Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Summer Program (MCHC/RISE-UP) at UC Davis

The UC Davis MIND Institute and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Partnership with the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) invite you to apply as a scholar for the 2018 MCHC/RISE-UP Summer Program at UC Davis. The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health leadership training to focus on elimination of health disparities and promotion of health equity. Grant funding for this program was awarded to KKI by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a national consortium of institutions and universities built on the Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training framework and the previous CDC-funded RISE Program grant. Consortium partners include: (1) the Kennedy Krieger Institute partnering with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, (2) University of South Dakota partnering with Tribal Serving Institutions, and (3) University of California, Davis (UC-Davis) MIND Institute partnering with UC-Davis Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. MCHC/RISE-UP’s ultimate goal is to promote a more equitable health system by introducing highly qualified diverse undergraduate scholars (juniors and seniors with a GPA 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale; and scholars who received their baccalaureate degree within 12 months of MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation) to the field of public health. All scholars interested in reducing health disparities and promoting social justice, especially scholars from underrepresented populations in the field of public health, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholars are mentored by a faculty member throughout their summer experience. Learning opportunities for scholars include: 1) weekly, in-person and seminars related to social determinants of health and disability as well as distance learning with other KKI site partners on the CDC Winnable Battles, 2) clinical participation to learn about disability and health disparities, 3) community engagement and advocacy, and 4) research.


A $3,500 stipend is provided to all program participants. Air flight and housing for the CDC visit are paid by the program. Consortium site housing and round-trip travel for out-of-state scholars are also available. All program activities are contingent on CDC funding.


In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, the applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a rising junior, junior, or senior or received their baccalaureate degree within 12 calendar months of the MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, permanent resident
  • Be able to commit to the length of the program


Applications are due and must be uploaded by January 31, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST).

Applications must be completed within one two-hour session. After two hours, the application system will time out and your information will NOT be saved.