Undergraduate Research Program (URP)

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The Undergraduate Research Program provides undergraduate students with knowledge, skills, and experience in translational science and health equity research through a structured core curriculum including a mentored research project, weekly research seminars, small group discussions, and a final poster to present  research findings at the annual University of Minnesota CTSI Poster Session and Reception held in fall 2015.
It also provides an opportunity for students from populations under-represented in research (see NIH definition on page 4 of the RFA) to begin or advance their research career. Opportunities for travel funds to participate in national and international scientific meetings will be awarded on a competitive basis.
The cornerstone of the research training program is the scholar’s participation in a research project under the direct supervision of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor active in health equity or minority health  research. With input and oversight by the faculty mentor, scholars will design a research plan, related to the mentor’s ongoing research programs. This program is jointly administered by CTSI and the Center for Health Equity (CHE).

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 Program overview
    • Seeks applicants enrolled at colleges and universities in Minnesota who are either interested in health equity or minority health research and/or from an underrepresented population (*see NIH definition on page 4 of the RFA) 
    • Stipend of approximately $424/week provided for full-time engagement, 12 weeks between June 1, 2015 and August 21, 2015
    • Up to ten students selected
    • Funding for travel to present at a scientific conference for outstanding projects
    • All students are eligible regardless of citizenship or immigration status
 Application details

This program is not currently accepting applications. View application info from the previous cycle:

 2015 URP Scholars

Sonnah Barrie, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Kathleen Call, PhD

Alana Dopp, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Pamela Jo Johnson, PhD

Jace Gilbertson, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Andrew Barnes, MD

Monica Goodman, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH

Pakou Her, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Kelvin O. Lim, MD

Ashley Johnson, St. Catherine University
Mentor: Irina St. Louis, MD, PhD

Kyle Lau, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Logan G. Spector, PhD

Patty Maglalang, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Lisa Coles, PhD

Jessica Pham, Macalester College
Mentor: Kathryn Cullen, MD

Denise Quintanilla, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD

 2014 URP Scholars

Sowda Ahmed, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Mark Schleiss

Samantha Carlson, School of Public Health
Mentor: Alicia Allen

Stephanie Duong, Macalester College
Mentor: Kathryn Cullen

Cedith Giddings, Augsburg College
Mentor: Siobahn McMahon

Virginia Godfrey, University of Minnesota-Morris
Mentors: Kathleen Call and Melissa Walls

Jamie Morissette, College of St. Scholastica
Mentor: Cari Clark

Ammanuel Taye, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Mentor: Paul Bohjanen

Thang Tran, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Richard Brundage

Abhishek Vaidya, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Erica Schorr

Allison Wolf, University of Minnesota-Morris
Mentor: Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

2013 URP Scholars 

Olufemi Adams, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Susie Nanney

Sudip Bhandari, St. Olaf College
Mentor: Iris Borowsky

Amy Blakeslee, College of St. Scholastica
Mentor: Sarah Cusick

Paris Delaney, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Ruby Nguyen

Nhat Duong, Normandale Community College
Mentor: Amir Moheet

Mnwabisi Mbangata, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: James Cloyd

Waruiru Mburu, 
Macalester College
Mentor: Jasjit S. Ahluwalia

Arwa Osman, St. Olaf College
Mentor: Lauren Martin

Sasha Orange, School of Nursing
Mentor: Janet Thomas

Kevin Siem, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Kathleen Thomas

Nayar Valente, St. Olaf College
Mentor: Julie Ostrander

Chelsea Wagner, College of Education and Human Development
Mentor: Cari Clark

Amanda Wanous, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Rebecca Shlafer

2012 URP Scholars

Sara Cronquist, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Janet Thomas

Co Duong, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Susan Everson-Rose

Mercy Konchellah, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Jasjit S. Ahluwalia

Hai Nguyen-Tran, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Rahel Ghebre

Nima Odowa, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Naty Lopez

Anthony Osifuye, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Kathleen Call

Kendra Radtke, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: James Cloyd

Danielle Swichtenberg, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Carol Peterson

John Tarnowski, College of Biological Sciences
Mentor: Julie Ross

Uyen Truong, College of Science and Engineering
Mentor: Robert Hebbel