2020-2021 President's Symposium & White Paper Project

Application Extension: New Deadline is 11:59 pm on April 1st

In recognition of the challenges presented by COVID-19 we have decided to extend the President's Fellows application until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, April 1st. As University, local, and national leadership continue to monitor COVID-19, we may need to adjust some or all components of the program and will keep applicants updated on any changes. 

Should you have questions, please contact Courtney J. Jones Carney

Collaboration with MPower

The President’s Symposium and White Paper Project is partnering with MPower to create a unique opportunity for UMB students to participate in mentored research training while developing recommendations for the University as it explores best practices for cultivating an empathetic, team-based approach to meeting the community's health literacy needs. Program participants will complete a student/faculty-mentored research project at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) during Summer 2020. Next, participants will engage in researching, authoring, and presenting a White Paper at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

During the component at UMCP, participants will complete a 400-hour project conducted over a 10-week period between May 26th and July 31st.  The UMB component will require an average 10-hour weekly commitment from August 24th through April 30th. The combined stipend for this program is $8,500.

* Participation in both the summer (UMCP) and academic year (UMB) components is preferred, but not required.

Role of the President's Fellows

The President's Fellows will explore the ways that UMB can address Health Literacy as a Social Determinant of Health and cultivate an empathetic, team-based approach to meeting the community's health literacy needs. This year's President's Fellows will participate in the following:

  • Completing a 10-week full-time research project on health literacy and social determinants of health at UMCP under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Baur
  • Conducting an organizational scan of existing health literacy/social determinants of health initiatives
  • Evaluating the relevancy and effectiveness of existing initiatives
  • Developing specific and actionable strategies for cultivating an empathetic, team-based approach to meeting the community's health literacy needs
  • Authoring a white paper with recommendations and next steps
  • Presenting recommendations to the university community

Qualifications

To be considered as a President's Fellow, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at University of Maryland, Baltimore during the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Complete and submit the application by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 1st
  • Have an interest in examining the 2020-2021 topic — Health Literacy as a Social Determinant of Health
  • Be in good academic standing

This Year's Topic

How can UMB address Health Literacy as a Social Determinant of Health and cultivate an empathetic, team-based approach to meeting the community's health literacy needs?

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