The University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL) Minority Health Disparities (MHD) Summer Research Program (SRP) is funded through an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant. This grant allows undergraduate students who qualify to receive training in research in their field. Each year, about ten students are accepted into the SRP in MHD and spent ten weeks working on research at UNL under the direction of a faculty mentor. Students are paired with faculty mentors working on research. Undergraduate students in the program receive a stipend as well as housing for the duration of the ten week summer program. The MHD REU program focuses on social network analysis applied in minority health research and is directed by Dr. Kirk Dombrowski of the Department of Sociology.
MERC is currently assessing the outputs and outcomes produced by the MHD REU program.
The evaluation includes the students’ knowledge, skills, and behavioral changes before and after going through the program, their experiences with their faculty mentors, and what they gain going through the program. The evaluation focuses on generating formative recommendations as well as assessing the overall impacts.
More information on the MHD REU program can be found here: http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/health