The Center provides stage-appropriate training to promote successful entry of members of health disparity populations into health professions and biomedical research careers. We recognize that efforts are needed to train and maintain underrepresented minorities at all educational stages. We also recognize that effective training needs to be woven into our research and community engagement activities. Collaborations across Cores provide career development support for early stage investigators and ensure that community members have access to the training they need to be effective research participants. We are starting early in one community project, as we work to sustain academic interest among elementary school boys. Thus, our research training projects span a broad age range.
The Research Training Core is particularly focused on recruitment and support of undergraduate students. The Core provides training in research skills in supportive laboratories engaged in health disparity research. The Core seeks to understand the factors that support student success, and it works to address effective research mentoring in culturally diverse faculty-student pairings.