This is the T-Shirt design for the 2002 cohort of MIRT students and mentors.

Department of Biology
Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program
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Mid-South Coalition for MHIRT (formerly MIRT)
CBU's MHIRT Information Directory
  • Program Calendar for 2008-2009
  • 2008 Projects Symposium: 13 Sept 2008 Photos.
  • Photos from 2008 trip to Heifer Project are on facebook.

  • Information on Current Projects
    2007 Project Descriptions
     

  • Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Dr. Maria Risoleta Marques's Lab
  • Dr. Antonio de Padua Carobrez's Lab
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dr. Luiz Britto's Lab, Univ. São Paulo 
  • Dr. Claudio Toledo's Lab, City University of São Paulo. 
  • Curitiba, BrazilDr. Bonald C. Figueiredo's lab. 
  • Belém, Brazil  Research on retinitis pigmentosa
  • Pantanal and Emas National Park, Brazil
  • Dr. Leandro Silveira.  Carnivore conservation projects
  • Uganda 

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  • MHIRT Objectives 
  • Overview Slide show
  • Application Guidelines 
  • Program Description
  • Evaluation criteria 
  • Application Form
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Overview Slide Show
  • 2007 Project Descriptions (MSWord)
  • All MHIRT participants attend these activities:
  • BioEthics Workshop at CBU
  • Team building workshop in Perryville, Ark. at Heifer Project.  Photos: 2007
  • Cross Cultural Training
  • Applications for Summer 2008 are now being accepted!
  • The 2008 MHIRT Group at Heifer Project (March 2008)
    Above:  2008 MHIRT participants gather at Heifer Project

    A major collaborative project involving CBU,  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Tennessee State University has been funded by NIH.

    • Overview Minority Health International Research Training is in its seventh year of training undergraduate and graduate students in basic science, qualitative and clinical research at CBU.  The program begins accepting students in the fall semester with the deadline for applications the end of January.  After acceptance, students going to Brazil begin Portuguese language lessons with a native speaker.  There are also two sites involving qualitative methods and public health in rural Uganda.  The students also attend two weekend retreats in the spring semester prior to departure.  The students spend 10-12 weeks in the foreign site and work with researchers in laboratories or clinics.  Upon return the students gather for a weekend retreat to present a power point on their summer research.  The outcome assessments for the program in addition to the power point presentation are a paper written in journal article, APA style and a reflection essay.  The grant pays for all travel related expenses, room and board and a stipend.  Any US citizen can apply, but students from the Universities participating in the Memphis area are given preference.  For further information contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (malinda@cbu.edu).  Overview Slide Show 
    • The MHIRT grant to CBU funds an innovative science and research program involving CBU, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Tennessee State University. Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Biology at CBU, and Dr. Raul Ribeiro from St. Jude oversee the three-year funding initiative which impacts local and international scientific research. 
    • There are several types of funded summer research opportunities available to undergraduates which involve joining research teams in Brazil or Uganda.  For example, the research projects for 2005 included vision research in São Paulo under the direction of Dr. Toledo and, in Florianopolis, projects on memory acquisition (Dr. Antonio Padua Carobrez).
  • Scroll down this page for a more detailed description of the program and eligibility criteria.
  • Professional Oncology Education Program (a predoctoral research training program from St. Jude).

  • Links to More Summer Research and Internship Programs
    2006 MHIRT Symposium
    Above:  MHIRT participants gather at CBU for the 2006 Symposium.

    Above left:MIRT 2004 Students at Heifer Project (March 2004).  Above right: MIRT students presented their 2003 research at TAS (April 2004) (Christina Martinez, Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Cynthia Carceres, and Manny Patel).  Manny and Nathan Daulton also presented their research at the ASB meeting.
    Application deadline: 27 Jan. 2008
    For information contact Dr. Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald.
    Current MHIRT Program Calendar
    (Listings for Fall and Spring-Summer are continually updated, please scroll to current and near future dates.)
    Jump to Spring & Summer 2009
    Fall 2008
  • Saturday, 13 Sept 2008 starting at 9:00 am in Sabbatini Lounge, 2nd floor Thomas Center.
  • Project Symposium and Wrap up for Summer 2008 projects.
    • Symposium Presentations: 

    • 9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in Sabbatini (Thomas Center), CBU.  CBU campus map
  • Photos from 13 Sept. 2008 MHIRT Symposium
    • Friday:  Arrival of out of town students. 
    • Saturday:  Presentations
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    • Come to the symposium to find out more about the MHIRT program in Brazil and Uganda. (RSVP to Dr. Fitzgerald to attend the luncheon)

