Pathways to Research Program (PReP)

PReP provides an opportunity for students from populations underrepresented in research to begin or advance their research career. Opportunities for travel funds to participate in national and international scientific meetings are awarded on a competitive basis.

The Pathways to Research Program provides undergraduate students with knowledge, skills, and experience in translational science and health equity research through a structured core curriculum including a mentored research project, weekly training seminars, small group discussions, and a final poster to present research findings at the annual University of Minnesota CTSI Poster Session and Reception held in Fall 2021.

The cornerstone of the research training program is the scholar’s participation in a research project under the direct supervision of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor. With input and oversight by the faculty mentor, scholars will work on a project related to the mentor’s ongoing research programs.

CTSI PReP Program shares its application with the Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Internship. Students may be considered for one or both of the programs by selecting their program choice(s) in the application. Find out more about the Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Internship.

    Application requirements

    Requirement Details
    Scholar applicant information Online form

    Personal Essay including:

    • Your academic and career goals
    • Your interest in human health research
    • How you will benefit from this program
    • Research experience you have had (if applicable)
    • Personal challenges faced that have influenced your life/academic career
    Up to two pages, single-spaced, 12pt font

    Resume or CV including:

    • Paid work experiences
    • Unpaid work experiences (working in a family business, taking care of younger siblings/elderly adult, etc.)
    • Community service and volunteer activities
    • Awards and achievements received
    Up to four pages
    All transcripts from undergraduate school (unofficial copy acceptable)  
    Two letters of recommendation (professional recommendations, not personal friends or family members) Letters must be submitted through an online form by the letter writer.

     

    Scholar successes

    CTSI Scholar Jaime Morrissette and Senator Klobuchar

    Presenting on Capitol Hill

    Former scholar Jamie Morrissette (shown with Senator Amy Klobuchar) presented her research project on Capitol Hill. 

    Sudip Bhandari

    From undergrad to global health researcher

    Read about former scholar Sudip Bhandari's translational path.

    PReP scholars

    2020

    Vasthy Anang, University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development
    Mentor: Glenn Simmons Jr, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical School

    Alexa Carrera, Augsburg University, Biology program
    Mentor: Beshay Zordoky, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy

    Nicolas Diaz de Leon, Macalester College, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Colum MacKinnon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology

    Asiya Hassan, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing
    Mentor: Eunice Areba, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

    Olivia Karanja, University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Diane Treat-Jacobson, PhD, Professor, School of Nursing

    Hibo Mohamed, St. Olaf
    Mentor: Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics

    Park Youngjay, University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Hai Dang Nguyen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

    Dante Rogers, University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Aaron Kerlin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

    Lulua Webo, University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Mark R. Schleiss, MD, Professor, Pediatrics

    Christina Yang, Bemidji State University
    Mentor: Jen Granick, PhD, Associate Professor, Veterinary Medicine

    2019

    Deneisha Bergquist
    North Hennepin Community College, College of Liberal Arts

    Grace Hernandez
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Joanna Ly
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Ayan Sheikdon
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Pa Thao
    University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences

    Kristin Wilk
    University of Minnesota, School of Nursing

    Egeziharya Yilma
    Hamline University, School of Public Health

    2018

    Hani Abi
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Nofisat Babajide
    Carlton College

    Dina Elyamany
    MetroState University

    Dawson Hill
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Ahmed Idris
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Austin Leikvoll
    University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences

    Cristhian Martinez
    Gustavus Adolphus College

    Duane Nguyen
    Macalester College

    Jocelyn Ricard
    University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences

    Libin Said
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Marcos Zachary
    University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering

    2017

    Anh Thu Doan
    St. Olaf College, College of Biological Sciences

    Mariam Fawzy
    Augsburg College, College of Liberal Arts

    Nik Martinneau
    Minneapolis Community and Technical College, ​Academy of Science and Mathematics

