Program at a Glance

Hosted in part 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 college 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
  • 8 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 8-week summer internship and to help pay for travel expenses to required professional meetings. Housing for orientation will be provided. Extended housing may be provided on an as-needed basis.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Mississippi Residency


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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