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Summer Program of Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Training (SPROUT)

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Research student talking to prospective students.

What are the benefits of the Program?

  • Working directly with faculty on research shows focus and benefits students on their graduate school applications.
  • The program offers a $6,000 stipend for participation and $500 in travel reimbursement for attending a national conference.
  • The program offers Scholars the opportunity to participate in a GRE preparatory course.
  • The core curriculum encompasses professional development skills.

Who should I contact if I need more information on the SPROUT Program?

  • Please contact Dr. Morland at [email protected] should you need any assistance about the program.

SPROUT Program Directors

Dr. Ray De. Leon

Dr. De Leon has been studying spinal cord plasticity following injury for thirty-two years. As a principal investigator at Cal State LA, he has been dedicated to student research and has provided funded research opportunities to eighty-nine undergraduate and graduate students and more than 80% of them are underrepresented minorities. His philosophy has been to immerse students in every aspect of the research, including manuscript writing. His students have won awards for research presentations at local and international conferences and forty of his students have co-authored scientific papers. The university, college and department have recognized his contributions to the university and exemplification of the teaching-scholar model.

Dr. Kimberly Morland

Dr. Morland is an epidemiologist who has focused her career on environmental factors that affect human health for the past twenty years.  She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of food environment research and recently published the second edition of her textbook, Local Food Environments: Food Access in America.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate research courses at Cal State LA in the Department of Public Health and the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Sciences.  She has been the principal investigator of numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research proposals and has included student participation in her research projects providing opportunities for hands-on-research experiences.  Over fifty mentored students have gained experience collecting and analyzing data, presenting findings at local and national conferences, as well as authoring manuscripts.

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