Dates of Project: October 1, 2008 to May 31, 2014
Field of Work: Enlarging the pipeline of health researchers from underrepresented groups.
Problem Synopsis: Undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in research may know little about career opportunities in health research. Preparing a pool of such students for graduate study to become health researchers creates new professional opportunities for them while infusing the field with a diversity of perspectives.
Synopsis of the Work: Project L/EARN had a track record of developing young researchers and supporting them in applying to graduate school before RWJF began its funding. Under the RWJF grant, Project L/EARN continues its basic model of building research capacity among undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. It is actively recruiting nursing students; conducting a social network analysis of the networks of relationships that form between interns, alumni, and faculty; and educating staff at other universities interested in establishing similar programs.