Undergraduate Training Program

Undergraduates learn about careers in health care and health disparities research by participating in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), which helps them prepare for and gain admission to health-related graduate and professional schools. The program is available to students from UAB and six Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Alabama A&M, Alabama State University, Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, and Tuskegee University.

Participants spend three consecutive summers in the program, allowing them to delve more deeply into health-related work and research. The first year, SEP students study scientific writing and cultural competency, tour all UAB health-related schools, and take a career road map class. In year two, SEP students continue scientific writing and begin a two-term course in health policy. Students culminate the year with a mentor-guided research project the findings of which are presented in a research poster competition. In their final year, SEP students complete the second health policy term and continue their research project or begin new research with their mentor the outcomes of which are presented at both the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo and SEP awards and closing ceremony.

Manos Juntas (Holding Hands) provides mentoring to UAB Hispanic and Latino students. The program allows each participant to get to know a UAB faculty member who is not their classroom teacher. Students have a chance to discuss academic issues, career choices, and general life issues with an experienced faculty member.


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Participants in the 2015 UAB MHRC Summer Enrichment Program group are shown here with MHRC Director Mona Fouad, MD, MPH. These undergraduates represent UAB and six Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, and Tuskegee University.