The application and all supplemental materials MUST be submitted online by 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, February 4, 2019. Please review ALL of the application instructions thoroughly. Only completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed. Selection and notifications will take place late February.


Please have all information listed below prepared prior to starting application. You cannot save work.

Eligibility criteria:

1. Have completed at least one undergraduate college year by the start date of the program.

2. Have completed at least one course in basic science (some tracks require a lab component to the course) and mathematics or statistics.

3. Come from a cultural background that is underrepresented in the health/science professions OR have experienced economic hardship, are first in their family to attend college; have experienced other educational, ethnic/cultural, family circumstances, disabilities, etc. (Please see NIH Description or contact the CDI office with any questions). **For the Oregon Hearing Research Center track, you are also eligible if you have a hearing loss and wear hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.

4. U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.

*** DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students are eligible. A DACA applicant must have an employment authorization card via USCIS ***


Thank you for your interest in the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion Summer Equity Research Program

Our program provides an exciting opportunity for students to spend 8-weeks working alongside faculty/scientist performing cutting-edge research within OHSU, a thriving academic center.

Students can apply to one of 6 tracks available:

Biomedical Sciences: Biomedical research at OHSU spans a wide variety of areas and medical fields from basic research all the way to pre-clinical experimentation and direct medical application. Researchers at OHSU investigate molecular disease mechanisms, diagnostic approaches and biomarkers, pharmacological interventions and novel drug design, and therapies including stem-cell therapy. What sets OHSU apart from other institutions is the array of multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches our researchers take to solving the most intractable problems in human health; including diseases of the central nervous system, cardiovascular-related research, cancer, rare genetic disorders, and infectious disease.

The Biomedical Sciences track includes various partners throughout the University, please see below a short description of all of them:

The Knight Cancer Institute’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR) known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable. CEDAR is researching new methods to detect and eliminate lethal cancers early.

The Oregon Hearing Research Center (OHRC) at Oregon Health & Science University is one of the world's leading hearing-science research groups. Expertise in the OHRC spans from basic to translational science, and from the inner ear to the auditory cortex. The research focus of OHRC investigators ranges from fundamental mechanisms of hearing to development of therapies for hearing loss.

** For the Oregon Hearing Research Center track, you are also eligible if you have a hearing loss and wear hearing aids and/or cochlear implants **

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established the Portland Alcohol Research Center at the Portland VA Medical Center (VAMC) and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The PARC has been funded by NIAAA to support research through 2020. The center supports the coordinated research efforts of 15 scientists at the VA and OHSU, in areas ranging from behavioral neuroscience to molecular biology. More than 30 people are working on different aspects of the research. The PARC is one of 20 alcohol research centers funded by NIAAA, which is the primary source of all funding for alcohol research in the United States.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) is one of the central missions of Oregon Health & Science University. Graduate Medical Education training programs are offered in virtually all fields of medicine, as well as dental residencies, including Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery. OHSU and the Portland VAMC are the major clinical teaching facilities of OHSU for undergraduate and graduate medical education. The patient care and teaching programs at the university and the Portland VAMC are under the direction and supervision of OHSU faculty. House staff participate in the care of patients in the hospitals and gain additional experience in community hospitals, which have affiliated teaching programs under the direction of the OHSU School of Medicine.

Dental: The OHSU School of Dentistry encourages and supports research concerning dental disease, clinical techniques, oral biology, and basic biomedical research. More than twenty principal investigators and numerous technical staff pursue a wide variety of projects, ranging in scope from the basic mechanisms of diseases to evidenced-based dental treatment.

Medicine: Our faculty are dedicated to preparing physicians, scientists and health care professionals for the responsibilities of the profession, while also providing outstanding care to patients from Oregon and elsewhere. The OHSU School of Medicine faculty are widely recognized nationally and internationally for the pursuit of new knowledge in a breadth of investigative areas ranging from molecular biology and cancer to heart disease, behavioral science and issues of public health. Students will be assigned to a translation biomedical research lab AND a clinical (MD) mentor. Preference is given to students with prior clinical experience.

Nursing: OHSU's School of Nursing has been long known for its stellar clinical research programs in such areas as cancer, cardiac, and palliative care, as well as in symptom management and caregiving for families and the elderly. Faculty research clusters in several crucial scientific areas: integrative bio-behavioral research; health equity research; implementation science research; and transformational learning research.

Health Systems & Policy (Center for Health Systems Effectiveness): How can the healthcare system deliver the best care to all patients? How do socioeconomic factors, organizational practices, and methods of payment change the quality and cost of healthcare? The Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at OHSU investigates these and other questions in the field of Health Services Delivery Research. Our team of health economists, statisticians, and public health professionals partner with clinician researchers, state government, and hospitals to generate evidence that informs healthcare policy decisions. Our research spans a variety of topic areas, for example opioid prescribing policy; racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in access and quality of care; and the integration of physical, dental, and behavioral healthcare services. Ideal for a student with an interest in health services delivery, population health or data analytics.

Public Health: The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) joins two of Oregon's leading universities to train the next generation of public health leaders. The School is committed to enrich the public health workforce with people who possess a deep understanding of their community. Fostering a diverse and welcoming climate is vital to the school’s mission to promote equity in health care and eliminate health disparities in Oregon and beyond. The faculty in the School of Public Health is exploring today’s most important public health issues from opioid abuse to health reform to the social determinants of health and health inequities for many groups of people. They collaborate with a wide range of organizations, public agencies, and community groups, to produce research that helps us better understand and improve public health.

To complete this application, you will need the following:

1. A completed application form.

2. Unofficial college transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (if selected, official transcripts will be required).

3. Two essays.

Statement of Purpose: Please describe your career goals and explain how this internship would further those goals. Briefly describe how previous life experiences, coursework, and obstacles have influenced your interest in a health science career. If germane to your career plans, discuss relevant patient groups, diseases or conditions, communities, and/or geographic areas. Please also discuss any previous research experience, and specify particular areas of interest for your summer research project. (The more specific you are with your research interest the better we can match you with a mentor.)

Short Essay: "Diversity, it turns out, goes to the heart of how to do research and innovation effectively. In the scientific literature, it is clear that diversity speaks directly to the quality and effectiveness of teams. As Katherine W. Phillips tells us, when we have to work with people who are not like ourselves, we tend to prepare more thoroughly and work harder to marshal our arguments, and we do better work as a result. Diversity is beneficial for teams precisely because we react differently to people who are different from us. If the end goal is excellence, diversity is an essential ingredient." - Scientific American

One of the goals at OHSU and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion is to develop a diverse workforce. Discuss why you believe diversity is important to the scientific and medical work-force?

4. Resume.

5. Two letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally. One of the letters MUST be from a college science professor or research mentor. The second recommendation can be from a community leader, teacher, coach, counselor, employer, etc.

Please send your recommenders to the link below for submission of their letters of recommendation. Letters are due no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, February 11, 2019.

The application and all supplemental materials MUST be submitted online by 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, February 4, 2019

Selection and notifications will take place in late February.

Please review OHSU's Code of Conduct page

Contact Information

Center for Diversity & Inclusion, L-601

3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road

Portland, OR 97239

Telephone: 503-494-5657

Fax: 503-494-4916



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