CGHSR Faculty Mentor Award Recipients Announced

August 7, 2019

The CGHSR Faculty Mentor Award encourages UMN researchers to involve students in their global health research projects at international sites. Created as a way to give students a guided global health research experience, this mentorship program provides up to $5,000 for faculty to defray costs associated with incorporating a student researcher into their team. In 2019, CGHSR awarded 3 inaugural Faculty Mentor Awards to support student involvement in faculty-led global health research initiatives in Malaysia, China, and Kenya. Congratulations to the mentors and student trainees.

Irina Stepanov, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health will support a graduate student at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to work on her collaborative study with Dr. Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin and Dr. Anne Yee Hway Ann. The study,  “Biomarkers of exposure and effect in SREC users” aims to characterize the toxic and carcinogenic potential of the Standardized Research E-Cigarette (SREC). This project will also expand the ability of the mentors and advisors of the graduate student at the University of Malaya to conduct relevant research and build capacity to meet new and emerging challenges in the field of tobacco control.

Kumi Smith, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health will mentor Richie Xu, a first year MPH student in Dr. Smith’s ongoing research on health empowerment in sexual minority men in China. Dr. Smith has mentored Richie over the last year on his independent study for his summer Applied Practice Experience investigating  the sexual health information needs of sexual minority men (SMM) in Guangzhou, China. Their project, titled “Finding out the Hard Way: HIV Knowledge in Newly Diagnosed Sexual Minority Men” investigates the relationship between HIV knowledge, health literacy, and health behaviors in SMM in China.

Chas Salmen, Department of Family Medicine, Medical School will implement a Twinned Field Station model on Mfangano Island as part of his MOMENTUM study. The model supports one graduate student (MPH or MD) from the University of Minnesota and one candidate from partner institution at Maseno University. The internship will provide a hands-on opportunity for global health trainees to participate in both quantitative and qualitative data collection, program monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, and community report-backs.