Thank you for your interest in mentoring a scholar who is participating in one of the three Center for Diversity programs and MERITBaltimore. 

The three summer programs are Ferguson RISE Fellowship (graduate students), MCH-LEARN (undergraduate student freshmen and sophomores), and MCHC/RISE-UP (undergraduate junior, seniors and post-baccalaureate students). New this year is our Baltimore City collaboration with MERITBaltimore for high school scholars interested in a clinical shadowing experience.

Center for Diversity Summer programs begin Monday, May 25-Thursday, May 28, 2020 for Orientation and Monday, June 1-Wednesday, July 29, 2020 for the summer preceptorships/mentorship experiences.

The CDC and HRSA request that interested mentors/preceptors fill out a brief questionnaire and provide a description of their clinical, research, community engagement and advocacy experience that they will provide for the student. Please complete the appropriate Project Preceptor/ Mentor agreement (graduate and/or undergraduate) at the links below. 

Additional program information may be found through visiting our website or viewing the webinars provided below.

Graduate Student Program:

James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases (RISE) Fellowship

The James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases (RISE) Fellowship is a summer public health research fellowship for graduate students, including medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, public health and social sciences who are interested in research in infectious diseases and/or health disparities, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, child trauma, maternal and child health, etc. Graduate students present their research at the end of the summer and are sponsored to present their work at APHA or other national scientific meetings.

More information about the Ferguson Rise Fellowship can be found by viewing the Ferguson RISE Mentor webinar.

If you are interested in mentoring a Ferguson RISE Fellowship Scholar please complete the Ferguson RISE Project Preceptor/Mentor Agreement form.

Please note: The PDF copy of the agreement found when viewing the webinar is for informational use ONLY. You must complete the agreement using the provided link.


Undergraduate Programs:

Maternal and Child Health-Leadership Education Advocacy Research Network (MCH-LEARN)

MCH-LEARN is a program for undergraduate freshmen and sophomores interested in MCH. This program runs through the summer and has monthly activities during the academic year, including the Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency conference. Scholars in this program are required to participate in public health/MCH research and present at the end of the summer at JHU CARES symposium. They are also sponsored to present at the ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students) conference. These students participate in Professional Development and Advocacy, a scientific writing and research accountability group, and CDC Winnable Battles presentations along with scholars in MCHC/RISE-UP. MCH-LEARN scholars will also visit NIH and CDC with MCHC/RISE-UP. Scholars in MCH-LEARN should be local to the Baltimore-Washington, DC region (no Baltimore City housing provided).

Maternal and Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement-Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

MCHC/RISE-UP is a program for undergraduate juniors, seniors, and scholars within 12 months of receiving their baccalaureate degree. MCHC/RISE-UP is located at (1) Kennedy Krieger Institute partnering with faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing and HBCU’s (2) University of South Dakota partnering with Tribal Serving Institutions, and (3) University of California-Davis. MCHC/RISE-UP Scholars may participate in up to two of three public health leadership tracks, namely (1) clinical, (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy. MCHC/RISE-UP scholars present their work at JHU CARES at the end of the summer. MCHC/RISE-UP also visit NIH and CDC.


The MERIT Health Leadership Academy is a comprehensive academic and career mentorship program supporting Baltimore City high school students who aspire to careers in medicine. MERITBaltimore Scholars take advanced academic classes on Saturdays, work in hospitals and lab during paid summer internships, and receive long-term college and career mentorship.

More information about the MCHC/RISE-UP, MCH-LEARN, and MERITBaltimore programs can be found by viewing the Undergraduate Programs webinar.

If you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate in Baltimore, South Dakota, or California or clinical mentoring for a high school scholar in Baltimore City, please complete the Undergraduate Programs Project Preceptor/Mentor Agreement form

Please note: The PDF copy of the agreement found when viewing the webinar is for informational use ONLY. You must complete the agreement using the provided link.