    • Prospective applicants should plan on attending this symposium.
    • MHIRT is a paid internship.  All expenses relative to travel, room and board, preparation, and workshops are paid for and you receive a stipend.
    Saturday, 13 September 2008  MHIRT Symposium Schedule of Presentations:

    8:30  Coffee and muffins
    9:00  Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald Brief overview of MHIRT 
    9:15  Stephanie Johnson, Hope Shackelford  “Influence of Luminance Contrast in the Amplitude of Multifocal Visual Evoked Potentials”
    9:30   Alanya Smith, Joanna Moore “The Efficacy of Art Therapy as a Psychosocial Intervention for Former Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda”
    9:45   Andrew Tomita “School-based Mental Health Intervention on Resiliency Among Former Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda: Direction for Future Policy and Practice”
    10:00  Joseph Clara “Effect of motor cortex stimulation on neuronal activation in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in rats with peripheral neuropathy”
    10:15  Tesfa Alexander, Victoria Kronenwetter “Traditional and Modern Health Practitioners: Facilitating a Cooperation to Improve Healthcare in Southwest Uganda”
    10:30  Melody Allensworth “The Efficacy of Prazosin in Contextual Fear Conditioning in Rats”
    10:45  Jeremy Armstrong, Adam Luka “Mapping of the 5-HT2A Receptor in the Edinger-Westphal Region of the Pigeon (Columbia livia): An Immunohistochemical study”
    11:00  Doug Newell “Infection Prevention Unit at the Mae Tao Clinic”
    11:15  Janine DaSilva “Comparing the Amplification of Housekeeping Genes in Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannmei) DNA of previously extracted samples with their corresponding samples stored in FTA® Cards”
    11:30  Lunch served
    12:15  Rachel Savoy, Svetlana Lapova “Carnivore Conservation Pantanal/Emas National Park, Brazil”
    12:30 Laura Anglin, Jessica Harmon “Emas National Park Maned Wolf Follow-up” 
    12:45  Kim Nguyen, Mariaah Williams “DNA Extraction from Paraffin Embedded and Frozen Adrenocortical Tumors”
    1:00    Angelique Jackson “Hurry up and Wait: Patient Wait Time Study”
    1:15  Wrap-up and Evaluation.  Debriefing and discussion of summer work, evaluations and other business for the 2008 MHIRT students.

    • For more information on MHIRT, the symposium and to attend the luncheon, please contact:  malinda@cbu.edu
  • 2007 Symposium photos are postedList of presentations.

  • 2006 MHIRT Symposium Presentations
  • Date TBA Sept. 2008
    • MHIRT Informational Talk

    • MHIRT Research Opportunties
    • MHIRT is a paid internship.  All expenses relative to travel, room and board, preparation, and workshops are paid for and you receive a stipend.

    • Overview Slide show
       
    • For more information on MHIRT and the talk(s) at CBU, Univ. of  Memphis, etc., please contact:  malinda@cbu.edu
  • Friday, 28 September 2007
    • Talk on MHIRT Research Opportunties 
      • 1:00 p.m. at University of Memphis
      • Room 220 Smith Chemistry Building
    • Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald will be speaking at the SAACS meeting. 
      • This was arranged by Angel Greene.
    Saturday, 1 November 2008  GuluWalk 
     
    • An event in Memphis to benefit the children of War-Torn Northern Uganda 
  • Date TBA, Nov. 2008  MHIRT Seminar:   Brazilian Researchers visit CBU
  • Time and room TBA
  • Possible visiting researchers include:
    • Dr. Maria Risoleta Marques  Project description
      • "Use of heat shock protein expression as bioindicators in environmental pollution."
      • Dr. Marques is an environmental scientist interested in using heat shock protein expression in either bivalves or shrimp as a bioindicator of environmental pollution.  Techniques used in this research include Western blots of tissue obtained from shrimp or bivalues that have been exposed to heavy metals.   Department of Biochemistry, University of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina Island, Florianopolis, Brazil
      • Slide show about Dr. Marques's research
    • Dr. Antonio de Padua Carobrez  Project description
      • "Studying Defensive Behavior in Rodents to Understand Anxiety"  Slide presentation online
      • Dr. Padua is a behavioral pharmacologist interested in the use of neuropharmacology to investigate anxiety and memory. 

