The LLOP is academic enrichment and leadership development program offered by the Gastón Institute for UMass Boston undergraduate students. The LLOP offers undergraduate training in applied research and public policy analysis. Students in the program enhance their analytical and leadership skills, learn how public policy is created, become proficient in public speaking, build strong teamwork abilities, meet with policymakers, and receive course credit for their successful completion of the program. This program has a strong history of success: many graduates are now employed in public policy positions or are enrolled in competitive graduate programs.
This program has three main components.
1. The LLOP Seminar:
Students participate in a semester-long seminar (for credit) in which they are exposed to various research methods and their potential application to public policy issues. As part of the seminar students engage with academics and community stakeholders in discussions concerning the state of the Latino community in Massachusetts and nationally. As part o the seminar, students produce a research paper on some aspect of the Latino condition. Students are mentored by faculty members, who will guide them in completing their research papers. This Spring, the seminar is being led by Professor Rosalyn Negrón.
2. Field Research:
Typically, LLOP students participate in two field research experiences where they are able to travel to different Latino communities and compare them to the Latino communities in this region.
3. Summer Leadership Institute:
LLOP students participate in the Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy sponsored by the InterUniversity Program for Latino Research (IUPLR). Every year, Latino students from across the U.S. meet in Washington DC for a week of discussions and meetings with policy makers and government officials to address issues of concern to Latinos in the United States.
Requirements for participation in the LLOP
We are looking for students who:
· are full-time undergraduate student at UMass Boston (juniors and seniors preferred)
· have a 3.25 grade point average (this is preferred, but not required)
· have an interest in leadership development, public policy, and community involvement
To apply, please download the application, complete it and send it to Professor Rosalyn Negron. The next applicants will be considered for the seminar beginning in Fall 2013.
For information about the program and guidelines please also contact Professor Rosalyn Negron.
The purpose of HESP is to train, support and mentor students interested in health disparities. Developing a diverse workforce committed to health disparities research is key in meeting the heath care needs of an increasingly diverse population. HESP is a project of UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR). It is supported by a collaborative partnership between UMass Medical School and UMass Boston. Funded by National Institutes of Health and National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities.
￼Who is eligible?
- Students from underrepresented communities—Black/African American, Native American, Latino, Vietnamese, Cambodian & Filipino
- Successfully completed at least 24 credits, 2.5 GPA
- Interest in exploring health research and health careers
What does it mean to be a HESP Scholar?
- Complete a 3 credit elective course: Introduction to Health Disparities
- Opportunity to learn about health careers
- Opportunity to join a research project
- Present your course project at an Annual Research Meeting
- Attend an all day field trip to UMass Medical School
- Support provided until graduation
- Introduction to Health Disparities meets Tuesdays, 4pm - 6:45pm in Fall 2013
- HESP Info Session: April 26th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Gastón Institute, Healey Library, 10th Floor
- Deadline: Monday, May 6th
- Welcome & Orientation, June 5th, 10:30am - 12:00pm
- Attend an all day field trip to UMass Medical School on August 27
We are recruiting for Fall 2013!
For more information contact Yvonne Gomes-Santos at 617.287.5885.
This opportunity is made possible by a gift from Robert and Diane Hildreth, members of the UMass Boston Board of Visitors.
- be either junior or sophomore undergraduate students
- be enrolled full-time with a current GPA of 3.0 or higher
- have a valid US Passport at time of travel
- provide an official transcript
- speak/read the local language enough to meet research goals
- provide a letter from a faculty member supporting the research
- present their findings at the Speaker Series in the Fall of 2013
Applicants must submit a proposal that includes:
- an essay addressing focus of the research, interest in the topic and how the applicant meets all the criteria
- a budget of expenses (download template)
Preference may be given to students who have never travelled to a Latin American country and/or who have experience in:
- Faculty-supervised research projects
- Internship programs
- Academic symposiums
- Academic projects and study that may require travel
- Other special programs that encourage academic growth such as the Latino Leadership Opportunity Program (LLOP).
Deadline: April 30, 2013.
April 1st, 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm.
Healey Library, Gastón Institute Conference Room, 10th Floor.
Please send your proposals and/or questions to Keisha Dixon.
The Gastón Institute provides work-study employment for undergraduate students interested in learning and participating in the work of the Institute. Students provide assistance with research tasks, community outreach, database management, special events, and administrative work. Currently we are seeking interns to work on the Annual Ask Fundraising, Coordination of Research for the Director, and Database Management. This is a great opportunity for recent graduates to build their resumes as well. For more information please contact the Mauricio Gastón Institute at 617.287.5790.
The Gastón Institute welcomes UMass Boston graduate students interested in conducting research in our areas of interest. Graduate assistantships at UMass Boston are funded through the graduate programs and departments and students should apply there for an assistantship and indicate their desire to work with one our Institute’s researchers.
Internships for graduate students from other Boston area universities
The Gaston Institute, with its focus on the Latino population of the region, is a unique resource for graduate students in universities in the Boston area. Graduate interns may work on a research project under the direction of one of the Institute’s research Associates and, in some cases, the Institute may be able to provide opportunities for students to develop their own projects, providing both mentorship and support. Students from MIT, Harvard University, Boston College, Tufts University and other colleges have worked as interns in research and policy projects at the Gaston Institute.
Employment for graduate students from UMass Boston and other universities in the Boston area
From time to time, the Gaston Institute offers part-time, short term employment for graduate students studying both at UMass Boston and at other area universities.
To learn more about internships, employment or short term opportunities at the Institute, please contact Dr. Maria Idali Torres (617.287.5790).