Research Mentorship Program

The REPAIR Project Research Mentorship Program aims to bring together mentors and trainees who are committed to research rectifying racial injustice. We recognize that projects which address racial injustice are occuring across the university and throughout the community, in different departments, disciplines, and fields. We seek to provide a space for trainees who are interested in this research to more easily find projects and mentorship. Trainees and mentors are invited to join our Research Mentorship Program Bootcamp, which will discuss foundational theories, methodologies, and address practical questions and concerns. 

Are you a trainee interested in this mentorship program? Fill out this trainee form to get involved. 

Are you a mentor interested in having a student work with you? Fill out this mentor form to get involved. 

How does it work?

We identify mentors (faculty members, senior students, researchers, or community organizations) who have research projects available which would benefit from a student interested in and committed to rectifying racial injustice, some examples of available mentors are listed below. Mentors may:

  1. Have ongoing research projects which are committed to rectifying racial injustices;
  2. Have ongoing research projects which are not specifically addressing racial injustices but wish to expand or adapt their ognoing research projects to address racial injustices;
  3. Be willing to mentor trainees who have their own projects including providing methodological support, theoretical support, institutional support, or support in other forms.

We ask trainees who join the REPAIR Mentorship Research Program to attend and participate in our REPAIR Research Bootcamp, which will cover foundational theories, methodologies, and address practical questions and concerns regarding doing research rectifying racial injustices. Mentors are encouraged to join our Bootcamp as well, as a space for mentors and trainees to think critically about conducting research in this space. The Bootcamp will involve five one-hour sessions over five weeks, with discrete, measurable objectives for each research project. 

Current Mentors

Our current mentors include the following scholars and organizations.

  • Aimee Medeiros, Assistant Professor, History of Health Sciences, research interests include diagnoses, preventive care measures, and societal expectations of the body in medicine
  • Ian Whitmarsh, Professor, Medical Anthropology, research interests include postcolonial theory, racialization, secularity and religious exclusion, and rehabilitating desire
  • Elizabeth Dzeng, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, research interests include medical ethics, palliative and end-of-life care, and racial disparities
  • Nada Gaber, Postdoctoral Fellow, research interests include water insecurity, health metrics, urban health
  • Vincanne Adams, Professor, Medical Anthropology, research interests include decolonialization of health sciences, chemical harm, climate change, global health

How do I get involved?

For Trainees

Trainees who are interested in participating in our research mentorship program fill out a form with their interests and will have access to a full database of details of research projects. We are available to help facilitate mentorships and reach out to mentors on the behalf of trainees. 

For Mentors

If you are a faculty member or senior researcher and you would like to post an opportunity here or be included in our Research Mentorship Program, please fill out this form. We would love to have you as a mentor, and recognize that your research projects and time commitments or availabilities may be in flux. 

FAQ

I am a faculty or oragnization who wants to get involved, but I'm not sure I have the expertise or bandwith to join. We'd love to have you still! We have developed a research bootcamp so that mentors and trainees can learn together. We'd love to have your methodological expertise, your content expertise, and/or your willingness to work with students on their research projects.

I am a student who has my own research project. I need a faculty mentor so that I can apply for funding and have institutional support. That's what we're here for! Perhaps one of our faculty or community organizations can serve that role for you.  

What specifically will the Bootcamp involve? In our first year, our bootcamp will be tailored to and evolved to meet the needs of the participants.