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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 beginning in August 2023
  • Participants will receive an $800 stipend


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.

2023 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 2023 program.

Program Staff

How to Apply

Send completed application to 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.

Testimonials from the Fall '22 Cohort

“What I liked most about the program was the free-range knowledge that our cohort was able to gain. We weren't obligated to provide deliverables which allowed us to fully gain more insight on the topics that interest us most. What I will remember most is our group discussion and being able to speak openly.”  
“The presentations given by Investigators that were members of a community they were researching in the first place. Suicide Risk & LGBTQ+ Vets, CSSRS, Military Policy for Veterans & Personnel, CBT for Treatment Seeking Deaf Individuals. It’s refreshing to witness researchers “at the table” that are LGBT, or had presented suicidal ideation in their lifetime, are deaf, or were combat veterans.”  
“The flexibility of the program allowed me to enjoy the research process without the pressure of academics and with ongoing support from everyone involved with the VA.”  
“The fellowship with the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention allowed me the space to get excited about research.”  

Meet the Fall '22 Trainees→

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.
Meet Our Investigators →