Microbiology and Immunology Diversity (MID) Scholars Program
The purpose of this research program is to engage underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduate students (scholars), enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, to consider careers in science, medicine and public health, provide exposure to biomedical and/or public health research and enhance the research capabilities of underrepresented minorities in research.
The MID Scholars Program provides research experience to scholars of diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The goal of the program is to provide URM undergraduate scholars an opportunity to engage in year-long basic, clinical and/or translational research projects within the Program in Microbiology and Immunology under the mentorship of experienced researchers and principal investigators. Scholars will work on scientific projects, use lab equipment (as applicable), meet with mentors, gain valuable research experience, and attend scientific conferences, towards a specific goal of developing a career as an independent researcher. Scholars will be paired with PMI graduate students for peer-based mentoring and career advice. Scholars will also attend career and professional training sessions on topics related to careers in biomedical science or public health and have an opportunity to present their research at local and national conferences through travel awards. Stipends will be provided for financial support during the training period.