      • Department of Pharmacology, University of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina Island, Florianopolis, Brazil
      • Slide presentation about Dr. Padua's research
    • Dr. Claudio Toledo Project description
  • MHIRT Research Opportunties in Florianopolis, Brazil
  • Dr. Maria Risoleta Marques and Dr. Antonio de Padua Carobrez will be meeting with interested students during their visit to CBU. 
  • Project description
  • MHIRT Research Opportunties in São Paulo, Brazil
    • Dr. Claudio Toledo will be meeting with interested students during his visit to CBU.
    • Project description


    Above: Drs. Toledo, Risoleta Marques, and Padua Carobrez
    during their visit to CBU, Nov 2007.
  • If you need any further information contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald  malinda@cbu.edu.
  • You are invited to attend and find out about MHIRT paid research opportunities in Brazil for 2008!
  • For further information please contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (malinda@cbu.edu)
  • Current MHIRT Program Calendar
    Spring and Summer 2009
  •  27 January 2009  (rolling acceptances) 
    • Deadline for applications for Summer projects.
  • Student Applications for summer session due.  Applications processed and reviewed.
  • TBA March 2009Annual Team Building Workshop:  Global Challege at Heifer Ranch in Perryville Ark.
    • For all students accepted to MHIRT for Summer 2009.
    Previous Workshops:
  • 14-16 March 2008  Annual Team Building Workshop:  Global Challege at Heifer Ranch in Perryville Ark.  Photos are on Facebook
  • Fri.-Sun.,  30 March - 1 April  2007 Annual Team Building Workshop:  Global Challege at Heifer Ranch in Perryville Ark.
  • Annual Team Building Workshop at Heifer Ranch in Perryville Ark. 24-26 March 2006 

  •  (Photos from 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002)
  • April 2009 at CBU
    • Portugese Lessons for MHIRT Students who will travel to Brazil
  • Mrs. Berry's Powerpoint slides (from 2006):
  • May 2009  at CBU 
  • Qualitative Methods Workshop
  • For students going to Uganda 
  • Qualitative Methods Workshop
    For students going to Uganda 
  • Saturday, (date/roomTBA) April/May 2009at CBU
  • Annual MHIRT Bioethics Workshop
  • ~9:30 am--3:00 pm CBU campus map
  • This workshop is required by NIH as a part of the MHIRT program.
  •  Annual MHIRT Bioethics Workshop for students and faculty traveling to international sites. 
       All interested CBU Biology Students and prospective MHIRT participants are encouraged to attend.
  • May 2009  at CBU 
      • All MHIRT participants should plan to attend both morning and afternoon sessions
    Cross Cultural Training and Nuts and Bolts of Travel
    For all students accepted to MHIRT for the following Summer.
  • May or June through August 2009
  • Research In Country
    Selected students carry out research at international sites (in Uganda or Brazil).
  • Friday, 28 September 2007
    • Talk on MHIRT Research Opportunties 
      • 1:00 p.m. at University of Memphis
      • Room 220 Smith Chemistry Building
    • Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald will be speaking at the SAACS meeting. 
        • This was arranged by Angel Greene.
    MHIRT Informational Talk
     
  • MHIRT is a paid internship.  All expenses relative to travel, room and board, preparation, and workshops are paid for and you receive a stipend.

  • Overview Slide show
     
  • For more information on MHIRT and the talk at Univ. of  Memphis, please contact:  malinda@cbu.edu
  • For further information please contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (malinda@cbu.edu)
  • Jump to Fall Program Calendar
    MHIRT (MIRT) Activities from Previous Years
       
  • Saturday, 15 September 2007
    • Projects Symposium and Wrap up for Summer 2007 projects   Photos are posted.
      • Symposium Presentations: 

      • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in room S155 (Science Building), CBU. CBU campus map
  • Tentative Schedule of Events 15 Sept. 2007 MHIRT Symposium... see list at the right.
    • Friday, 14 Sept.:  Arrival of out of town students. 
    • Saturday, 15 Sept.:  Presentations
      •  
    • Come to the symposium to find out more about the MHIRT program in Brazil and Uganda.  (RSVP to Dr. Fitzgerald to attend the luncheon) Prospective applicants should plan on attending this symposium.

