Research Scholars

Center on Trauma and Adversity Underrepresented Minority Research Scholars

Research shows that scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. Diversity fosters scientific innovation, contributes to robust learning environments, and improves the quality of research.

The goal of the Center on Trauma and Adversity Underrepresented Minority Research Scholars (Research Scholars) program is to enhance the participation of individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are historically underrepresented in the behavioral and social sciences. Funding is provided to underrepresented minority students, helping them gain applied research experience, enhance their education, and successfully prepare for a variety of careers or continued higher education.

Each scholar is paired with a Trauma Center Faculty Affiliate for a semester-long research mentorship. Scholars have opportunities to participate in research workshops and trainings, present and attend national and local research conferences, and complete a capstone project related to their applied research experience.

Eligibility

  • You must identify as a member of one of the following historically underrepresented minority groups: African American/Black, Native American, or Hispanic/Latinx.
  • You must be enrolled at Case Western Reserve University as an undergraduate student or enrolled in the Mandel School MSSA or MNO program.
  • Mandel School MSSA or MNO who have a full scholarship (e.g., Mandel Leadership Fellows) are not eligible to apply.
  • Prior to beginning the Research Scholars program, you must have the CWRU Continuing Research Education Credit (CREC) certification (Group 2 Social and Behavioral Research). Directions to complete CREC certification.
  • No prior research experience is required.

Academic Year 2020-2021 Opportunities

All research activity during the Academic Year 2020-2021 will be conducted virtually due to COVID-19.

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

This program is 1 semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) with the opportunity to renew for additional semesters. A stipend of $1,000 per semester for CWRU students who are interested in gaining applied research experience. Research Scholars receive 5 hours a week of applied trauma research experience where they are actively engaged in an ongoing Trauma Center research project. One of the 5 hours a week will be a research Scholars meeting where scholars and mentors discuss elements of applied social science or behavioral research and educational or career goals. This meeting is also a time to create relational connections between scholars and mentors.

Graduate Research Scholars Program

This program is 1 semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) with the opportunity to renew for additional semesters. A stipend of $1,250 per semester for Mandel School MSSA or MNO students who are interested in gaining applied research experience. Research Scholars receive 5 hours a week of applied trauma research experience where they are actively engaged in an ongoing Trauma Center research project. One of the 5 hours a week will be a research Scholars meeting where scholars and mentors discuss elements of applied social science or behavioral research and educational or career goals. This meeting is also a time to create relational connections between scholars and mentors.

Spring 2021 Applications

Check back in November for potential Spring 2021 openings. If we have additional openings, applications will be due December 11, 2020.