Student Research Training Program

***2022 Applications Open September 29***

The Student Research Training Program (SRT) is an intensive experiential learning program that engages second-year and third-year undergraduate students in the development, implementation, and assessment of a community-based project. We partner with community-based organizations in Honduras, India, Kenya, Uganda, and the United States to address issues ranging from Sickle Cell awareness to educational interventions to ocular health.

Working with a faculty director and a community partner, you will be at the center of global health challenges. You will have the opportunity to use skills that you have learned in the classroom to support community-based partners. If you are selected for the SRT, you will receive a grant to cover the costs of your fieldwork. You will be part of a small, collaborative team that will work together through the next year. 

Duke University's current travel policy limits travel for students (https://travel.duke.edu/) due to COVID-19 in accordance with recommendations from Duke's Travel Oversight committee.    

While we are currently planning for all SRT teams to travel to research locations, uncertainty regarding the ability for students to be able to travel still exists. Students should apply to the program planning to travel with their team for the duration of the 8-week commitment. There are many logistical and ethical considerations for travel during a pandemic, so the possibility of travel to the SRT site location is not a guarantee that travel will happen. If we are unable to travel, project activities will be modified to allow for continued work through remote engagement.   

At this point, students are encouraged to apply anticipating travel but prepared for remote engagement with their project site. The past two summers have been remote engagement for students. 

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Requirements

To ensure you support our community partner successfully, SRT requires you to commit to significant preparation, including readings and background research. You will also agree to complete: 

  • Biweekly meetings with faculty directors 

  • Pre-departure workshops focused on project development and implementation 

  • A written report of your experience 

  • A re-entry retreat to process your experience 

  • 8-Week full-time summer experience  

  • The Global Health Showcase to present your work 

The SRT program is open to second-year and third-year undergraduates who have demonstrated an interest in global health through coursework. Students wishing to use this experience for their global health major experiential learning activity (ELA) requirement should take an approved global health ethics course before the start of the program. Previous community-based project experience is preferred but not required.

Students should view the extended calendar for the program here, including the Spring 2022 workshop dates and times. Applicants are encouraged to read about the 2021 projects by reviewing the past site descriptions which contain blog posts and posters from previous teams.  

APPLY

Program Deadline: October 15, 2021 

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