New one-year fellowship program to focus on public health and equity amid COVID-19; applications due Sept. 20

Marquette’s Community of Research Scholars is offering a one-year fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students focused on the public health and equity impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new program will replace the public health equity summer research program, which was canceled this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goals of the program are:

  • To generate interest in public health-related disciplines
  • inspire students to address pressing contemporary societal problems through research
  • provide students with an immersive and meaningful experience focused in the development of research skills

Research fellows will engage in COVID-19 related research by applying public health or racial injustice with other disciplinary approaches.

Consistent with Marquette’s mission and guiding values, this program will empower and train the next generation of community leaders in public health to respond to inequity and injustice in the context of public health by providing them with the opportunity to address this challenge as part of a year-long mentored research experience.

Fellowship Program Components
Approximately 11 undergraduate and three graduate students will be recruited from any college/department at Marquette to enrich their public health/community health research experience.

Students who are already working with a Marquette faculty member on an ongoing project related to the two thematic areas are encouraged to apply. Students who are new to research should contact a potential mentor to inquire about the possibility of being involved with health equity-related research in one of the two thematic areas in coming academic year.

A mentor’s research discipline does not have to be in the traditional public health field. Regardless of the discipline, students who seek to engage in research with outcomes related to the program’s goals will be prioritized.

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in seminars and lectures with public health leaders and researchers to explore the importance of public health research as a career option. Fellows will have a rigorous lab or community health or healthcare research experience and will be involved in a public health research skill development workshop, data collection and analysis and report writing. Fellows will develop a plan with their mentors to complete fellowship activities within the year.

Visit Marquette’s Research and Innovation website for more information about student expectations, the eligibility and selection process, required documents and timeline.

Applications are due Sunday, Sept. 20. With questions, contact Dr. Joseph Byonanebye, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, or Dr. Nilanjan Lodh, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science.