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Outreach Scholars

The Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars program is a 10-week summer community-based
research program for Mississippi and Louisiana college students.
Dates for the 2021 program are May 24, 2021 – July 30, 2021.
The deadline to submit applications for the Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars Program is January 29, 2021.
** Applicants must be a Mississippi or Louisiana resident and a valid US citizen to be eligible to apply. **

*Please note that all program training and internship dates are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
** Please also note, the Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars Program is prepared to offer a virtual summer research program in place of the in-person internship should COVID restrictions resume for Summer 2021.

The Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars Program is a summer community-based research program for Mississippi and Louisiana college students that is hosted by the Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center conducts research that focuses on health disparities affecting African American and Native American populations in the Deep South, particularly in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana. Specifically, the Telenutrition Center’s research targets chronic preventable diseases such as diabetes and obesity in these populations by investigating the relationship of these diseases with diet and physical activity.

Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars will receive one-week orientation where they will learn of the research activities of the Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center and be matched with a research mentor from the Telenutrition Center. Students will then spend the following 9-weeks conducting research activities related to one of the three Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center research projects:

Learning Mississippi’s Nutrition Physical Activity and Health Needs is an effort to work with communities to conduct a needs assessment of Mississippi and Louisiana to capture demographics, access to health care, nutrition and physical activity behaviors, technology, as well as health, social support, and self-efficacy for nutrition/physical activity behaviors.

Move & Eat 2 Live Program is an intervention program that will utilize interventionists trained as health coaches to deliver a nutrition and physical activity program for young to middle aged adult African Americans in South Mississippi.

Okla Achukma Project is a project to address diet and physical activity behaviors among Southeastern Native Americans to treat and prevent obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.

The summer research program begins mid-May and ends the last week of July. Outreach Scholars will complete one week of orientation followed by a nine-week mentored internship to gain experience in community-based research. Outreach Scholars are expected to be present on campus approximately 32 hours/week. At the end of the program, Outreach Scholars will prepare an abstract and a research poster to present at both the Mississippi IDeA Conference and the Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting
Applications due by January 29, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email us at msinbre@usm.edu.

Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center
The Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars Program is hosted by the Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center at The University of Southern Mississippi.
For more information, visit their homepage at https://www.telenutritioncenter.com/. For questions about this internship, please contact Mrs. Sermin Aras at sermin.aras@usm.edu or at 601.266.4384.

Requirements

All Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars are required to be enrolled as college students at the time of internship, Mississippi or Louisiana residents, and U.S. citizens. Applications from students who do not fit these requirements will not be considered for funding.

For the duration of the program, student interns are expected to work hard, learn new research methods, develop interpersonal skills, and build professional relationships. They are required to present their research at both the Mississippi IDeA Conference and the Mississippi Academy of Sciences annual meeting following completion of their internships.
Mississippi INBRE requires all participants to adhere to all instructions and requirements given by the Mississippi INBRE Telenutrition Center staff.
Please view the student expectations and deliverables for a complete list of requirements.

Award

Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars receive an award of $3,750. This award should be used to cover living expenses throughout the 10-week summer internship AND to help pay for travel expenses to Mississippi Academy of Sciences and the Mississippi IDeA Conference.

Deadline

The deadline to submit applications for the Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars program is the close of business (5 p.m.) January 29.

Application

To apply for the Mississippi INBRE Outreach Scholars program, fill out the form below and submit attachments of your resume and personal statement. 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 that may be missing as well as notification of acceptance of 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 usm.edu email address. Please make sure that our email communication is not being flagged to your junk mail folders.

Your 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. Interviews will begin in February of 2021 and continue until all positions are filled. Selected outreach scholars will be notified mid-March 2021.

If you have any questions about our student awards, please email us at msinbre@usm.edu.