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ÁNDALE Latino Research Training Program

ANDALE logo - a graduate is the "A" and an apple is the "D"The Advancing Nutrition Development through Alliance for Education and Leadership (ÁNDALE) Latino Research Training Program aims to train fifty (50) underrepresented undergraduate students in Latino nutrition and disease prevention, enhance their professional development, and engage them in research with a faculty mentor in an effort to better prepare them to enter graduate school or the workforce.

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The ÁNDALE Latino Research Training Program is a 10-week research and training program for undergraduate students to understand the contexts wherein nutrition and health-related decisions and behaviors occur by engaging in nutrition and health related research while receiving mentorship from faculty and staff. The program will begin with an intensive one-week orientation and training (See table below). The purpose of the training is to provide students with an understanding of the research process, specifically, community-based participatory research as it relates to nutrition and Latino health, responsible and ethical conduct of research, and professional development. For the remaining nine weeks, students will conduct research for 10 hours per week with a faculty mentor and receive mentorship. At the end of the 10 weeks, students will give 10-minute presentations on their experience, including the research project, skills and knowledge gained, and future goals. Students will also have the opportunity to submit an abstract and attend a professional conference with all expenses paid.

 

Training & Orientation Overview

Day 1 Introduction to Latino nutrition, nutrition-related chronic diseases affecting Latinos, leadership development
Day 2 Effective research methods for working with Latinos including, CBPR, Promotores de Salud (community health workers), a biopsychosocial research approach, responsible & ethical conduct in research, professional etiquette, elevator speeches
Day 3 Mixed methods research including quantitative and qualitative data, with an emphasis on focus groups, developing interventions and programs, career planning, graduate school
Day 4 Culturally responsive nutrition education among Latinos including cultural and linguistic competence and appropriate services (CLAS), dietary and physical activity national goals and recommendations, resume, CV, cover letters
Day 5 Understanding scientific literature, abstract and poster development, student and faculty research panel, goal setting, individual development plans

Program Dates

Training August 11th – 17th, 2021
Research August 23rd – October 22nd, 2021
Presentations October 29, 2021

Application

Deadline to submit is April 26th, 2021 at 11:59pm.

The complete application package must include: 

  • Complete online Qualtrics application (use Apply to the Program button below).
  • Unofficial Transcripts from all schools attended.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a former or current faculty or advisor (e.g. community college or CSULB instructor, student org advisor, research or program supervisor, church leader, etc.). Faculty/advisor should submit the letter directly using the Letter of Recommendation Submission button below.
  • A Personal Statement (500 words)
    • Tell us why you are interested in receiving training in Latino nutrition and disease prevention.
    • Describe your interest in engaging in public health research. What do you expect to learn?
    • How will participating in the ÁNDALE Latino Training Program help your future education and/or career goals?
  • Resume (1 page) including college(s) attended, community service/volunteer and work experiences, and extracurricular activities.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Over the age of 18
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Health science, nutrition, or kinesiology major
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Able to commit to a 40 hour one-week training in August and 10 hours per week for 9 weeks during the semester
  • Interested in Latino nutrition and disease prevention

Special consideration will be given to students who are first generation educated, have financial need, with disabilities, or from ethnic minority groups. Ten students will be selected each year.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I'm graduating Fall 2021?

Yes, students who would be in their last semester during the program can apply.

Do I need to identify a research mentor in order to apply?

No, you do not need to identify a mentor. However, if you have a mentor in mind that you have an established relationship with, ask them if they would be willing to serve as a faculty mentor for the program. Refer them to our webpage for more information and they can complete a faculty interest form.

Who are the mentors and how does the matching occur?

The program mentors are faculty from the fields of nutrition, health science, and kinesiology at CSULB. Many of our mentors have provided mentorship for several students across a few years and for other programs on campus as well. Each year we ask faculty to sign up to be a mentor if they have an active research project they could engage a student in and have them provide mentorship. Matching is done based on discipline and research interest.

How many hours per week am I required to complete?

You are required to complete 10 hours per week of research related activities with your faculty mentor. In addition, students are required to attend 3 workshops during the 9-week program and participate in check-in meetings with the program director.

Can I complete more than 10 hours per week?

Yes, however, this will warrant a discussion with your faculty mentor to ensure they have enough projects for you to work on.

Is the summer training mandatory?

