Student Involvement

About Student Involvement in the LGBT Pop Center

The Mentoring and Training Programs of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health offer opportunities for training and mentorship to aspiring and junior researchers in the United States. Our mission is to link promising scholars with the resources they need to improve the reach, quality and methodological rigor of their research and to prepare them for careers in LGBT health and population science. We aim to foster the growth and development of the next generation of scholars in this exciting, interdisciplinary field by providing opportunities for additional coursework, assistance with independent research, and faculty interaction.

Our programs link scholars with training opportunities in the scientific study of LGBT population groups, with data resources from a growing archive of LGBT datasets, and with a nationwide network of expert faculty in LGBT health and population-based research who are available to serve as mentors.

We currently offer two major mentoring and training programs. The Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health is a 4 week training program open to graduate students and early career scholars. The National Pre-Doctoral Mentoring Program is a distance mentoring program that links advanced Masters and doctoral students with LGBT health mentors. Participants may be involved in one or both of these programs and a separate application process is required for each.

Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health

The Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health is one-of-a kind opportunity to train in LGBT health research. The LGBT Pop Center annually hosts the Summer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts in July and August. The Summer Institute provides participants with foundational training in interdisciplinary theory, knowledge and methods for conducting population research in sexual and gender minority health.

The Summer Institute is held over four weeks on the campuses of Fenway Health and Boston University. This intensive training program includes a cohort of 12-16 graduate students and 3-6 early career scholars each year. Program components include:

  1. a dynamic Cornerstone Seminar in LGBT Health and Social Life that overviews key topics, methods, and perspectives in the interdisciplinary study of LGBT Health and includes guest lectures from expert researchers in the field. View an example syllabus (PDF 384KB)
  2. short-course instruction in statistics and quantitative data analysis at the intermediate and advanced-intermediate levels; and
  3. hands-on training in analysis of LGBT population health data in the Interactive Data Lab.

There is no cost for tuition and slots are available for free housing in Boston University dormitories during the Institute. The Summer Institute is funded by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (grant number R25HD064426). Summer Institute sponsors include The Fenway Institute, the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, and the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.

The 2013 Summer Institute will be held July 15-August 9. Applications are due April 15, 2013.

Download the 2013 call for applications (PDF 945KB). For more information, please call 617-927-6319 or email

2012 Summer Institute
Participants in the 2012 Summer Institute in LGBT Health: (back row ) Maria Brown, Cheng-Shi Shiu, Rodrigo Aguayo Romero, Brian Rood, Kristen Porter, Judith Bradford (instructor), Gabriel Galindo, Judy Margo, Steve Garcia, Ryan Watson, Manuel Ocasio; (front row) Aimee Van Wagenen (instructor), Janelle Downing, Julia Puckett, Sara Miller, Erin Singer, Christopher Wheldon, Paul Gilbert, Christiano Scandurra, Kerith Conron (instructor), Allegra Gordon
2011 Summer Institute
Participants in the 2011 Summer Institute in LGBT Health: (Top row) Eric Grollman, Nicholas Eaton, Robert Coulter, Shandu Foster, Hale Thompson, Michelle Williams, Edward Alessi, Sari Reisner (instructor); (Middle row) Aimee Van Wagenen (instructor), Kristi Gamarel, Nicole VanKim, Tonia Poteat, Larissa McGarrity, Judith Bradford (instructor), Alexa Martin-Storey, Mieke Thomeer; (Front row) Luis Gutierrez-Mock, Ning Hsieh, Amee Schwitters, Mark Williams, Tristan Guarini.
2010 Summer Institute
Participants in the 2010 Summer Institute in LGBT Health: (Top row) Jennifer Jabson, L. Zachary DuBois, Chongyi Wei, Dawn Comeau, Jeremy Grey, Derrick Matthews, Blair Glennon, Andrew Hart. (Second row) Ethan Mereish, Judith Bradford (Instructor), Timmy Huynh, Sarah Reed, John Blosnich, Justin Smith, Aimee Van Wagenen (Instructor). (Bottom row) Grant Wesley Farmer, Leah Williams, Eva Woodward, Judith Andersen.
image from 2010 Summer Institute
Summer Institute participant Grant Wesley Farmer gives his final presentation at the Fenway Health auditorium. All participants complete independent analysis projects that can form the basis for publishable papers, conference presentations, and/or preliminary data for research proposals. View a list of past research projects (Word 22K).

National Pre-doctoral Mentoring Program

Our pre-doctoral program involves scholars early in their careers in LGBT research, providing help to students as they define their career goals, build their knowledge base about the characteristics of LGBT population groups, and hone their skills in the best and most innovative population-based research methodologies.

Pre-doctoral students selected for the mentoring program are provided the opportunity to be matched with an expert faculty mentor from the Center's nationwide network who will guide and assist them with a project in LGBT population research for a mutually agreed upon length of time. Such mentorship is expected to complement existing graduate training at students' home institutions through long-distance learning and interactions.

The Center coordinates the program, matching students accepted in the program with faculty mentors who have expertise in a field of LGBT health research closely related to the students' interests. Faculty who participate in the Center as mentors have appointments at universities and institutions across the country and represent a broad range of interests and methodological expertise in the study of LGBT population groups.

Students currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States and engaged in population research with a focus upon LGBT health and/or same-sex families are encouraged to apply. Outstanding masters' students who are planning to pursue advanced doctoral studies and a career in LGBT population research are also eligible to apply.

For more information about the program, contact us at or download a brochure about the program (PDF 2.1M).

Applications for the program are accepted on a rolling basis until February 15. Please contact us at and we will send you an application form.