Research and Clinical Opportunities for Students

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

UTRGV School of Medicine Area Health Education Center (AHEC) 

The AHEC Scholars Program will prepare students in health-related professions to work in rural and medically underserved areas. Students who complete the program will be culturally competent, aware of the impacts of health disparities and the social determinants of health. AHEC Scholars will learn how to work effectively in inter-disciplinary collaborative teams on behalf of the community.

The AHEC Scholars program will not provide stipends to undergraduate students, although they may apply to be AHEC volunteers and gain valuable service and interprofessional experiences in rural health settings. Only graduate and undergraduate or technical programs that result in certification/licensing are eligible for the AHEC scholar stipends.

AHEC Scholars Program Application 2020

Yale Cardiovascular Medicine American Heart Association Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Undergraduate fellowship opportunity at Yale on cardiovascular research with college students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. In addition to the mentorship and training in cardiovascular research, students will be compensated with a $4000 stipend. Yale Summer fellowship info flyer

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020 

The application can be found on:

Nutrition Graduate Research Assistantship (Ph.D. level) available at Florida International University

The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University (FIU) is looking for a Bilingual Ph.D. student to be part of the NIH project entitled "Effect of Soluble Corn Fiber supplementation for 1 year on bone metabolism in adolescents (MetA-Bone Trial)". This is a research-based position that will be fully supported for US citizens (tuition and stipend at 20h/week) for 4 years at FIU and is a NIH grant-funded fellowship. More information about the Ph.D. program and about the study visit their website here.

Research Opportunity: 2 to 5 student volunteers needed to participate

Contact Person: Faculty Member, Dr. Susheelabai Srinivasa from School of Social Work in Edinburg campus

Cell Phone No. (419)277-2511
Office address: 1.203

Title of the Project:
“Impact of Positive Reinforcement Intervention for K-12 Students on Anxiety Associated with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Subjects & Test Taking”

Read about the Project details of this research opportunity


Research Opportunity to work in a STDOI research lab on the Edinburg campus, and gain Independent Research credits.

We have a lab position which would be most suitable for a meticulous student who can take instructions and work under close supervision. The project involves genotyping several rare Single Nucleotide Polymorphims (SNPs), using the “Taqman” technique, which we previously identified in very large Mexican American families. We have precise requirements for the Taqman technique that are specific for each DNA variant. When we have identified the SNPs in our own replication cohorts we will be reaching out to several other collaborators in other parts of the country to try to replicate these rare SNPs in their own Hispanic and Native American cohorts. When we have the initial results from our local samples, this will represent a unique and path-breaking finding and proof of concept that large families represent an efficient mechanism for capturing rare variants of major effect size for genetic disease.

Students interested can contact:

Christopher Jenkinson | 210-643-1523 |
Dr. Srinivas Mummidi | 210-846-6932 | or
Ms. Liza Morales | 956-665-6430 | who works in the lab and would provide the main oversight of the project.

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Internship/Practicum Opportunities

The Hidalgo County Health and Human Services have opened three internship/practicum opportunities.

The Hidalgo County Health and Human Services - Practicum/Intern Application


Program Description:  The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1100 laboratories/research projects, located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI.

Eligibility: The Postbac IRTA/CRTA Program is for individuals who meet any ONE of the following criteria:

  1. college graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than THREE years prior to the date they begin the program,
  2. individuals who are more than 3 years past the receipt of their bachelor's degree but received a master's degree less than SIX MONTHS before they begin the program, OR
  3. students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral, or medical school programs and who have written permission from their school to delay entrance for up to one year to pursue a biomedical research project at the NIH.

Application Procedure: Prospective candidates must apply online. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply three to six months before they wish to begin their training at the NIH.  The program has no fixed start date.  The application requires submission of

  • a curriculum vitae or resume,
  • a list of coursework and grades,
  • a cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and career goals,and
  • the names and contact information for three references.

For more information click here:

Internship Opportunity in Washington D.C.

The Archer Center - The University of Texas System in Washington D.C. 
Live, Learn, and Intern in Washington D.C.

The Archer Fellowship Program provides University of Texas System undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to live, learn, and intern in Washington, D.C. Are you interested in how policy impacts your area of study or future profession? Do you have a passion for policy and/or public service? Learn more about this unparalleled educational and professional opportunity at www.ArcherCenter.Org and by attending an information session.

Financial Aid and Scholarships are available to support UTRGV’s Archer Fellows. 

Graduate Program in Public Policy 

Application deadline for the Summer 2019 Graduate Program in Public Policy is Monday, November 5, 2018.

Undergraduate Archer Fellowship Program 

Application deadline for the Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Undergraduate Archer Fellowship Program is Friday, February 15, 2019.

For more information or if you need special accommodations for an information session, please contact the UTRGV Archer Fellowship Program campus coordinator, Dr. Mark Andersen (Edinburg), at or Dr. David Fisher (Brownsville)

Global Brigades - Medical Brigades @ University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led health and sustainable development organization with varied membership that spans North American and European universities. Through Global Brigades, student and professional volunteers empower communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life and environment, while respecting local culture. Since 2004, more than 30,000 volunteers from over 800 university clubs have traveled to provide health and economic development solutions to more than 600,000 beneficiaries in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua.

For more information visit the links below:

Global Brigades @ University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

6th Annual Emory University-Laney Graduate School
STEM Research and Career Symposium

September 29 - October 2, 2018 at Emory University Conference Center in Atlanta, GA

This symposium is a premier research conference for undergraduates, post-baccalaureate and masters' students interested in learning about Ph.D. and MD/Ph.D. programs.

This multidisciplinary, scientific symposium features guest speakers, career development workshops, oral and poster presentations, and first-hand interactions with faculty, staff, and students from Emory University. 

Applications and registration are free.  

What the Emory-LGS STEM Symposium can offer

  • Access to faculty from over 15 different doctoral programs in the natural sciences.
  • Two days of shared research presentations, networking and mentoring. 
  • More than 75 poster presentations and 10 oral presentations.  
  • Full travel scholarships available for students from underrepresented groups and a limited number of travel scholarships are available for their faculty advisors. 
  • Roundtable discussion for faculty and program staff attendees with a group of Emory faculty and administration. 

Dates and Deadlines to remember:

  • Application Deadline: May 15th, 2018
  • New Researchers Application Deadline: August 1st, 2018  **Only students undergoing their first research experience Summer 2018 may apply to this deadline**
  • Symposium Acceptance Decisions: August 10th, 2018
  • New Researchers Deadline Acceptance Decisions: August 25th, 2018

Due to the success of the previous symposia and the restricted number of attendees, we expect competition for acceptance to be spirited. Only abstracts that report outcomes/results will be competitive. Up to ten students will be selected from the submitted abstracts to present a platform talk, and their faculty advisors will also receive a travel award if necessary. All remaining student participants will be expected to present a poster on their research.

To read more and to apply, visit the website here: