Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 1, 2002Volume 30, Number 16

Nicole Laing (right) returned from Yale to Howard University "with an incredible wealth of information" after her summer as a Yale-Howard Scholar.

Summer mentoring program for minority
students in research is expanded to a full year

A unique summer internship jointly sponsored by the Yale School of Nursing (YSN) and Howard University in Washington, D.C. has been expanded into a year-round experience, thanks to recent funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Institutes of Health's Center for Minority Health.

Launched in the summer of 2000, the Yale-Howard Scholars Program seeks to interest more minority nursing students in pursuing advanced careers in nursing. The program offers mentorship, training and research opportunities designed to enhance the chosen scholars' understanding of the role of the advanced practice registered nurse and the importance of clinical nursing research.

"The objective of the program was to develop a mutually enriching relationship between Yale and Howard," explains Margaret Grey, associate dean for research affairs at YSN and the Independence Foundation Professor there. "Indeed, the program is very much a two-way street. By combining YSN research experience and Howard expertise in doing multi-cultural and multi-ethnic work, the program benefits both institutions tremendously."

The program was originally an intensive six-week summer internship in which Howard students formed a close working relationship with an experienced faculty research mentor at Yale. Each student identified an area of interest, and pursued that interest through hands-on research, seminars and shadowing of advanced practice nurses. Thanks to the new funding, however, the six Howard scholars who participated in the summer of 2001 have continued their work through ongoing mentoring from Yale faculty and the development of a student research project directed by a Howard faculty member during their senior year at Howard University.

"We need to attract individuals of color to our profession," comments Larry Scahill, associate professor at YSN and one of the seven faculty members there who mentored Yale-Howard Scholars in the summer of 2001. "We also need to affirm that some of these young people should continue on to graduate studies." Scahill has continued mentoring Howard scholar Stephanie Mathis throughout the academic year, staying in close contact as she develops her research project, titled "Psychopharmacoepidemiology: Psychotropic Drug Use and Minority Children."

Five other Howard Scholars are currently working on their senior research projects under the mentorship of Yale faculty.

"After my experience as a Yale-Howard scholar, I returned to Howard with an incredible wealth of information," recalls Nicole Laing, a summer 2000 participant of the Yale-Howard Scholars Program who enrolled as a first-year master's degree student at YSN this fall. "Not only did I gain theoretical knowledge, but also the determination to take what I've learned into the community."

Grey notes, "The Yale-Howard Scholars program is among the celebrated firsts at YSN. With continued support from the National Institutes of Health's Center for Minority Health and NINR, YSN has led by example, creating a successful model for other institutions to follow in developing partnerships to increase minority representation, and ultimately to reduce health disparities."


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