Yes, the one-week training and orientation is crucial to the program. If you cannot participate in the training, unfortunately, you cannot participate in the program. Dates to the training are found on the main program page. The training takes place from Wednesday to Tuesday, excluding the weekend, to allow studets to process the information and rest.

How many students are selected each year?

A cohort of 10 students is selected each year.

Is this a paid position?

No, this is a research and training experience therefore it is not paid; however, if accepted into the program a scholarship of $2835 is provided. The scholarship is processed through the Office of Financial Aid; therefore, it will affect your financial aid package. Reach out to the Office of Financial Aid to learn more on how it will affect your aid.

How does the travel scholarship work?

Students have up to $1500 to attend a professional or student conference in their field. We encourage students to submit an abstract with guidance from their faculty mentor to have the opportunity to present a research poster. Conferences can be attended during the Fall or Spring semester. Given travel restrictions, virtual conferences will also be supported. 

Will the program take place in person or virtually?

The Center for Latino Community Health will abide by local and state health guidelines to ensure the safety of their students and staff. We have the capacity to provide the program virtually and offer a virtual research experience; however, if guidelines allow, the program will consider switching to in-person modality.

After the program is over, will it be possible to stay as a research scholar to gain more experience?

We always encourage students to talk with their mentor about the possibility of staying beyond the program dates. We have found that most students do continue on a volunteer basis.

Program Details

Program Goals & Objectives

Long-term

  1. 100% of student participants will graduate with a degree in nutrition, health, or kinesiology.
  2. 100% of student participants will enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies immediately following graduation.

Intermediate

  1. 95% of student participants will be in good academic standing as measured by a 3.0 term GPA one semester after participation.
  2. 100% of student participants will be on track to graduate based on degree planners.
  3. 85% of student participants will report they are better prepared to apply for graduate school or enter the workforce.

Short-term

  1. 85% of student participants will demonstrate increased research knowledge, skills, and ability as measured by pre-and-post-test.
  2. 90% of student participants will demonstrate increased knowledge regarding Latino nutrition and chronic diseases as measured by pre-and-post-test.
  3. 90% of student participants will report increased knowledge of culturally and linguistically relevant nutrition education and interventions as measured by pre-and-post-test.
  4. 50% of student participants will continue research with faculty mentor beyond program funding.

ÁNDALE Staff

ÁNDALE Leadership Team

Dr. Melawhy Garcia

Melawhy Garcia, Ph.D., MPH
Principal Investigator / Primary Mentor
Health Science
Melawhy.Garcia@csulb.edu

Natalia Gatdula

Natalia Gatdula, MPH
Program Manager
Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training
Natalia.Gatdula@csulb.edu

 

2020-2021 ÁNDALE Scholars

Manuel Antunez

Manuel Antunez

Major: Health Science, Option in Community Health Education
Mentor: Natalia Gatdula

Ivy Cruz

Ivy Cruz

Major: Health Science, Option in Community Health Education
Mentor: Iveris Martinez

Diana Dinh

Diana Dinh

Major: Dietetics and Food Administration, Option in Nutrition and Dietetics
Mentor: Michelle Barrack

Alexandra Duran

Alexandra Duran

Major: Health Science, Option in Community Health Education
Mentor: Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez

Bryan Flores

Bryan Flores

Major: Healthcare Administration
Mentor: Melawhy Garcia

Kyle Hogg

Kyle Hogg

Major: Kinesiology, Option in Exercise Science
Mentor: Jackie Dawson

Michelle Jordan

Michelle Jordan

Major: Dietetics and Food Administration, Option in Nutrition and Dietetics
Mentor: Virginia Gray

Lisette Lamarque

Lisette Lamarque

Major: Kinesiology, Option in Exercise Science
Mentor: Kellie Walters

Clarissa Madrid

Clarissa Madrid

Major: Dietetics and Food Administration, Option in Nutrition and Dietetics
Mentor: Mayra Rasón

Zuleima Mojica

Zuleima Mojica

Major: Health Science, Option in Community Health Education
Mentor: Sandra Arevalo

Gisselle Moreno

Gisselle Moreno

Major: Nutritional Science
Mentor: Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez

Chinnipha Pengpring

Chinnipha Pengpring

Major: Health Science, Option in Community Health Education
Mentor: Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez

Alexandra Redins

Alexandra Redins

Major: Health Science, Option in Community Health Education
Mentor: Melawhy Garcia

Rama Takwa

Rama Takwa

Major: Dietetics and Food Administration, Option in Nutrition and Dietetics
Mentor: Michelle Barrack