It's Never Too Early to Think About the Future!!!
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
Now in its 30th year, SROP celebrates the achievements of its alumni. To date, 610 program alumni have earned a Ph.D. degree and are now preparing the next generation of SROP scholars as mentors and teachers. Thousands of others have completed graduate training and are pursuing successful careers in government, business, and non-profit agencies.
In the Summer of 2007, I participated in this Program at The Ohio State University. I researched public health issues with Dr. Elizabeth Grainger in her group’s LEAF (Lifetime Eating and Fitness) Study. In short, we examined different dietary structures and their individual impacts on women’s health, both physical and biological. There were incentives and regularly scheduled check-ins to encourage compliance and overall, I was impressed with results and applied much of what I learned to my own life. This experience was paramount in me deciding to pursue a Master’s in Public Health because I saw how important it was to address issues proactively instead of figuring out a resolution for primary and secondary health issues that could have been prevented. I made amazing friends who I am glad to now call my colleagues who are now pharmacists, physicians, engineers and chemists. Our mentors and instructors were dedicated to our success and supported our careers by helping us through the admissions process for our terminal degree options. This program gave me direction for my future and because of my choices, I am now able to help millions of people from the work I do with the Federal Government.
I STRONGLY encourage any college student to take advantage of this immersion opportunity. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Ohio State University, I would recommend any school without hesitation from this consortium. The 2018 application opened today and will be closing February 10, 2018. I urge you to apply as early as possible as some institutions utilize rolling admissions,
https://www.btaa.org/students/srop/introduction , look into the schools and even attempt to reach out to a few that may peek your interests. It’s always nice to get your name on a positive radar early in the game, so go for it!