Student Researchers

Experience fulfilling opportunities as you progress in your education.

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Help and Discover

Help out individuals while at the same time meeting new friends and experiencing new discoveries.
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Learn and Succeed

Students in the MHIRT program have a unique opportunity to gain real world experience while completing a fulfilling career.
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MHIRT Introduction

The San Diego State University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (SDSU MHIRT) is a component of the national MHIRT program funded by the National Institutes of Health. We offer international training experiences to students from health disparity backgrounds with a goal of encouraging such students to pursue careers in biomedical, clinical, and behavioral health research. The ultimate mission of the MHIRT program is for MHIRT trainee alumni, through their careers as researchers and medical professionals, to work to reduce, and eventually eliminate, healthcare disparities in the United States. For more information, please visit our program overview page.

Program Deadlines


Monday, October 2, 2017: Application period opens

Applications will be made available online.

Friday, December 15 2017: Application period closes:

Application deadline. Your complete application [application form, transcripts, personal statement and letters of recommendation] must be received by midnight on December 15, 2017. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. You can send an unofficial transcript with your application, but the official transcript must arrive by January 13, 2018.

Thursday, February 1, 2018: All applicants notified of the status of their application

Acceptance announcements and packets sent out.

Thursday, February 15, 2018: Formal acceptance of MHIRT fellowship

Accepted trainees must return their acceptance package, including travel insurance and stipend forms. All fellows without a passport valid for 6 months past September 2017 must either apply for their passport or renew their current passport at their own expense. Accepted fellows must return completed acceptance packet or forfeit fellowship offer.

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To see a complete list of important dates and get more information on the MHIRT program application process, please click the button below to learn more about applying to the MHIRT program online. Thank you!

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An Introduction To My Work In Uganda

I have been in Uganda for about a month now and I have had so many different experiences. We are experiencing total immersion here in Mbale. Two of my colleagues and I share a two bedroom small home. There is no refrigerator, water rationing is in place (water...

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Taiwan blog #2 – the wishing trees

The best word to describe the past 2 weeks would have to be: rainy…but that did not stop us from going out and continuing to explore Kaohsiung and to appreciate everything that is offered here! These past 2 weeks have been filled with tons of group bonding with...

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Taiwan 2018: Starting Lab and Weekly Excursions

Week 3: The start of our first full week at Kaohsiung Medical University was a holiday—Dragon Boat Festival! Our lab mate was kind enough to take us to Love River to see the exquisite boats, intense races and to eat delicious street food (dumplings, “onion stuffed...

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