Katies for Aging Research and Equity

Katies for Aging Research and Equity (KARE) is an integrated, multi-year research education program that supports underrepresented minority students to study, challenge, and reimagine systems to promote healthy aging and longevity for all. First-year students who join KARE will be supported within this small community of scholars and faculty mentors throughout their entire undergraduate experience. Through wrap-around student support, interdisciplinary education in longevity and aging, and mentored research opportunities, KARE scholars will be well prepared to be the next generation of leaders in health disparities research across the lifespan.

Benefits to Student Participants

KARE scholars will receive holistic support through community building activities, career development programming, academic and research mentorship, and networking events within the larger aging and health disparities research community. Scholars will also remain connected to the program beyond graduation as part of an active community of KARE alumni. Throughout their time at St. Kate's, KARE scholars will have access to many student supports, including

  • Access to a Living and Learning Community for those students living on campus

  • Study advocates for support in coursework

  • Dine-and-learn events with local and national experts

  • One-on-one mentorship with a faculty member 


Research careers for KARE scholars may include

  • Behavioral science

  • Biomedical science

  • Clinical and translational science

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physical therapy

  • Public health

  • Social work

KARE scholars will also receive a cross-disciplinary education in longevity and aging with a focus on age-related health disparities and interprofessional collaboration. Coursework will focus on the environmental, sociocultural, behavioral, and biological factors that underlie age-related health disparities among diverse populations of older adults, and may include the following:

  • Foundations of Longevity and Aging

  • Family Identity and Inequality

  • Biological Perspectives in Longevity and Aging

  • Navigating Evidence: From Basic Research to Clinical Practice

  • Capstone Course in Longevity and Aging

Each KARE scholar will be engaged in mentored research through paid internships in on- or off-campus research settings. As a complement to ongoing health disparities research at St. Kate's, external partnerships have been developed for KARE internships within the Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging in Rochester, Minnesota and the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul.

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Each KARE scholar will receive over $10,000 in the form of paid internships and career development. Specifically, scholars will receive stipend support for all research internships, transportation funds for off-campus internships, and housing support for non-local internships. Each scholar will also receive funds to support national travel to conferences within the field of aging and health disparities research. 

Apply by November 1

First-year students pursuing studies within a STEM or health-related discipline are invited to apply for KARE by November 1, 2019.

Applications will involve several short essays about your research interests and professional goals. There is no GPA requirement for this opportunity. Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with Jasper Ririe, KARE program specialist, or any of the KARE co-directors (Katie Campbell, Josh Guggenheimer, or Marcie Myers) prior to submitting an application to answer any questions about KARE or the application process.

Fill out an application form

Eligibility

Eligible students may include those from any of the following groups:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

  • Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

  • Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below low-income thresholds while residing in the United States. This might include St. Kate’s students who receive a Federal Pell Grant or other need-based financial aid. 

  • Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain U.S. rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

The KARE Program is funded by the National Institute on Aging through the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25AG060892.