Students to Present MHIRT Summer Projects at CBU

The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium and Wrap-up for Summer 2008 projects will be held Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m.- Noon, at Christian Brothers University (CBU), Thomas Center in the Sabbatini Lounge.

Students who participated in the 2008 projects will be presenting the results from their summer international research experience. The students attend colleges and universities throughout the Mid-South and participated in projects in Uganda, Brazil and Thailand.

The summer research projects allow students to assist underserved individuals in Brazil, Thailand and Uganda. Students and professors travel to these countries to conduct research on health related projects that benefit the native populations who are frequently underserved in health care. Approximately 15 students are sent on an MHIRT trip every year in the summer after having participated in preparation workshops the prior spring.

The MHIRT grant is given by the National Institute of Health, and for the seventh year has received annual renewal. Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, CBU biology professor, serves as the project director. Dr. Teri Mason, CBU behavioral science assistant professor, serves to coordinate the Uganda sites and Julia Hanebrink is the program coordinator.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the summer projects for 2008 or 2009 to meet with students and learn more about the program, and how they can qualify for an all-expense paid research experience.

Applications are now being accepted for summer 2009. All applications must be postmarked by January 30, 2009 for acceptance. To learn more, visit the Web site http://www.cbu.edu/~aross/biodept/MIRT-CBU.html or contact Julia Hanebrink at jhanebri@cbu.edu. ###

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