    • MHIRT is a paid internship.  All expenses relative to travel, room and board, preparation, and workshops are paid for and you receive a stipend.
      For more information on MHIRT, the symposium and to attend the luncheon, please contact:  malinda@cbu.edu
    Saturday, 15 September 2007  MHIRT Symposium
    Schedule of Presentations:

     8:30 Coffee and muffins in hall outside S155
     9:00  Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald Brief overview of MHIRT
     9:15  Chemetra Patrick and Jacob McMillan  "Testing the limits of color vision by manipulating spatial frequency and color contrast." Mentor Dr. Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira, Universidade Federal do Pará, Belem Brazil.
     9:30  Kyle Summers  "Serotonergic innervation of Superior Salivatory Nucleus."  Mentor Dr. Claudio A.B. Toledo, UNCID Sao Paulo Brazil. 
     9:45  Phuongdinh Nguyen "The Effects of Odor-Shock Pairing on Rats' Neurobehaviors"  Mentor Dr. Antonio Padua Carobraez, Department of Pharmacology University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis Brazil.
    10:00  Jennifer Meeks and Ben Lyon "Voices from No-Man's Land: An Assessment of Psychosocial Interventions in Northern Uganda."  Mentors Dr. Teri Mason, Dr. Mohamed Kanu and Ms. Julia Hanebrink, CBU and TSU.
    10:15 Jessica Harmon “Emas National Park Scat Detector Dog Project” Mentors Carly H Vynne University of WA and Dr. Leandro Silveria Carnivore Conservation, Brazil.
    10:30  Maria Shiue “HSP-60 Levels in the Gills of Crassostrea gigas.”  Mentor Dr. Maria Risoleta Marques, Department of Biochemistry, University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis Brazil.
    10:45  Andy Trent  “Public Health Education at the Mae Tao Clinic, Thailand.” Mentor Meredith Walsh MPH
    11:00  Susan Acuff and Jennifer Haaga  "Investigating Allele Configuration Between Li-Fraumeni Syndrome and p53 Polymorphism (and their Relationship in Reference to Dual Inheritance)."  Mentors Dr. Bonald C. Figueiredo and Dr. Roberto Rosati.
    11:15  Michael Webb “Understanding the Endocannabinoid System and Its possible Roles in Neuroprotection.” Mentors Dr. Luiz R. G. Britto, Gabriela Chaves, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
    11:30  Kasebaoth Mekonnen and Mary Fryman “Malaria Education in Ishaka, Uganda.”  Mentors Julia Hanebrink, Dr. Teri Mason, and Dr. Mohamed Kanu.
    11:45  Scott Landis "Future Plans for Potential South Africa MHIRT sites."
    Noon:  Lunch served in area outside S155*    *others are welcome just let Dr. Fitzgerald know by Tues.9/11
     1:15  Wrap-up and Evaluation.  Debriefing and discussion of summer work, evaluations and other business for the 2007 MHIRT students.

  • Thursday, 29 Nov. 2007  Status Report from the Burma and Thai Border  6:00 pm at CBU in S153
  • Meredith Walsh and Andrew Trent will be speaking at CBU about their experiences on the Burma-Thai Border, working with internally displaced individuals. 
  • Meredith, a Memphis native has been working with refugees in Thailand and Burma for two years and she served as a MHIRT summer 2007 research mentor for Andy Trent, a second year medical student from UT Memphis. 
    • The program was on November 29th at 6pm in S153 and is open to the public.  They will talk about their experiences at the Mao Tao clinic and their first hand experiences.
    For further information please contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (malinda@cbu.edu)
  • 17 September 2005, Saturday
    • Projects Symposium and Wrap up for Summer 2005 projects and Five-Year Reunion
    • Symposium Presentations: 9:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. in room S153 (Science Building), CBU. CBU campus map
  • Photos from the 2005 Symposium
  • Summer 2006 Projects Symposium

  • Saturday, 16 September 2006

     8:30  Coffee and muffins in hall outside S214
     9:00 Dr. Malinda Fitgerald Brief overview of MHIRT
     9:15  Kat Wells  Pediatric Oncology, Curitiba BR
     9:30  Manny Patel and Mechelle Elosiebo Hope North, Uganda
     9:50  Hannah Shackelford Heat Shock Protein and environmental pollution in shrimp, Florinapolis, BR
    10:05  Laura Paxson, Visual Evoked Potentials, Belem BR
    10:20  Marvin Lai and Abdul Ba, Glutamate receptors and injury, Sao Paulo BR
    10:40  Crystal Ton and Julia Hanebrink, Malaria Education, Ishaka Uganda
    11:00  Niki Patel, Molecular biology and pediatric oncology, Curitiba BR
    11:15  Laura Anglin and Ashley Ragsdale, Diet and Home Range of carnivores at Emas Park, BR
    11:35  Chinara Tate, Contrast sensitivity testing, Belem, BR
    11:50  Heather Woolls, Neuropharmacology and behavior, Florinapolis, BR

