Dorsey Research Honor Society

Main Content

L.C. Dorsey Research Honor Society

Dorsey Honor Society logo.jpgThe L.C. Dorsey Research Honor Society is a new multidisciplinary network of social, behavioral, health, and citizen scientists who have produced or contributed to the production of exceptional minority health and health disparities research. Dr. L.C. Dorsey was a fierce advocate and pioneer who worked tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of Mississippi’s disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations.

Purpose

This honor society will be comprised of graduate students, faculty, and citizen scientists who produce meritorious research that contributes to the effort to improve health among vulnerable populations. An invitation to join this society of scholars only comes through a nomination and rigorous selection process that evaluates scientific productivity and commitment to the ideals demonstrated by the society’s namesake. Membership in this society requires one to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Dorsey through a pursuit of research excellence, a focus on marginalized populations, and a willingness to invest in the next generation of scientists.

There is no membership fee, however membership in this society requires one to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Dorsey through a pursuit of research excellence, a focus on marginalized populations, and a willingness to invest in the next generation of scientists.

Membership benefits

  • Priority access to a network of scientists active in population health, minority health, health disparities, and health equity research;
  • Information about additional training opportunities such as internships or fellowships;
  • Ongoing career mentoring and professional development;
  • Member certification. Members receive a welcome certificate and framed gold sash; and
  • Members will be invited to participate in a formal induction ceremony in the annual Mississippi Academy of Science (MAS) Conference. For more information about MAS, visit https://msacad.org/.

Eligibility requirements

Master's degree students
  • Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate-level coursework in an accredited program
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.50
  • Demonstrated commitment to a career in research
Doctoral degree students
  • Completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of doctoral-level coursework in an accredited program
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.50
  • Demonstrated excellence in research
Citizen scientists
  • Demonstrated progress from working on a community health related project for at least 12 months
  • Independent and/or academic-partnered research/science
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving population health and/or health equity
University faculty
  • Track record of scientific scholarship in population health, minority health, health disparities, and/or health equity research
  • Demonstration of community-partnered science
  • Contributing to the next generation of scholarship

Nomination form

  • If you would like to nominate an individual for the L.C. Dorsey Research Honor Society, complete the membership nomination form by clicking on this link.
  • If you would like to nominate yourself for the L.C. Dorsey Research Honor Society, complete the membership nomination form by clicking on this link.

A diverse panel of reviewers will evaluate all nominations. The L.C. Dorsey Research Honor Society complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

The nomination form will open on December 1, 2021. The deadline to submit a nomination or self-nomination is February 1, 2022.

Selection criteria

External or self-nominations must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominees must submit their Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.
  • Nominees must submit a professional recommendation letter.
    • Letters from peers, family members, etc. will not be accepted
  • Nominees will write a brief statement describing their research-related activities and their commitment in improving the health of marginalized populations.

All nominees must demonstrate results of scientific commitments to improving community health and must show results of scientific inquiry in improving the health of marginalized populations.