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SHARP (Students of HawaiÔÇśi Advanced Research Program), Fall 2018 Paid Research Experience

SHARP is based at the University of HawaiÔÇśi at Hilo and is designed to support the academic endeavors of underrepresented minority students. Students are supported by mentors to develop their interests and competence in biomedical and behavioral sciences research with the goal of advancing to PhD studies.

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CERF's Rising TIDES initiative promotes opportunities for all underrepresented minorities while cultivating a culture that actively engages and leverages diversity of all types. The Rising TIDES Conference Mentoring Program will jointly support underrepresented minority (URM) students and mentors to participate in CERF 2017 - 24th Biennial Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Through joint support of both students and mentors, this program aims to enhance career development of URM students, ensure that students participating in the program will have sustained mentorship following the conference, help develop a community of practice for CERF members who are engaged in building diversity and inclusion within their own organizations and across institutions, and involve those who are already mentors of URM students in helping to transform CERF into a broadly inclusive society.


Ten student/mentor pairs will be selected to participate in the Rising TIDES Conference Mentoring Program, including one from each Affiliate Society region and three from the community at large. The program begins Sunday morning, 5 November and extends through Thursday afternoon, 9 November. The following components apply to both students and mentors selected for this program:

  • Paid conference registration fee

  • Rising TIDES workshop Part I on Sunday morning featuring testimonials by URM professionals on paths to success and small group discussions with speakers, URM mentors, and other CERF members

  • Buffet luncheon with workshop participants

  • Rising TIDES workshop Part II Sunday afternoon on Building and Embracing CERF Diversity (expected for mentors; included among afternoon workshop options for students)

  • Monday-morning breakfast with the full Meeting Mentoring Program

  • Ticket to the CERF Inclusion Luncheon on Tuesday

Additional student benefits:

  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the conference, and paid hotel (double occupancy) and meal allowance during the conference

  • Opportunity to participate in other workshops Sunday afternoon on topics useful for students

  • Other student-oriented activities throughout the conference

  • Free two-year student membership to CERF

Additional mentor benefits:

  • Up to $500 (USD) reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the conference.