Outreach Scholars Summer Research Internship

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The Outreach Scholars Summer Research Program is a summer community-based research internship for Mississippi and Louisiana college students. The research activities include:

· Learning Mississippi’s Nutrition Physical Activity and Health Needs is an effort to work with communities to conduct a needs assessment of Mississippi and Louisiana to capture demographics, access to health care, nutrition and physical activity behaviors, technology and health and social support and self-efficacy for nutrition/physical activity behaviors.

· Move & Eat 2 Live Program is an intervention that will utilize interventionists trained as health coaches to deliver a nutrition and physical activity program for young to middle aged adult African Americans in South Mississippi.

· Okla Achukma Project is a project to address diet and physical activity behaviors among Southeastern Native Americans to treat and prevent obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.

The summer research program begins the last week of May and ends the last week of July. Outreach scholars will complete a ten-week program to gain experience in community-based research. Outreach scholars are expected to be present on campus approximately 20hrs/week. At the end of the program, outreach scholars will prepare an abstract and a research poster to present at the Mississippi IDeA Conference in Jackson on July 31, 2020. In addition to a monetary award, housing may be provided on an as needed basis.

To apply for the Outreach Scholars Summer Research Program, please fill out the attached form and send it to Sermin.Aras@usm.edu. The deadline to submit applications for the Outreach Scholars Summer Research Program is December 18, 2019. Interviews will occur January-February 2020. Selected outreach scholars will be notified March 2020.

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