    Lunch served in area outside S153*    *others are welcome just let Dr. Fitzgerald know by Wed 9/13

    Wrap-up and Evaluation
     1:15    Update on video project 2 (Hope North, Uganda) from Manny Patel
     1:30-4:00  Debriefing and discussion of summer work, evaluations and other business for the 2006 MHIRT students
     

  • Summer 2005 Projects Symposium:

  • Schedule: (Times are approximate)
    8:30    Coffee and muffins in atrium outside S153 (Please no food in auditorium)
    9:00  Christina Brown.  Mentor Dr. Bonald Figueiredo.  Center for Molecular Genetics and cancer research in children, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.  "Newborn genotyping for TP53 R337H in Southern Brazil where it is responsible for almost all cases of childhood adrenocortical carcinoma." 
    9:15  [cancelled] Eddie Hernandez.  Mentor Dr. Luiz Britto. Universidade of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil.
    9:30 Annette Diggs. Mentor:  Dr. Antonio P. Carobrez.  Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina  "Anxiolytic effects of Beta-adrenergic blockers are mediated by the brain but not periphery"
    9:45  Chrystal Ton and Beth DeBlanc. Mentors: Dr.  Janet McCord and Teri Mason.  Christian Brothers University.  "Implementation of an educational tool for use of insecticide treated bed nets in the prevention of malaria."
    10:15  Dodie Arnold. Mentor: Dr. Bonald Figueiredo. Center for Molecular Genetics and cancer research in children, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.  "A Specific Bi-Immunoassay for Placental Alkaline Phosphatase as a Tumor Marker"
    10:30-10:45   Break
    10:45  Sarah Frith, Michaela Lemen, Manish Patel and Brooke Windsor.  Mentors: Dr. Janet McCord and Teri Mason.  Christian Brothers University. And Okello Sam of Hope North  Health needs assessment of Hope North"
    11:15  Reena Patel and Bob Dalsania.  Mentors: Dr. Raquel Pires, Dr. Claudio Toledo and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.  City University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil and Christian Brothers University "Interspecies differences in the expression of the AMPA-type glutamate receptors in the nucleus of Edinger-Westphal of chick embryos and young adult chicks."
    11:30  Jennifer  Paxson.   Mentor: Dr. Maria Marques. Universidade Federal de Sata Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil  "Effects of Cadmium exposure on the GST activity and HSP-70 levels in the gills of the mangrove oyster, Crassostrea rhizophorae." Brazil travel photos from Jennifer Paxson.
    11:45 Jennifer Bernard.Mentor:  Dr. Leandro Silveira. Pro Carnivore and University Brazilla, Brazilla Brazil.  "Jaguar conservation in the Pantanal" Pantanal 2005:  Photos from Jenny Bernard
    12:00-1:00  Break (Lunch for those who have made reservations)
    1:00-2:30  Meeting of the 2005 MHIRT students with Drs Fitzgerald, McCord and Mason in room S214.  Visit with Okello
  • Presentation of Summer 2005 MHIRT Projects:
    • Teri Mason (Behavioral Sciences) took three MHIRT program student participants to the 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, in Vancouver, British Columbia, in March 2006 to present research from summer 2005 projects in Uganda.
    Christina Blanchard-Horan and Teri Mason presented "Student Opportunities for Support for International Research through NIH MHIRT Programs" (Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald also contributed); Crystal Ton and Beth DeBlanc (graduate program in Medical Anthropology, U of M) presented "A Malaria Prevention Strategy in Uganda"; and Manny Patel (CBU Biology '05) presented "Barriers to Self Sustainability at an Alternative IDP Camp."
  • 2-5 Nov. 2005 CBU MHIRT Students Present their research at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Photos from 2005 ABRCMS
  • Nov. 2005:  Four CBU students and one student from U. of Memphis will travel to Atlanta with Dr. Fitzgerald to present their MHIRT Research in poster sessions at the 2005 ABRCMS 
  • Summer 2004 Projects Symposium
  • 25 Sept. 2004
  • MIRT Participants from Summer 2004 presented their results and shared their experiences in Uganda and Brazil. 
  • Summer 2004 Projects Symposium:
  • Adriane Wilkinson (Glutamate receptors)
  • Ashley Miller (Cadmium Exposure Biomarkers)
  • Brandon Ballard (CB1 receptors in chick brain)
  • Cristina Martinez (Adrenocortical Cancer)
  • Jennifer Longo and Sara Lynch (Maned Wolf)
  • Jerad Schultz (Glutamate receptors)
  • Kelley Ward (Plus Maze)
  • Reddy Jenkins (DNA hybridization)
  • Uganda Team report Adrian Daniels, Sarah Firth, Steven Moore, and Meredith Walsh (Client Perceptions of the AIG Personal Accident Policy)

