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The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) Graduate Training and Education Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC-GTEC) is a two-year research mentoring and training program for doctoral and health professional students considering careers in cardiovascular health sciences. The UMMC-GTEC certificate program is called the Robert Smith, MD, Graduate Scholars Program. The overall goals of UMMC-GTEC are to:Students sitting in a lounge with laptop computers.

  • Strengthen the research skills of graduate and health professional students from groups in biomedical sciences to better prepare them for their professional careers and to pursue careers in biomedical sciences.

  • Advance the science of research training and education of graduate students.  

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN268201800012I.

The Robert Smith, MD Graduate Scholars Program at UMMC is a research training and mentoring program. Academic credit hours are not conferred, tuition is not charged and therefore financial aid for this program does not apply under Title IV.

Note. Enrollment of the 2023 Cohort is contingent upon the continuation of funding through 2025.

Year 1

Our carefully designed research training program will focus on the following areas:

  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health disparities and minority health
  • Responsible conduct of research

Smith Scholars will receive individual career guidance from experienced educators and work on teams to collaborate to produce scientific manuscripts to be submitted for peer-review. 

Year 2

Smith Scholars will have the opportunity to enhance core research skills in multiple areas including:

  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Scientific writing
  • Scientific presentations

Benefits of Participation

Smith Scholars will receive:

  • Memberships in national, regional, and state-level scientific organizations
  • Invitations to participate in the design and execution of research studies
  • Research mentoring from leading cardiovascular health scientists
  • Career guidance from faculty
  • Annual stipend of $7,500

A successful career in biomedical science requires curiosity, passion, persistence, and dedication. Our research training and mentoring program will prepare Smith Scholars with intense interactive experiences that allow them to observe and participate in the entire research process. We also believe that UMMC-GTEC will complement and extend their doctoral and health professional programs. Participation in our program will allow Smith Scholars to expand their professional networks and prepare them to pursue future career opportunities in biomedical research including post-doctoral fellowships, residencies, and early career faculty positions.