REMINDER TODAY AT 2 PM IS DEADLINE: Apply for a Bixby Research Mentorship!

Are you a second year MPH or MSc student at FSPH who would like to get some research experience in sexual and reproductive health?   If so, here is your chance!  

The Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health is offering Bixby Research Mentorship opportunities to two FSPH students, starting January 7th , 2019.  The mentorships will last for two quarters (Winter and Spring 2019).  Mentees will work 8-10 hours per week on research projects of  Anne E. Fehrenbacher, Ph.D., MPH, who is a postdoctoral fellow, UCLA Global Center for Children & Families.  Dr. Fehrenbacher received her PhD from FSPH and has been a mentor in the past…to rave reviews!

Each mentee will receive a stipend of $1000 per quarter at the end of each quarter.  The total will be $2000 per mentee.

Dr. Fehrenbacher is committed to ensuring that mentees develop research skills through working with her on her projects.  The two opportunities available are:

1.     Sexual Humanitarianism (SEXHUM): Sex Work, Migration and Trafficking

Seeking an MPH student to assist in research for a multi-country ethnographic study on the intersections of sex work, migration, and human trafficking (https://sexualhumanitarianism.wordpress.com/). Skills and experience you will develop during the mentorship program may include: ethnographic/qualitative data management, qualitative analysis and coding, experience using bibliographic software (e.g., EndNote) and qualitative/mixed methods analysis software (e.g., Dedoose, Atlas.ti), literature reviews, interview transcription, community-based participatory research, experience working with marginalized or criminalized populations. Ideal for CHS, HPM, or EPI students (or anyone interested in qualitative research). 

2.     Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Populations 

Seeking MPH student to assist in quantitative and mixed methods research on the health of sexual and gender minority populations across multiple studies, including a longitudinal cohort study of HIV prevention among LGBT adolescents; several studies on PrEP use among gay/bisexual cisgender men, transgender men and women, and non-binary people; studies on sex work and sexual health among transgender women; and a study on police interactions among cisgender and transgender women sex workers. Skills and experience you will develop during the mentorship program may include: quantitative data management, data cleaning and recoding, statistical analysis and interpretation, experience using statistical analysis software (e.g., STATA), presentation of data, interventions to meet the needs of LGBT communities. May provide assistance in preparation of NIH and pilot grant funding applications. Ideal for BIOSTATS or EPI students (or anyone interested in quantitative research). 

To apply, please send an email to Rachel Veerman (rveerman@ucla.edu) with subject line “Application for Bixby Research Mentorship”.  The application should have three attachments:

·       A one-page cover letter, where you explain why you would like to be selected for the Bixby Research Mentorship Program.  In the cover letter, please state which opportunity you are applying for, or whether you want to be considered for both of them.

·       Your CV

·       An unofficial FSPH transcript

 Please note that this opportunity is available only for 2nd year MPH or MS students at FSPH.  Students in joint programs (such as MSW-MPH) may also apply, so long as they have completed one year of coursework at FSPH.  Students from any department are eligible.  No previous research experience is necessary.  Students must be enrolled at FSPH in Winter and Spring 2019 to be eligible.  Students should be committed to doing the research mentorship for both quarters.

 All applications are due to Rachel Veerman (rveerman@ucla.edu) by Friday, November 16th, 2018, at 2:00 PM PST.

 Dr. Fehrenbacher will interview applicants in late November/early December.  Successful applicants will be notified by December 7th.