  • Uganda pictures 2004
  • Summer 2003 Projects Symposium

  • MIRT Participants from Summer 2003 presented their results and share their experiences in Uganda and Brazil.  Luncheon served.

    Slide Presentations:

  • Fundraiser: Subsidized Bed Nets for Malaria Prevention in Uganda (MSWord)
    • The fundraiser was a lock-up and party at Panchos Mexican Restaurant on 15 November 2003.
      The "Easy Access to Bed Nets" organization was founded by three MIRT students [Teshie Dotson (CBU), Crystal Ton (Univ. Memphis) and Brett Wainger (CBU, ’03)] during their summer 2003 research trip to Uganda.  More information about the Bednets project and its funding (MSWord). 
    • Article in the 14 Nov. 2003 Commercial Appeal
  • Team Building Workshops at Heifer Project in Perryville Ark. For all students accepted to MIRT for the following Summer.  (photos from 2004, 2003, and 2002)
  • Wednesday, 3 November 2004 Carnivore Conservation Research Opportunties in Brazil:MIRT Informational Meeting
    • Dr. Leandro Silviera from Emas National Park was at CBU to give a seminar on his program in Brazil
    • His  talk was at 12:00 in room S201.  His topic was jaguar conservation. 

    • Dr. Silvera directed the summer 2004 research by  Jennifer Longo and Sara Lynch on Maned Wolves.
  • Thursday, 13 November 2003  MIRT Seminar 1:00 p.m. in S153 (Science Building), CBU.  CBU campus map
  • Dr. Marques is an environmental scientist interested in heat shock protein as an indicator of pollution in invertebrates and vertebrates.  She was here last year and Nathan Daulton (Chem E) worked in her lab summer 2003.
  • Students who worked in Dr. Risoletta Marques' lab in 2003: 
  • Dr. Antonio Padua Carobrez of Florianopolis Brazil
    • Dr. Antonio Padua Carobrez's 2003 seminar.
    • Dr. Padua was Manny Patel's mentor during the summer of 2003 and he was very happy with the work Manny did in his lab.
    • Manny Patel's research was "Anxiolytic effects of 8 OH DPAT are abolished in test-experienced rats submitted to the elevated plus maze."

    • Dr. Antonio Padua Carobrez Department of Pharmacology Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, SC Brazil
  • MIRT Reseach Opportunities Seminars
    • MIRT funded research opportunities

    • Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
    • Vision Research in Brazil Wednesday, 11 October 2006  Vision Research Opportunties in Brazil: MHIRT Informational Meeting

    • Dr. Claudio Toledo, one of the Brazilian mentors for the MHIRT program, answered questions about future research in Brazil.  The summer research opportunity is open to juniors and above.
    • Research opportunities in Uganda

    • Formerly directed by Dr. Janet McCord, CBU Dept. of Religion and Philosophy.
    • Dr. Maria Risoleta Marques was in Memphis from Florianopolis Brazil on 21 Nov. 2002. 

    • Dr. Marques discussed her research in aquatic environmental science.  One of her research interests is the expression of heat shock proteins in bivalves as an environmental pollution indicator.
      View Dr. Marques' seminar slides on the web.
  • More links to Previous MIRT Seminars:
  • TRAINING OBJECTIVES

    The Minority Health International Research Training grants are designed to offer research training opportunities to qualified eligible students and faculty to participate in international biomedical and behavioral research programs abroad. The proposed training program is expected to increase awareness of international research issues and opportunities, acquaint students with a range of career opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research and encourage participants to pursue post-baccalaureate degrees and careers in biomedical and behavioral research especially related to minority health problems.  The program is also expected to enhance the training efforts and international collaborative research activities of the faculty participants.

