Welcome to our 2021 UPHS Scholars!


Kimberly Aguirre (Mentor: Alda De Andrade E Pires, DVM, MPVM, PhD )

Jessica Rangel (Mentor: Candice Price, PhD )

Harjeet Mann (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD, MFT)

Catelyn Edwards (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD, MFT)


The goal of the Undergraduate Public Health Scholars program is to provide a mentored summer research experience in public health sciences. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one of the many types of research activities conducted by faculty in the department, from epidemiology of health disparities, to environmental health and health policy.  Students will receive a stipend of $4000 for a 10-week program in research for the summer of 2022. Students are expected to work 40 hours per week, meet weekly with faculty mentors, attend a weekly scientific skills seminar conducted by Educational Enrichment & Outreach Programs (EEOP)/ Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP), and present their research at the EEOP/BUSP Poster Session.

  • Eligibility UC Davis undergraduates who have completed at least 3 years and have at least 1 more year prior to graduation AND meet one of the following criteria:UC Davis Educational Opportunity Program
  • Identify as a historically excluded racial or ethnic minority (African American, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latinx)
  • Have a disability
  • Participate in the BUSP or BUSP-STARS
  • Come from a disadvantaged background as defined by the NIH (See the EEOP eligibility page for specific details)
  • Students do not have to be in the College of Biological Sciences. Students fromALL majors/disciplines (including non-STEM majors) are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Interested students should apply via the College of Biological Sciences Educational Enrichment and Outreach Programs for Upper Division Students. Finalists will be contacted to meet with a faculty member to arrange an interview to meet and discuss potential projects. Click here for the application.

Deadline: Applications are now CLOSED.  Thank you for your interest!

Notice of Award:

Program Dates: TBA

The Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program is funded by the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences.

Other Undergraduate Opportunities in Public Health

UC Davis MIND Institute RISE-UP

CDC Internships and Fellowships for Minority Health

CDC-Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internship Program

Health Career Connection: Paid internships for rising seniors and recent graduates

Past UPHS Scholars and Mentors

Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Alumni 

2020 

Joan Ashby (Mentor: Miriarm Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery): Winner, ABRCMS Presentation Awards in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 2020 

Sofia Ledesema (Mentor: Keny Pinkerton, Pediatrics- School of Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine): Winner, ABRCMS Presentation Awards in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 2020 

Bianca Puente (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, Human Ecology) 

Neha Singh (Mentor: Kent Pinkerton Pediatrics- School of Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine) 

2019 

Sheccid Torres (Mentor: Kent Pinkerton, Pediatrics- School of Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine) 

Earl Morales (Mentor: Miriarm Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery): Winner, ABRCMS Presentation Awards in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health 2019 

2018

Yemi Lawrence (Mentor: Michelle Ko, Public Health Sciences) 

Lia Lopez (Mentor: Efrain Talamantes, Internal Medicine) 

Ricky Rios (Mentor: Miriarm Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery) 

Rosario Lopez (Mentor: Lorena Garcia, Public Health Sciences) 

2017

Sonam Kumari (Mentor: Michelle Ko, Public Health Sciences) 

Veronica Zepeda Pontifes (Mentor: Miriam Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery)

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