Program Overview:

The program begins with virtual Orientation for ALL scholars. Registration and seminars will begin via Zoom on Monday, May 31 through Thursday, June 3, 2021. Following orientation, scholars begin their virtual summer experiences led by Kennedy Krieger Institute, University of South Dakota or University of California Davis, on June 7, 2021 and end on July 28, 2021. 

Three virtual public health leadership experiences are available. Scholars may choose up to two (2) leadership experiences at their MCHC/RISE-UP location. Mentored public health experiences offered to scholars are:

  1. Clinical: Scholars rotate through clinical experiences provided by Maternal and Child Health disciplines (e.g., pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, physiatrist, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, social work, psychology, speech/language, special education and nursing). In addition, scholars will have experiences in community-based interdisciplinary health care and support systems for underserved groups.
  2. Community Engagement and Advocacy: Scholars work with professionals in the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Public Health and related systems on the formation, implementation and evaluation of health care and disability legislation, regulations and practice guidelines. The critical role of engaging underrepresented communities in shaping responsive systems of care receives special emphasis.
  3. Research: Scholars work with research mentors on a wide range of public health prevention, health disparities, treatment and epidemiological studies. Scholars receive training in analysis of large national databases and conducting community-based participatory research.

All scholars participate in weekly virtual seminars related to the CDC Winnable Battles, professional development, and public health, beginning June 4, 2021. Please note: these dates are subject to change. All scholars participate in the CDC Showcase and Expo July 26-28, 2021.

Program Benefits: 

  • A $3,500 stipend is provided for Kennedy Krieger Institute and University of South Dakota (9-week) and $3,000 is provided for University of California (7-week) program participants.
  • Education and career mentorship
  • Course offerings:
    • Complimentary Kaplan GRE test preparation course
    • Discounted price for Kaplan MCAT test preparation course
  • Funding to attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students is provided for scholars submitting research abstracts to the conference (as federal funding allows).

Eligibility Requirements: 

In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, the applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a rising junior or senior or received their baccalaureate degree within 12 calendar months of the MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, permanent resident
  • Be able to commit to participate in program activities for the length of the MCHC/RISE-UP.

Application Information:

Applications for the 2021 cohort will open November 1, 2020 and close January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Applicants for the 2021 cohort will receive a decision letter via email by the end of March.

Due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s role in leading the pandemic response, all Center for Diversity summer programs, including the MCHC/RISE-UP and Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship, will be virtual.  Please visit this website and the CDC website for up-to-date information on program modifications.

For More Information:

For additional program information, please contact All activities are subject to the availability of federal funds.

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