    The following specific objectives have been identified based on the overall goals for the MIRT program:

    1. To support research experience for qualified eligible undergraduate students in international laboratories under the mentorship of outstanding U.S. and foreign scientists including:

    • Training in experimental design, interpretation of data and the use of current scientific equipment and analytical methods.
    • Knowledge of the scientific literature associated with their projects, biomedical research ethics and cultural aspects affecting scientific and medical issues at the foreign site.
    • Experience in the written and oral presentation of scientific research.
    • Encouragement to complete a baccalaureate degree and enter graduate or professional school to pursue a biomedical or behavioral research career.
    2. To support eligible graduate and medical student training in an international setting that provides unique opportunities for research relevant to their dissertation or clinical studies, contributes to the completion of advanced biomedical or behavioral science degrees and results in scientific conference presentations and publications.

    3. To facilitate research collaborations between minority scientists and scientists at centers of excellence in biomedical and behavioral research abroad resulting in expanded research capabilities, scientific conference presentations, publications and subsequent grant applications for continuing research support.

    International Research Opportunities for Minority Students
    Funded by: Fogarty International Center and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities 
    of the National Institutes of Health
    Sponsored by: MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONALRESEARCH, a consortium of Christian Brothers University, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital International Outreach, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rust College, and Tennessee State University
    MHIRT APPLICATION GUIDELINES 2007
    Postmark or FAX DEADLINE for Applications: 
    27 Jan. 2008
    Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, ATTN: MIRT Program
    Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South
    Memphis, TN  38104-5581
    Phone: 1-901-321-3262     E-mail: malinda@cbu.edu
    FAX 1-901-321-4433
    St. Jude International Outreach  http://www.stjude.org/io
    CBU MIRT info [this site]  http://www.cbu.edu/~aross/biodept/MIRT-CBU.html
    • PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    • Funded by the Fogarty International Center and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, the MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH provides international research training opportunities to qualified minority undergraduates, graduate and medical students underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.  The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Grant Program, is under new management (as of 2005) at the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
       
      • Through academic programs in their home institutions, students acquire the basic skills needed to conduct research and become eligible to participate in a research project in Brazil or Uganda.
      • Research projects will be undertaken that address problems inherent to health care in minority and rural populations in the U.S. and in developing countries.
      • Depending upon their special interest, students participate in laboratory research in Florianopolis or São Paulo, wildlife biology at Emas National Park, or a study of health care quality or efficacy of mosquito net education in rural Uganda. 
      • The primary mission of this program is provide minority students with an opportunity to undertake international research that has the potential to make a real difference in the health care of under served populations in the U.S. and developing countries.
    • ELIGIBILITY

    • Participating students and faculty must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
      • Minimum Requirements.
        • Preference is given to undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of course work in a major related to biomedical or behavioral science, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and previous undergraduate research experience.
        • Undergraduates with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered if a letter of reference from a faculty member of their home institution indicates evidence of exceptional scientific interest and talent.
        • Graduate or medical students may be accepted after all eligible undergraduates are placed. 
      • U.S. faculty applicants wishing to serve as mentors for student participants must have doctoral degrees and full-time appointments at a member institution in the MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH
        • U.S. faculty mentors should show evidence of their ongoing collaboration with the proposed foreign training site institution including sources of funding for research conducted there and recent publications resulting from that research.  A proposed training plan should be submitted describing possible student research projects, research skills to be taught and estimating the time that the mentor will spend with students in research and training activities, before, during (if necessary) and after travel to the foreign site.  Proposed U.S. faculty mentors should also provide evidence of experience in successfully training undergraduate or graduate students in research.
      • Academic Focus.
        • Student applicants must demonstrate an interest in undertaking serious study in another country as part of their academic and career goals as indicated: 
          • (1) in the Statement of Purpose essay attached to their Application, and 
          • (2) for those applying to work in Brazil, by completion of courses in Portuguese prior to their international experience or participation in intensive language tutoring.
            • Assessment of language competency will affect the specific projects for which the applicant is eligible.
            • Language competency is self assessed by applicants on their application and may be orally confirmed prior to project assignments.
      • Length of Study.
        • Applicants will undertake training in research methods and/or  preliminary research for a minimum of one year prior to placement in an international laboratory, clinic, or qualitative research site.
        • Student work on-site in Brazil or Uganda will last a minimum of 10 weeks and coincide with the summer sessions of U.S. colleges and universities.
      • Home Institution. The MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH is committed to widely publicizing this opportunity to minority students in colleges and universities located in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
        • When students of equal talent apply, preference will be given to students recommended by faculty from institutions that are active members of the consortium.  Current members include: Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rust College, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital International Outreach, and Tennessee State University.
    • REVIEW OF APPLICANTS

