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Undergraduate Research Program Diversity & Recruitment
The National Institute of Mental Health’s mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

NIMH seeks to translate the findings of basic and clinical research into the design and evaluation of treatments and treatment delivery strategies that are relevant and responsive to the needs of persons with and at risk for mental illness.

A thrust of this research is to eliminate the effects of disparities that impinge on the mental health status of all Americans, including women, children, elderly people, and ethnic/cultural minority groups.

NIMH also fulfills its mission by supporting the training of more than 1,000 scientists each year to carry out basic and clinical mental health research.

Combining the these two goals, the CTMHR Undergraduate Research Program recognizes the need to equip the coming generation of mental health researchers to close the gap of disparity in mental health status, services, and research. Towards this end, the CTMHR Undergraduate Research is designed to increase mental health research awareness, opportunities, and training among students who are traditionally underrepresented in the research sciences. Underrepresented populations include students from racial or ethnic minority groups (e.g., Black, African- American, or Latino students; students from rural areas or economically disadvantaged backgrounds; or students who represent the first generation of their family to attend college). The fellowship aims to help eliminate mental health disparity in minority populations by preparing a diverse body of students for careers in mental health research. Students from underrepresented background are therefore specifically encouraged to apply.

Additional information on NIH’s role in its research agenda against health disparities, which it defines as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups, can be found on the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website.


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Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research
Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH103204)

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