DRIVE (Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence) in Research Pipeline

Undergraduate Research Opportunity - Summer 2022

STUDENT APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 31, 2022 - 11:59 PM PST

FACULTY INTEREST FORM DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, November 29, 2021 - 11:59 PM PST

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MCHRI is pleased to announce the 2nd annual DRIVE (Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence) in Research Pipeline Award program which aims to improve the diversity of the research workforce underrepresented in maternal and child health-related research while supporting mentorship and training.  Diversity in research is a key component of innovation. It enhances the creative process by bringing to the table new concepts and points of view and contributes to a culture of transformative scholarship. This award provides a stipend to underrepresented minorities (URM) and first- generation and/or low income (FLI) Stanford undergraduate students currently enrolled in their sophomore year to work with established investigators on maternal and child health related research projects over the summer.

Eligibility is limited to Stanford URM and FLI undergraduate student in their sophomore year interested in biomedical research and interested in working with Stanford faculty during the summer of 2022. 

Students must be available for 8-10 weeks from June 20, 2022 through August 26, 2022.

Key Dates

Action Date
Faculty Interest Form Deadline EXTENDED: November 29, 2021, 11:59 PM PST
Student Application Form Deadline  January 31, 2022, 11:59 PM PST
Notification of Selections
March 31, 2022
Program Period June 20, 2022 – August 26, 2022

Information for Students

Selection Process

Selection Process

During February 2022, student applicants will be interviewed by faculty mentors as part of the selection process. Selected students will be notified of their faculty mentor matches in March 2022.

Student Program Requirements

Stanford students will participate in-person in summer 2022. During the summer research experience, students are required to:

  • engage in full-time research under the supervision of the faculty mentor
  • attend weekly faculty talks
  • participate in student training workshops and events
  • present their project at the end of the internship

Information for Faculty

MCHRI seeks faculty interested in providing research and mentorship opportunities to URM/FLI sophomore undergraduates. The 2022 summer DRIVE program is planned to be in-person, on campus.

Faculty mentors must be MCHRI members who hold CE, UML, UTL or NTL (Research) positions. Faculty mentors must be established investigators and experienced mentors who hold either extramural funding or MCHRI funding on maternal and child health-related research projects.

Summer research projects must be relevant to maternal and child health, and provide opportunities for student research training and skills development. Faculty mentors must include contingency plans for remote project in the event that public health guidelines for summer 2022 prevent students from conducting research in-person.  

If you are interested in participating for future opportunities (e.g. Summer 2022), please complete the form to be added to the MCHRI project list.

Funding

Students will receive a stipend of up to $7,500 for 8-10 weeks over the summer, including student housing stipend, for a minimum of 320 hours and maximum of 400 hours.  Students may be eligible for an additional needs-based supplement of up to $1500.

Eligibility

Stanford URM/FLI undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in their sophomore year interested in biomedical research and working with Stanford faculty during the summer of 2022 on maternal and child health related research. Students must be available for 8-10 weeks from June 20, 2022 through August 26, 2022.

Students will need to provide the following information in their application form:

  • Contact Information
  • Paragraph describing their interest in the faculty mentor research project(s) and their goals for the internship (300 words)
  • List of undergraduate courses taken that are relevant to this opportunity
  • Apply for up to 3 projects, list of projects can be found here.  

Contact

Please contact MCHRI Administration at mchri_admin@stanford.edu or 650-724-0279 with any questions.