Director: Marcelo Tolmasky, Ph.D.
Dept. Biological Science
California State University Fullerton
800 N State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
The Los Angeles Basin CSU MHRT program is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health - Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) Program (T37).
The MHRT scholars will travel to the training site and spend 10 weeks conducting research. The research advisor will be responsible for the scientific conduct of the work and having a suitable project and a properly equipped and safe location to carry out the research training expwerience. The CSU faculty mentor will visit the training location to confirm that this is so and to deal with any problems or concerns that might arise. When appropriate, in consultation with the research advisor, the program director and the MHRT scholar, the CSU faculty mentor will identify and provide any extra instruction that might be needed with regard to safety, experimental design, interpretation of data, and use of various computer packages for the analysis of data. The research mentor at the training location will also help the students with their projects on ethics and minority health issues. The host institutions, research projects proposed, and training mentors are described in this website
The LA Basin CSU MHRT Program is open to students from across the US.
The LA Basin CSU MHRT Program recruits potential program participants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or social sciences research workforce, individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and persons with disabilities, as described in NOT-OD-18-210.The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Undergraduate trainees must be juniors or seniors. Post-baccalaureate trainees must have a BA or a BS from an accredited domestic or foreign academic institution. At least 50% of trainees each year must be at the pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral level. Predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in a program leading to a PhD or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Health-professional students who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible. Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Comparable doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: D.M.D., DC, DO, DVM., OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, DPT, PharmD, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), DSW, PsyD, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the training appointment is acceptable. Within the full-time training period, trainees must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience.
During the trainee selection process priority will be given to students who are interested in research pertinent to reducing and/or eliminating health disparities. A degree of priority is given to applicants from within the CSU consortium.