Undergraduate Public Health Scholars
Thank you for your interest in UPHS!
The 2023 application cycle is closed. Please check back in January/February 2024.
The goal of the Undergraduate Public Health Scholars program is to provide a mentored summer research experience in public health sciences, with an emphasis on systemic health inequities. 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 $5000 for a 10-week program in research for the summer of 2023. 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. UPHS prioritizes students with a strong understanding and commitment to health equity, who are interested in pursuing careers in public health.
Students from the following backgrounds are encouraged to apply:
- 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 from ALL majors/disciplines (including non-STEM majors) are encouraged to apply.
The Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program is funded by the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences.
Other Undergraduate Opportunities in Public Health
Health Career Connection: Paid internships for rising seniors and recent graduates
Past UPHS Scholars and Mentors
Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Alumni
Nicole Ibewiro, Dr. Brittany Chambers. African American Birthing People's Perinatal Care Experiences during Covid-19
Ellie Lee, Debbie Fetter. Using Culturally-Inclusive Recipes to Promote Engagement with College Campus Food Access Resources
Daisy Montoya, Laura Adame, Jesus Bastian, Najla Dabbagh, Yelitza Campos, Laura Fejerman. Development of HPV Awareness and Prevention Education Materials For Hispanic/Latinx Community Health Educators
Nimra Nazar, Dr. Michelle Ko. Experiences of Low-Income Undergraduate Students with Disabilities at University of California, Davis
Isabella Pahulu, Dr. Jennifer Falbe. Reviewing the Literature of Diet-Related Chronic Disease Interventions for Native Hawaiians
Natalie Reyes, Yury Garcia, Dr. Miriam Nuno. Differences in Health Care Utilization in CA using the CHIS Database
Alejandro Tapia, Krista Thongphanh, Charles Li, and Kent E. Pinkerton. Health Implications of 4th Generation E-Cigarettes
Miriam Bermejo, Miriam Nuño, Yury Garcia. Characterizing Vaccine Missingness in Children using 2019-2020 NIS-Child Database
Natalie Madrigal, Chase Boyer, Andrea C. Bühler-Wassmann, Leah Hibel. Sleep and Its Effect on Emotional Regulation
Jesús M. Magaña, Kent Pinkerton, Priya Upadhyay. Health Implications of Engineered Silver Nanomaterials
Elissa Perez-Rodriguez, David Seth Jabonero Carillo, Kent Pinkerton. Structural remodeling of the human lung due to inhaled particle deposition and retention
Linda Sancrant, Caitlin Jones, Kathryn Conlon. Landscape Use and Wildfires - A Summary of the Literature and Conceptual Framework
Kimberly Aguirre (Mentor: Alda De Andrade E Pires, D.V.M, M.P.V.M, Ph.D, School of Veterinary Medicine)
Jessica Rangel (Mentor: Candice Price, Ph.D., Molecular Biosciences )
Harjeet Mann (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, Ph.D., MFT, Human Ecology)
Catelyn Edwards (Mentor: Leigh Ann Simmons, Ph.D., MFT, Human Ecology)
Joan Ashby (Mentor: Miriam 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)
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
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)
Sonam Kumari (Mentor: Michelle Ko, Public Health Sciences)
Veronica Zepeda Pontifes (Mentor: Miriam Nuno, Public Health Sciences and Surgery)