Student Opportunities to Advance Research (SOAR)

Program Director: Dulcie Kermah, Ed.D, MPH

Program Description:
The SOAR program is a team-based student research training program in 5 key research areas: (1) Cancer, (2) Cardio-metabolic, (3) HIV/AIDS, (4) Mental Health, and (5) Health Policy. Focusing on addressing health disparities to achieve health equity, the program is an interdisciplinary research training that encourages the formation of collaborative teams (2-3 students per team) to conduct integrated, translational, cross disciplinary and inter-professional research. 

Program Format:
Students will be assigned to CDU faculty mentor who will support guided research.  Students will participate in a “boot-camp” to gain an understanding in research terminology and the research process.  Workshops and seminars will include topics such as “How to conduct a literature review”, “Roadmap to Research Findings” etc.

  • Eligibility:  Open to currently enrolled CDU graduate, post-baccalaureate, and 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in COM, COSH and SON. 
  • Financial Support:  Each team will receive compensation to cover student materials, research support and training.
  • Application Process:  Students complete an application form.  Applications are due in the fall of each year. After committee review, students will be notified of acceptance. 
  • Program Duration:  Eight months (October-May)
  • Key Outcomes: Students will develop an abstract, poster, power point, and manuscript. Students will present their research findings during UHI Annual Student Research Day and at external conferences.
  • Application Deadline: September 20, 2020

To apply, click HERE.

Leaders Engaging Against Health Disparities (LEAD LA)

Program Director: Dulcie Kermah, Ed.D, MPH

Program Description: 
LEAD LA is a student-led initiative with the goal of encouraging a healthier South LA through innovative efforts in community-engaged research, education, and service. The purpose is to address health disparities in South LA for the achievement of health equity. LEAD LA will identify community priorities for wellbeing, create partnerships that respond to community priorities for wellbeing, and utilize education as a source for advocacy in achieving wellbeing.

Program Format:
Students meet bi-weekly to discuss ongoing projects, and data collection methods in preparation for developing an abstract and manuscript.  CDU students partner with non-CDU students to plan an annual wellness health fair.

  • Target Audience:  CDU and non-CDU students
  • Application Process: To participate in LEAD LA, email: uhi-src@cdrew.edu
  • Program Duration: Year round
  • Key Outcomes:    In addition to planning an annual wellness health fair, students will develop an abstract and manuscript. Students will present their research findings during UHI Annual Student Research Day and at external conferences.

2018 Wellness Fair video

To apply, click HERE.