Diné College Enhances Student Research Skills

Nov 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News
By Ed McCombs

Eleven Navajo students participated in the “Summer Research Enhancement Program” (SREP) in public health research at Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ). Developed to provide hands-on practical training in the design and implementation of public health research projects, the SREP program began in 2000. Mark C. Bauer, Ph.D., of the DC faculty has been the director since then.

DC is in the second year of a 4-year collaborative project with Mayo Clinic, funded by the National Cancer Institute. The collaboration added a new cancer focus option to the SREP program. Thus, seven students focused on diabetes public health research, and four students focused on cancer public health research. Edward R. Garrison, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the DC faculty, directed the cancer focus option.

The program began in June with a Hooghan ceremony conducted by Ferlin Clark, president of DC, and Jack C. Jackson, Sr., DC’s director of legislative and cultural affairs. This was followed by 3 weeks of intensive classroom and computer lab activities, which included lectures on diabetes, cancer, and research methods, and then evening computer labs on organization and analysis of data.

Each student completed a 6-week practicum in either a diabetes program or a cancer program in his or her own home community. The students worked with the program staff to identify and analyze a set of anonymous public health data as part of their training experience.

The program ended on August 10 with an individual formal presentation by each student about his or her practicum experience with a focus on the analysis and findings of the site data.

DC has been successful in fundraising to support its SREP program. This year’s program was supported by the National Institutes of Health (MBRS-RISE program and the National Cancer Institute) and by funding from the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.

For more information, contact Ed McCombs, Office of Marketing and Public Relations, Diné College by phone (928) 724-6635 or by email emccombs@dinecollege.edu.

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