The purpose of the UCSD Health Sciences Institute: Research Methodology Training Lab
(RMTL) is to train students from disadvantaged backgrounds to conduct research in a
biochemical science lab to prepare them to enter graduate programs in the health
sciences addressing health disparities.
During the summer, students participate in a structured program (6 weeks for high
school and 8 weeks for undergraduate and community college students) where they
develop an original research project, write a report and prepare a presentation
to take to conferences. In addition to their projects all students are exposed to
lectures on health disparities research. Undergraduate and community college students
receive lectures on preparation for graduate school, while high school students
participate in an SAT prep course. Students may continue their research during the
Only 28% of Underrepresented Minority (URM) students who enter postsecondary
institutions nationally choose a major in the biomedical field. In contrast, 76% of
RMTL students are retained in the biomedical sciences.
Additionally, RMTL has a 100% graduation rate from high school and university. There is
only a 76% high school graduation rate for students from similar backgrounds at the
national level. Of those RMTL students who graduate from university, 53% are
in graduate or professional programs and 19% are currently applying. Only 4% of URMs
nationally reach this level of educational attainment.
For the Summer 2012 program, eligible students must be participating in an HCOP/SDRC
program and attending one of the following High Schools:
|Castle Park High School
||Crawford High School
||El Cajon Valley High School
|Hoover High School
||Mar Vista Senior High School
||Morse High School
|Mount Miguel High School
||San Diego High School
||Southwest Senior High School
have participated in prior HCOP/SDRC research and academic activities.
Contact Anita Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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