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2024 Community Engagement and Outreach Core Summer Institute


To train junior investigators/faculty from Mississippi’s institutions of higher learning in community-engaged research (CEnR) related to racial and ethnic health disparities that impact the lives of Mississippians, including obesity- and cardiometabolic-related diseases.


Sunday, June 9 through Friday, June 14, 2024


The University of Southern Mississippi - Trent Lott Center
118 College Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39406


The institute will include presentations on aspects of planning and conducting community-engaged research related to major diseases that impact Mississippians, along with individual and group activities focused on developing a proposal for a community-engaged research project.


The institute will have a maximum of 10 participants, allowing for a workshop/seminar type format, with presenter-participant discussion and interactive learning.

Participant support

For non-local participants: Lodging and reimbursement for travel from your home/home campus in Mississippi will be provided. Meals will be provided via per diem allowance for those meals not provided by the institute.

Research support

Institute participants will be eligible to submit a proposal to the MCCTR Pilot Projects Program.

Applications due

April 1, 2024

What past participants said

The connections we made are invaluable – the CEnR Summer Institute facilitators and staff and other attendees at similar points in their career and with complementary research interests. There are few occasions where so many institutions are represented and the environment is conducive to forming sincere collaborations. Likewise, the introduction to a host of resources all geared toward making our research endeavors successful was invigorating and encouraging.

Complete the online application form, which includes uploading:

  1. Your curriculum vitae.
  2. A 2-3 page application letter of interest (research interests and any research activity not reflected in your CV, why you are interested in attending the Institute, and how attendance will benefit your research and professional goals). Please name your file "YourLastName,YourFirstName.ApplicationLetter:".
  3. A letter of recommendation from your Department Chair or a senior faculty member familiar with your professional capabilities and research potential in community-engaged research.

Online submissions will be sent to

Questions? Contact:

The University of Mississippi Medical Center

Tougaloo College

The University of Southern Mississippi

Caroline Compretta

Wendy White

Holly Huye

Department of Preventative Medicine

Jackson Heart Study

School of Kinesiology and Nutrition

Phone: (601) 815-1505

Phone: (601) 977-7736

Phone: (601) 266-6023