Internships/Fellowships

The Research Scholar in Women’s Health program at Nuvance Health seeks to address the STEM gap for women by supporting the focused efforts of post-graduate ‘Research Scholars’ engaged in multi-disciplinary research that expands current knowledge in the field, including health disparities that place women at highest risk for morbidity and mortality.

Based on the campus of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) and under the guidance of an assigned research mentor, Research Scholars in Women’s Health will work collaboratively with Nuvance Health research and population health teams on full-time, six-month projects exploring priority research areas such as reproductive health, mental health, and social determinants of health and illness, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, education, health literacy and race/ethnicity. One Research Scholar will be selected each year.

Research Scholars in Women’s Health will have access to a rich array of clinical and educational resources at Nuvance Health that foster the development and implementation of robust study. Research projects will build upon scientific findings from the literature in medicine and other disciplines and help inform the direction of the organization’s research agenda in women’s health through data gathered by the organization’s health outreach initiatives (Community Care Teams, Accountable Health Communities, Global Health Program).

Successful completion of the Research Scholar in Women’s Health program will include an internal presentation of each Scholar’s work which can be adapted and presented for external professional audiences. Research Scholars will also be expected to summarize findings from research projects in a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Eligibility
Post-undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate study in clinical, translational and/or social science research and graduate students completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health or another health-related discipline are eligible to apply. Those with strong data analysis skills including biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics and/or public health are preferred. Students of all scientific disciplines with strong interest in the biological, environmental, social and genetic causes of health disparities are encouraged to apply, especially women with diverse backgrounds.

Each Research Scholar will receive a $15,000 stipend over the six-month research period as well as budgeted research support of up to $5,000.


2020 Timeline

  • January 6: Application Period opens
  • February 29: Application Period Closes
  • March 15: Research Scholar Selected for the May-October program.

Interested applicants should send their current CV to joann.petrini@nuvancehealth.org

Western Connecticut Health Network conducts high-quality and timely research in many different therapeutic areas. The research intern will be responsible for contributing to various clinical and health outcomes research projects. Under the guidance of the research team, the intern will play an active role in projects including (but not limited to), cardiovascular, pulmonary, pediatrics, surgery and Primary Care Training Enhancement. Interns will be encouraged to attend lectures of interest available within WCHN.

Typical internship responsibilities include the following:

  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Collecting data through multiple electronic medical record systems; safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects
  • Preparing study materials for submission to the Institutional Review Board
  • Recruiting and/or interviewing study subjects
  • Preparing, maintaining and updating study materials
  • Assisting with data management
  • Attending project meetings

Required Skills/Experience
Qualified applicants should be enrolled in or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree program in public health, health science, clinical research, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field and be driven and self-motivated. Experience using with Microsoft Excel is a plus.

Location: Danbury Hospital

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The Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank is the only hospital-based Lyme disease biobank in the nation. The mission of the Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank is to foster research efforts in Lyme disease by maintaining a repository of biological samples such as blood, serum, and urine, as well as a comprehensive database of patients with Lyme disease. All research data are made available to researchers in the field in compliance with appropriate regulatory protocols, to further enhance cooperative research efforts.  

Typical responsibilities include the following:

  • Assisting the research team with identifying eligible participants.
  • Contact eligible patients and schedule appointments.
  • Conduct interviews and collect samples from participants according to the study protocol, under the direction of the research team.
  • Create and organize Lyme research materials for use in Lyme disease research studies. 

Required Skills/Experience
Qualified applicants should be enrolled in or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree program in public health, health science, clinical research, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field and be driven and self-motivated.   Excellent communication skills are required as interns will interact with patients, clinical professionals, and other staff members.  Experience in phlebotomy is preferred but not required. Experience using with Microsoft Excel is a plus.

Location: Nuvance Health Research Institute

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The Biomedical Research Institute offers a 2-week (5 days/week) research program designed to introduce students to a variety of protocols and techniques used in research. The program provides an opportunity for students to work with a senior scientist in order to learn or improve technical skills and obtain a basic understanding of the biomedical research field.

The program emphasizes a hands on laboratory experience, where students spend a majority of their time learning research techniques, maintaining a research notebook and general laboratory upkeep. Currently the program offers experience in pipetting accuracy, bacterial growth, protein lysis and quantitation, agarose gels, electrophoresis, western blot analysis, fluorescent microscopy, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) assays. Based on student input and recommendations the program continues to evolve and expand in order to meet the ever changing direction of research.

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