How to Apply

Online Application is Now Open.  The Deadline to Submit is February 2, 2015. Note: The Deadline for those who have already started an application has been extended to Sunday February 8, 2015. 

Minimum Requirements

Acceptance criteria for the LMH training program include:

  • 3.0 GPA or better

  • Research career orientation

  • Excellent Spanish language oral and written skills

  • Background in statistics

  • Undergraduates with junior or senior class standing for 2014-2015 academic year, post-baccalaureate/master level degree students, and pre-doctoral level students. 

  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national (generally persons born in outlying possessions of the U.S.), or a permanent resident (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status)

  • From a health disparity population, specifically, African American, Asian American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or other relevant groups


Application Procedure

Prospective trainees should complete the on-line application form.

  • Program application

  • Statement of purpose, describing rationale for applying to the program, long-term professional goals, and specific research interests. Statement should be no more than 1,250 words (approximately 2 single-spaced Word pages) in 12 point Times New Roman font.

  • Curriculum vitae/resume


To be submitted electronically (preferred) or via post mail

  • Transcript from college(s) attended (official or unofficial) 

  • Two letters of recommendation (recommendation form)

    • From two faculty members who can speak about your aptitude and experience. Letters from faculty who carry out research in the sciences is preferable.

Please submit your transcript and letters of recommendation only after you have filled-up the on-line application form. We recommend that you use the checklist in preparing your application materials.

*  Submit all electronic transcript and letters of recommendation to Faculty recommendation writers can submit letters directly to the Program Assistant's email address. Submit all paper transcript and letters of recommendation in one envelope to Eleanor Race-Moore, MHIRT Program Assistant.


Selection Process

Applicants with the greatest research potential and the best match for the available research training will be selected for a phone interview, where applicants’ motivation to carry out research and Spanish language skills will be assessed.  Questions that arise from the application will also be addressed.

Applicant selection decisions will be finalized by March 2015. For more information regarding selection, please see the program non-acceptance letter.

  • Dr. Steven R. Lopez, Ph.D.
  • University of Southern California
  • Dornsife College, Psychology Department
  • 3620 McClintock Avenue, SGM 501
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061