prevention. Stay tuned to see the list of speakers for the 2022 program.

Program Staff

How to Apply

Send completed application to tyler.webb2@va.gov with the following components. Use the subject line "Diversity Research Program Application."

  • Participant Information Form
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the program, research interests and training, who you are interested in working with from the list of faculty, how your background makes you a diverse applicant as well as how you bring a diverse perspective to suicide research
  • C.V.

About the COE

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Since its inception in 2007, Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention has been guided by a public health approach to suicide prevention. The Center's research is designed to inform the development and use of evidence-based prevention strategies upstream to alter life trajectories prior to the development of suicidal behaviors, while also intervening to address risk factors for highly vulnerable Veterans within the health system. Program participants will be exposed to a range of research with Veterans targeting different categories of risk (universal, selective, indicated) and utilizing different methods and analytic approaches.
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