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mPOWER Summer Research Fellowship

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The Minority Pipeline for Obesity and Eating Disorder Research (mPOWER) fellowship is designed to provide research experience and mentorship to underrepresented racial/ethnic minority individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in eating disorders and/or obesity research.


Racial and ethnic minorities are dramatically underrepresented in academia, psychological science, and in the obesity and eating disorders research fields. The WELL Center is dedicated to the mission of combating this problem by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. The WELL Center mPOWER program is designed to provide high quality, hands-on research experience and mentorship to individuals at a range of training levels (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate) who otherwise may not have ample opportunities to access such experiences. Fellows who complete this program will be competitive candidates for high-quality post-baccalaureate research coordinator positions, PhD programs (e.g., clinical psychology, public health, or other sciences), and/or postdoctoral research fellowship positions. There may be opportunities at the end of the program to continue as a research assistant in the WELL Center.

Fellowship Description

The mPOWER Fellowship is designed to mentor young researchers from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the obesity and eating disorders fields. mPOWER Fellows will complete research in the WELL Center for 40 hours per week for 8 weeks during the summer. Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000, plus an additional $2,000 for living expenses (if the fellowship is completed in person). During the program, the fellow will:

  • Conceptualize and make progress on an independent research project
  • Serve as a research assistant on ongoing lab projects
  • Receive intensive mentorship in careers in research and obesity/eating disorders research
  • Participate in lab research and project meetings, clinical supervision meetings, and trainings
  • Be assigned at least one faculty and and one WELL Center PhD student or postdoc mentor


Applicants must:

  • Be from an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority background (e.g., Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander)
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record
  • Possess a desire to pursue an academic research career
  • Have specific interest in obesity or eating disorders research


  • Applications are due December 1, 2020 and fellowship decisions will be made by February 1, 2021 for Summer 2021 fellowships.
  • Applications include basic demographic information, short answer essays, resume or CV, and ranking of faculty mentors
  • Finalists will complete interviews with potential mentors over videoconference

Program Faculty

Applicants will be asked to select and rank which faculty members they are most interested in working with. The below faculty can all serve as mentors for mPOWER Fellows. There may be opportunities to be jointly mentored by two faculty.