San Diego State University (SDSU) proposes to establish a Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Honors Undergraduate program intended to increase the number of highly qualified minority students engaged in mental health-related fields. A large number of highly qualified students are enrolled at SDSU in undergraduate programs that lead to degrees in mental health-related disciplines. SDSU faculty and administrators have developed an educational program that successfully prepares students for graduate programs, and now propose a set of co-curricular activities and research experiences focused on preparing under-represented students for entry into and successful completion of Ph.D. programs in mental health fields. Our strategies for developing these students include close mentoring, building a cohesive student group, a high level academic experience, and frequent contact with faculty at this and other institutions. Specific components of the program include: 1) an intense summer indoctrination into research before the Junior year; 2) a two-year high quality academic program including special colloquia on mental health research issues; 3) a special advanced statistics course for COR students only; 4) special workshops on the GRE and techniques for applying to graduate schools; 5) continuous intense academic year and summer research experiences at SDSU; and 6) an intense summer extramural research experience at an outstanding research university. SDSU has developed a strong partnership with the University of California (UC), San Diego in training students in research. Through the proposed program, COR students will have outstanding opportunities for extramural research experiences.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
MARC Undergraduate NRSA Institutional Grants (T34)
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Sesma, Michael A
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