Immersion Experience

Section 1

Funding Opportunities           Available Mentors 

Goal: To provide UCI medical students the orientation to topics including global health ethics and responsible conduct of research, cross-cultural competency and to develop insight and understanding of translational research through completion of a global health research project throughout the 4 years of medical school.

Scholar Program Essentials:

    • Each student designs and successfully completes a hypothesis-driven research, Scholarly Project (SP).
    • Students work closely with mentors and the UCI Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) office throughout the four years of their project. Through this process students learn about medical information literacy, lifelong learning, teamwork, effective communication, research methods, evidence-based medicine approaches and ethics related to scholarly inquiry.


Year 1: Student teams are matched with an Industry mentor. The student and mentor submit a project prospectus. Once institutional review board compliance is fulfilled the student begins the research project.  During the Summer of the first year the students collect data.

Year 2: The student and mentor meet semi-regularly to carry out the data analysis.

Year 3 (the clerkship year): The student and mentor continue to meet regularly, however, the student's time to work on the project may be limited due to clerkship activities.

Year 4: The student submits a final poster and thesis summarizing their SP. Each student presents the poster at the annual Student Research Symposium, where selected students also provide oral slide presentations.

The ICTS will provide administrative support to the students throughout the 4 year program. 

If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process please contact Diana Vigil (dvigil1@uci.edu)