    Koushik Paul
    University of Minnesota Duluth, College of Liberal Arts

    Hok Sreng Te
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    Dara Tourt
    Normandale Community College, ​Science, Engineering and Mathematics

    Kamal Tusa
    University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

    2016

    Hamdi Adam, Augsburg College
    Mentor: Irina St. Louis MN, PhD

    Medinat Akindele, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Natalia Tretyakova, PhD

    Quoc Bui, Rochester Community and Technical College
    Mentor: Victor Barocas, PhD

    Isatou Cham, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Barbara Beacham, PhD, RN

    Bridget Curtin, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Reena Kartha, PhD

    Kayla Ha, Saint Catherine University
    Mentors: Susie Nanney, PhD and Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH

    Karen Herrera, Saint Catherine University
    Mentor: Beshay Zordoky, PhD

    Thao Hoang, Macalester College
    Mentor: Michele Allen, MD

    Vy Nguyen, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Katie Cullen, MD

    Sierra Trost, University of Minnesota - Crookston
    Mentor: Joe Gaugler, PhD

    2015

    Sonnah Barrie, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Kathleen Call, PhD

    Alana Dopp, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Pamela Jo Johnson, PhD

    Jace Gilbertson, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Andrew Barnes, MD

    Monica Goodman, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH

    Pakou Her, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Kelvin O. Lim, MD

    Ashley Johnson, St. Catherine University
    Mentor: Irina St. Louis, MD, PhD

    Kyle Lau, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Logan G. Spector, PhD

    Patty Maglalang, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Lisa Coles, PhD

    Jessica Pham, Macalester College
    Mentor: Kathryn Cullen, MD

    Denise Quintanilla, University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD

    2014

    Sowda Ahmed, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Mark Schleiss

    Samantha Carlson, School of Public Health
    Mentor: Alicia Allen

    Stephanie Duong, Macalester College
    Mentor: Kathryn Cullen

    Cedith Giddings, Augsburg College
    Mentor: Siobahn McMahon

    Virginia Godfrey, University of Minnesota-Morris
    Mentors: Kathleen Call and Melissa Walls

    Jamie Morissette, College of St. Scholastica
    Mentor: Cari Clark

    Ammanuel Taye, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
    Mentor: Paul Bohjanen

    Thang Tran, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Richard Brundage

    Abhishek Vaidya, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Erica Schorr

    Allison Wolf, University of Minnesota-Morris
    Mentor: Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

    2013

    Olufemi Adams, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Susie Nanney

    Sudip Bhandari, St. Olaf College
    Mentor: Iris Borowsky

    Amy Blakeslee, College of St. Scholastica
    Mentor: Sarah Cusick

    Paris Delaney, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Ruby Nguyen

    Nhat Duong, Normandale Community College
    Mentor: Amir Moheet

    Mnwabisi Mbangata, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: James Cloyd

    Waruiru Mburu, Macalester College
    Mentor: Jasjit S. Ahluwalia

    Arwa Osman, St. Olaf College
    Mentor: Lauren Martin

    Sasha Orange, School of Nursing
    Mentor: Janet Thomas

    Kevin Siem, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Kathleen Thomas

    Nayar Valente, St. Olaf College
    Mentor: Julie Ostrander

    Chelsea Wagner, College of Education and Human Development
    Mentor: Cari Clark

    Amanda Wanous, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Rebecca Shlafer

    2012

    Sara Cronquist, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Janet Thomas

    Co Duong, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Susan Everson-Rose

    Mercy Konchellah, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Jasjit S. Ahluwalia

    Hai Nguyen-Tran, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Rahel Ghebre

    Nima Odowa, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Naty Lopez

    Anthony Osifuye, College of Liberal Arts
    Mentor: Kathleen Call

    Kendra Radtke, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: James Cloyd

    Danielle Swichtenberg, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Carol Peterson

    John Tarnowski, College of Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Julie Ross

    Uyen Truong, College of Science and Engineering
    Mentor: Robert Hebbel

    Contact

    [email protected]
    612-625-2022

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