Program at a Glance

Hosted by our partners at My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. (MBK), the Mississippi INBRE Health Scholars Program (MIHS) is a 10-week summer internship for Mississippi undergraduate students. MIHS Scholars gain experience in community-based healthcare services research. The experience begins with two weeks of orientation at the MBK headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi. After orientation, scholars engage in an eight-week mentored internship at an MBK clinic. Students are mentored at one of the following clinic locations: Jackson, Hattiesburg or Gulfport, Mississippi. At the completion of the program, MIHS Scholars prepare an abstract and research poster to present at state, regional and/or national conferences.

MIHS is an excellent opportunity for students to gain research experiences that increase their competitiveness for graduate programs in health sciences, health professions and health-related fields. Apply for MIHS today and make a difference in your educational journey and our Mississippi communities.

Accepted scholars will receive:

  • Orientation, including interactive workshops related to community-based participatory research, cultural competence, team building, professional development and skills training/certification
  • Peer and faculty mentoring
  • Intervention delivery and real time clinical experience
  • Eight weeks of training in research process, social capital, and emerging health issues
  • Professional and personal development support toward graduation, advancement to graduate programs, and/or employment in a health-related field



MIHS Scholars receive an award of $6,500. This award should be used to cover living expenses throughout the eight-week summer internship and to help pay for travel expenses to required professional meetings. Housing for orientation will be provided. 

Program Dates

  • Application Deadline: 2/6/2024 at 5 PM CST
  • Training Camp: 5/20 – 5/31/2024
  •  Mississippi IDeA/EPSCoR Conference: 7/25/2024
  •  Total Program Duration: 5/20 – 7/25/2024


  • Undergraduate Classification
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Mississippi Residency
  • Applicants Must be 18 Years of Age or Older

All MIHS Scholars are required to be undergraduate students, Mississippi residents and U.S. citizens. Applicants who are not Mississippi residents but attend a Mississippi institution are also eligible, provided they meet all other qualifications. Graduating seniors as well as graduate students are not eligible to apply. Applications from students who do not fit these requirements will not be considered for funding.

For the duration of the program, Scholars are expected to work hard, learn new research methods, develop interpersonal skills and build professional relationships. MIHS awardees are required to present their summer research in a poster format at the annual Mississippi IDeA/EPSCoR Conference, held in late July each year. Students are also encouraged to present at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting, but it is not required.  


To apply for the MIHS program, fill out the form below and attach a resume and personal narrative. Please be sure to enter the required information correctly as this will be crucial in notifying students of their award status.

Please note that Mississippi INBRE uses email as the primary form of communication for following up on application details as well as notification of acceptance or declination of student awards. All Mississippi INBRE program staff are affiliated with The University of Southern Mississippi, and therefore will communicate via email from a email address. Please make sure that our email communication is not being flagged to your junk mail folders.

The personal statement should address the following:

• Why are you interested in community-based research?
• List any past research related activities you have been involved. Note: Previous research experience is not a requirement for acceptance to our program.
• Discuss the research role you would like to serve and the types of activities that are of interest to you.
• Briefly describe how involvement in research activities will enhance your academic/career goals.

After you submit your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview date and time. 



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