    • Each application will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel including one representative from each member institution of the MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH and at least two panel members from institutions external to the consortium. 
      The following criteria are used by the review panel to evaluate applications:
        • Specific objectives of applicant and how these may be met by the program
        • Academic record and potential to succeed in the proposed study
        • Language interest and aptitude (for Brazil)
        • Maturity and flexibility as indicated by letters of reference and Statement of Purpose
        • Expected impact of study on future academic and international career goals
      • Students will be notified of the results of this review in February.
    • FUNDING
      • Selected students will be provided with travel related expenses and living expenses while on the international research site.
    • ACADEMIC CREDIT
      • Most students will be able to earn academic credit through their home institution's independent study programs.  The Program director will discuss this issue with the student and their institution at the time of selection. 
    Application Form
    The deadline for the receipt of all application materials for the summer of 2008: 
    27 Jan. 2008.
    The application consists of four parts:
      • (1) Applicant Data Form. 
      • Applicant data form to download and print  (MSWord).
      • If you have trouble downloading the form, please contact Dr. Fitzgerald to request that a copy of the form be emailed, mailed or faxed to you to fill out and send in.
      • (2) Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose is a critical part of the application and should include: 
      • (a) Why you want to conduct research abroad and how it will further your specific research project; 
      • (b) Your specific career objectives that relate to international study/research; 
      • (c) How you will apply your study abroad experience to your academic work upon returning to your home institution; and 
      • (d) Why you feel particularly suited or qualified to pursue this program of study. 
      • The application must include your contact email address.  The Applicant Data Form and Statement of purpose may be mailed or submitted by email.
      • (3) College transcript(s).  Original, official transcript(s) should sent, not a photocopy.  Transcripts can be accepted after the rest of the application is submitted.
      • (4) Three Letters of Reference.  Letter of Reference forms are to be distributed by the applicant to references.  Individuals providing a reference should complete the reference form, place in a sealed envelope, sign across the flap and return to the applicant to be submitted with the other parts of the application.  Each letter of reference must include a contact email address.  Alternatively, referees can mail or email letters of reference directly to Dr. Fitzgerald. 
    • Each part of the application is important and a final decision cannot be made until all four parts are received.

     
    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ~ MHIRT
    1)  Am I eligible to apply if my school is not a member of the MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH
    Yes.  We realize that many qualified students attend other institutions, and that we have not yet contacted all institutions that may wish to participate in this program. Contact the program by mail, fax, phone, or email at the address shown above and we will answer questions about the application and assist you with finding an appropriate contact person on your campus.
    2)  Am I required to take a language test before applying?
    No.  For work in Brazil, you are required to show proof of language study on your application form.  If selected, you may be asked to take an oral examination so that you can be placed in the best possible international setting for you. An intensive three month language course will be available to students without prior structured course work.
    3)  How important is the Statement of Purpose?
    The Statement of Purpose is a critical part of the application.  This is your opportunity to present your reasons for wanting to participate in an international opportunity.  Reviewers will be studying your application for evidence that you are capable, flexible and that your decision to travel to an international research site is purposeful, goal oriented and in keeping with the mission of the program. The primary mission of this program is to provide minority students and other underrepresented groups in Science with an opportunity to undertake international research that has the potential to make a real difference in the health care of under served populations in the U.S. and developing countries.
    4)  I have never traveled or studied abroad before, should I apply?
    Yes.  In fact, the MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH encourages you to apply.  One of the primary objectives of the program is to provide qualified minority students with the opportunity to further their career goals by participating in international opportunities.
    5)  Are all my costs related to this opportunity covered?
    Yes, the cost of visa, passport, airfare, food and housing while you are away and a small per diem for on-site expenses will be covered. 
    6)  What is the first thing I will need to do if my application is accepted?
    You will be sent an acceptance packet that will include steps to follow.  First, you will have to acknowledge your acceptance and return a health form signed by your family physician.  Next, you will need to complete the forms needed to acquire a passport and visa (if needed).  You will also receive the schedule for a mandatory orientation that you will attend prior to leaving the country. All the questions you may still have regarding what to take with you, travel and living arrangements, and cultural and training issues for the specific site you will visit will be answered at that orientation.
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