Three undergraduate minority students at the University of Florida were selected for HOBI’s Increasing Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) summer internship. This 10-week multidisciplinary research training program is focused on improving health outcomes and equity across diverse populations.
Selected students are provided research training, an instructional curriculum, networking and peer linkage opportunities, interactions with established scientists, career development and more.
They are also each matched with a current Ph.D. student and faculty mentor from HOBI for one-on-one learning. This summer, interns Krystin Anderson, Salome Bezabih and Ayana Ray will be mentored by assistant professor Georges Khalil, Ph.D., associate professor Stephanie Staras, Ph.D. and assistant professor Dominick Lemas, Ph.D., respectively.
“The IDEA summer internship is an incredible opportunity for undergraduate students that come from underrepresented populations in our field to learn more about research in Implementation Science and Biomedical Informatics,” said Stephanie Staras, Ph.D., director of HOBI’s Division of Health Outcomes and Implementation Science. “We are proud to be playing a small part in helping students learn more about the exciting STEM career options that they may not otherwise be exposed to in their undergraduate experience.”