UMCCTS SUMMER 2022 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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Kimberlee Cantin
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L-R: Sophia Nosek (Amherst), Nisha Sabnis (Amherst), Leo Gibbons (Amherst), Marita Merheb (Lowell), Meghan Cusick (Amherst), Ben Weitz (Amherst), Danielle MacCormac (Amherst), Kyra Barry (Lowell), not pictured Shruthi Sivasubramanian (Amherst)

Nine UMass undergraduate students were recognized for their summer research internship work as part of an inaugural multi-campus collaboration. This internship program was developed to give students from the UMass Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences and the UMass Lowell Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences the experience in clinical research, and to provide insight into the rewards of a career as a Clinical Research Professional. A major goal of the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) is to develop a rigorously trained workforce that supports high-quality, innovative, and impactful clinical and translational science.

Interns were each paired with a clinical research team and designated Clinical Research Professional (CRP) mentor to train for 10 weeks on the UMass Chan Medical School campus. Following a week of intensive group-level training in clinical research, privacy, and human subjects protection, interns joined their study teams to engage in hands-on, behind the scenes learning about all phases of the clinical research process. The interns were also treated to weekly panel discussions with UMass faculty and staff, engaging in dialogue about topics such as Implementation Science, Community Engagement, Digital Medicine and Clinical Informatics.

This program is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a division of the National Institutes for Health (NIH), through a Cooperative Agreement with the UMCCTS (award # UL1TR001453). This program was made possible by support from NCATS (Award # UL1TR001453).

CTSA Program In Action Goals
Goal 1: Train and Cultivate the Translational Science Workforce