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Student Opportunities

Medical Student Research Project

UNM PRC faculty serve as mentors to medical students completing research projects in the category of “population, behavior, epidemiology” research. Projects focus on community-engaged prevention research. Students are expected to conduct scholarly research, including grant writing and submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. Example projects are community intervention research to increase consumption of drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages and to increase access and usage of the tobacco QUITNOW program in a rural New Mexico community. Contact Sally Davisfor more information.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Field Practicum

The UNM PRC hosts master’s-level social work students from the New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work for two-semester, 450-hou0;practicum experiences. The field practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply generalist social work knowledge, skills, values, and ethics to research practice. Students integrate classroom-based theoretical knowledge and values with practice skills acquired during their work at the PRC. Contact Courtney FitzGerald for more information.

Master of Public Health Practicum

The UNM PRC hosts 160-hour practicum experiences for students in the UNM MPH program. The objective of the program is to provide students with hands-on research experience relevant to their professional goals. A project is jointly developed by the preceptor/field advisor at the PRC and the student, with approval from the MPH Program. The PRC can provide experience in community-engaged qualitative and quantitative prevention research. Past practicum experiences have included contributing to the development and implementation of quantitative data collection tools related to physical activity and contributing to the development of a sexual violence prevention strategic plan by assisting with focus groups held across New Mexico. Contact Theresa Cruzfor more information.

Dietetic Internship Rotation Site

PRC registered dietitian Patty Keane serves as a preceptor for students completing the UNM Dietetic Internship program. Through supervised practice activities within the PRC’s community-based nutrition research and programs, interns have the opportunity to meet competencies for research and community nutrition rotations in alignment with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Due to the focus of the PRC’s nutrition-related work, interns gain valuable experience in rural and underserved communities that they may not otherwise have access to. Previous intern experiences include an evidence analysis review of dairy fat and chronic disease risk, development and execution of research protocol, development and delivery of nutrition education to low-income families, development of a grocery store tour curriculum, conducting the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS) in rural communities, measuring employee acceptance of workplace food and nutrition policies, and conducting the Environmental Policy Assessment Observation (EPAO) in rural Head Start centers. Prospective interns outside of the UNM Dietetic Internship program may contact Patty Keane directly to inquire about preceptorship.

Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN) Program

The UNM PRC is a host site for students accepted into the UPN program. This program is a 10-week summer experience during which students work 40 hours per week for the host organization. The purpose of the program is to cultivate students’ interest in research. The PRC provides community-based/health disparities research opportunities. Past UPN projects focused on learning about community engagement and prevention research by conducting systematic literature reviews, collecting data in communities, and learning data analysis software. Contact Sally Davis for more information.