Dulce Gomez, a doctoral student in Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology, will be expanding her research experience this summer with the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) Program sponsored by the University of Miami’s School of Nursing. The 13-week program pairs students with international mentors designed to help students pursue research careers in minority health with a focus on reducing health disparities.
Pending travel approval, Gomez will spend 10-weeks in Costa Rica with her foreign mentor, Esteban Chavez Olarte. Prior to traveling, she will attend a two-week online training with the Intensive Global Disparities Summer Research Institute, and upon her return, she will disseminate her research and work on scientific writing to submit a manuscript for publication.
“I am ecstatic to take part in the MHRT program which will help me further expand my research skills outside the realm of Kinesiology and make connections internationally for research methodologies,” she said. “I hope these resources will help me gain a wider perspective on how to approach health disparities research.”
Gomez has also secured and accepted a full-time postdoctoral research fellow (T32) position at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension, which will start July of 2022.
“I am extremely grateful for my advisor, Michael Brown, and all the mentors in the School of Kinesiology for their guidance and letters of recommendation that keep pushing me to take the necessary steps forward in the Ph.D. program and toward my future career goals,” she said.