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Providence Research Associates Program

PRAP 2016 Group Photo

The M. Brian Aynesworth Research Center is located in the F.M. and Gloria Young Tower at Providence Health Center. Founded in 1905 by the Daughters of Charity, Providence currently serves as a member of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system. With a mission to provide innovative health care to the community, it is the goal of the M. Brian Aynesworth Research Center to further expand that mission to include the development of medical science.

The purpose of the Providence Research Associates Program (PRAP) is to provide undergraduate students experience in clinical research by writing study protocols, consulting with health care professionals, participating in the IRB submission process, entering and analyzing data, creating study posters, and presenting their research at showcases and competitions. Students will be assigned to various projects as they work under the direction of the Physician Investigator and will be supervised by the research staff. Current studies focus on assessment, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular and neurological illnesses.

All interested students are required to complete an application and an orientation with the Providence Education Department and follow the Research Department's volunteer policy. Commitment will be for one year. Minimum weekly commitment should be four hours/week, and may vary with the project. Ideal times for scheduling would be at least two days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays) during a 2-3 consecutive morning hours shift. Students will be given the opportunity to observe various procedures that are related to the projects they will be working on.

This application has closed. Check back with us December 2018!

Program Timeline:

  • December - Application to the program opens
  • March 1st - Applications due
  • mid to late March - Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled
  • early April - Interviews
  • mid April - Candidates will be selected and notified
  • April - Mandatory orientation for contract students
  • May through June - Credentialing process and paperwork
  • August (2018) - Internships begins
  • May (2019) - Internships conclude

Job Description:

The responsibilities for each internship will be determined between the mentor and the student which will offer reasonable flexibility for both parties. However, you can view some of the student researcher responsibilities by clicking the following link Providence - Student Researcher Responsibilities.

Selection Process:

Acceptance to this program will be based on academic achievements, student involvement, and best fit in order to create valuable volunteer/institution relationships.** Eligible students must have a completed application by the deadline in order to be reviewed for this opportunity. There are no student stipends for this program at this time.

General Information:

Learn more about the required application materials for Providence Research Associates Program at Want to read more about the Providence Research Volunteers learning objectives, then please CLICK HERE.

** Students selected to participate in these programs must attend all mandatory meetings and be dedicated to completing the programs from beginning to end. We will NOT make any exceptions for missed meetings or time off. If a selected student is unable to participate in the program as indicated, then the student will be removed from the program immediately. If you cannot participate during a program's timeline, you should not apply to that program.