Gill Junior Research Program

The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) provides opportunities for highly motivated and talented students to develop skills as young researchers and to further explore their interest in health services research. Each student is associated with one or two specific research projects, where he/she works closely with faculty and other researchers. In addition, students are given the opportunity to attend HSR seminars and Work-in-Progress (WIP) sessions that expose them to a broad range of health service research areas, techniques, and approaches.

The Gill Junior Researchers program was created by the Gill Heart Institute and first piloted in 2015. The program’s goal is to mentor students throughout their education so that they matriculate to medical school or to another advanced degree program in health sciences. The students are selected for the program based on need, ambition, and, as importantly, unrealized potential. The main goals for the program are to reach out to ethnic minorities and eventually Appalachian students and otherwise economically and socially disadvantaged students to provide new opportunities for young learners to achieve their dreams.

The Data, Analytics, and Statistical Core (DASC) within the CHSR participated in the Gill Junior Researchers program  to provide internships to economically disadvantaged high school students who are interested in health care careers. These Gill Junior Researcher positions are providing opportunities for students to get hands-on experience with survey development, data extraction and integration, reporting, dashboard development, and statistical analysis in UKHC. Students also acquire skills in agile analytics development, customer service, effective communication, information security, and a wide variety of technologies.