Minimizing Health Disparities



Tianna MacMeans
Program Coordinator, UROC
Phone: 520.621.7808

The University of Arizona
Graduate College
Minimizing Health Disparities
PO Box 210066
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

    The University of Arizona (UArizona) Graduate College offers an amazing summer research experience focused on health issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner.   MHD participants have access to state-of-the-art research facilities.  UArizona is one of the top 20 public universities in the country, as reflected in our rankings by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and discipline-specific assessments.  The University of Arizona is a research extensive and Land Grant University, and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities.  It is one of a few universities in the country that houses Colleges of Science, Medicine and Agriculture within the same campus.  This configuration, in addition to the presence of Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and Public Health, and the Arizona Cancer Center (the largest such center in the Southwest), Sarver Heart Center, and the Steele Children's Research Center, gives the University of Arizona unparalleled opportunities in biomedical teaching and research.  Adding to this configuration is the BIO5 Institute that brings together scientists from five disciplines - agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science and engineering. 

    Benefits specific to MHD include: 

    • six units of upper division research credit
    • weekly speaker series focused specifically on biomedical research related to health disparities
    • workshops focused on issues related to biomedical research and graduate school preparation
    • $5000 stipend for the 10 weeks
    • on-campus housing, dependent upon availability

    To qualify for this program, students must:

    • Students underrepresented in graduate education are encouraged to apply
    • Be US citizens or permanent residents
    • Have a major in fields leading to biomedical careers, (i.e. Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Nutritional Sciences, etc.)
    • Have completed a minimum of 75 semester units toward your bachelor's degree
      Graduation date of December 2022 or later
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Be interested in pursuing graduate education in a biomedical field

        The MHD coordinator will communicate with all students via UArizona email and post the summer calendar, course information and announcements accordingly.  MHD is a full-time, 40 hours per week, and full participation is required.

        Program Overview - 2022 Schedule (2023 Tentative based on COVID-19 Guidelines)

        Sunday, June 5, 2022 - UROC Welcome & General Orientation, 4:00 PM
        Monday, June 6, 2022 - MHD Program Orientation
         - Research Schedule - 30-32 hours a week per faculty's schedule
        Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - Friday, June 10, 2022 - GRE Test Preparation Workshop
        Week of June 13, 2022 - GRE Math/Writing Assistance Sessions, TBA
        - GRE Test Registration TBA
        Friday, June 17, 2022 - Graduate School Symposium
        Thursday - June 23, 2022 - GRE Office Hours with Michael Flynn
        Thursday - June 30, 2022 - GRE Office Hours with Michael Flynn
        Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - Kellner Presentation/Communication Skills Training
         - Kellner individual program meetings schedule - TBA
        Friday, July 8, 2022 - GRE Test Preparation Final Review
        Friday, August 5, 2022 - MHD Colloquia (Oral Presentations)
        Monday, August 8, 2022 - UROC Poster Session & Closing Ceremony TBA

        (This information is subject to change)