Forums, Lecture Series, Media Participation


21 OCTOBER 2019

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Come learn about various summer research opportunities designed especially for you! Summer research programs are a great way to learn more about research and help you in your application to graduate school.

Students will have the opportunity to earn more by attending one or more of the following sessions:

  • Student Workshop 1: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Student Workshop 2: Writing a Strong Personal Statement
  • Student Workshop 3: Preparing for Your Summer Research Experience
  • Student Workshop 4: Research Process and Abstract Writing
  • Student Workshop 5: Scientific Outreach and Writing Workshop
  • Student workshop 6: Future Public Health Leaders Program Information Session

Students can also visit with representatives from the following programs/services:

Career Services (PVAMU). Career Services prepares students for employment before and after graduation through an internship, co-op, research and full-time opportunities in addition to career readiness seminars.

Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) – University of Michigan.  The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (Michigan FPHLP) is a residential summer program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through field placements, skill building workshops, and mentorship, Michigan FPHLP provides students with opportunities for growth, learning, and awareness in the field of public health. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the diversity of the public health workforce and the people committed to reducing health disparities. Michigan FPHLP students will be housed on the University of Michigan’s campus for 10 weeks to dive deep into the field of public health. Students will participate in curriculum days at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and engage with public health professionals through their field placements.

PVAMU Office of Undergraduate Research. The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is committed to expand and facilitate collaborations for undergraduate research among all disciplines; encourage initiatives to enrich the learning experiences of undergraduates beyond the classroom; facilitate faculty-student mentorship to integrate student research into course curricula and explore the unknown through hands-on experiences; and promote students and faculty research to internally and external audiences.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Texas. The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions.

Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training (SMART) Program. The Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training (SMART) Program brings undergraduate students to the UNT Health Science Center campus to participate in a 10-week biomedical sciences project. Participants become familiar with the varied disciplines and methodologies used in biomedical research. SMART is a program for multicultural students made possible in part by the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The NIH has designated African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans and Mainland Puerto Ricans as underrepresented populations in the sciences. However, through additional funding provided by our corporate partners, the UNT Health Science Center invites applications from all interested students.

Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP).  SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to Ph.D. or MD-PhD programs. SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at 20 research institutions across the country. SR-EIP Participants:

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Universities. The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. The MSU SROP Program provides an opportunity to combine professional development with applied work experience in your career field and is an opportunity for the Michigan State University faculty to evaluate you as a potential graduate student. MSU SROP typically convenes the third weekend of May and ends the last weekend of July.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program. The purpose of the program is to give undergraduate students from any institution who have an interest in pursuing a future career in biomedical research the opportunity to work in a laboratory and perform a research project during the summer. The 10-week program consists of students working closely with Texas A&M University College of Medicine faculty on research projects in basic or clinical science disciplines. Selected participants are matched with a faculty mentor in their area of interest and will assist with a research project gaining insight into the development and implementation of biomedical research. The program also features group activities, including weekly activities in which principles of scientific investigation, ethical aspects of human and animal experimentation, and career development will be discussed. Students will also attend scientific seminars and workshops. Faculty members are located on the College of Medicine campuses in Bryan-College Station and Houston.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a 10-week program that offers hands-on experience in biomedical, translational, or clinical research. Students who have completed at least two years of college-level courses in one or more science programs (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or computer science) and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students who are considering pursuing an advanced degree (Ph.D., M.D. or both) and are interested in the scientific investigation would benefit most from the program.


At town hall, Dallas’ top cop says police can’t stop all crime, urges team effort.

June 22, 2019

Terrence Allen, Research Scientist, in the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center, went to Dallas at the request of State Senator Royce West. He was concerned about the increase in the number of homicides but more specifically the 38 murders reported during the month of May. He was there for 10 days conducting a community assessment. Dr. Allen wanted to meet with members of the community who either resided in or intimately familiar with the areas where the murders occurred.  The visit culminated with a town hall meeting convened by Senator West to discuss solutions, best practices, and next steps where Dr. Allen presented his findings and recommendations for the city to consider moving forward.











Royce West Forum and Lecture Series


2019 Spring Series: “Building Youth Civic Capacity: Reversing the Condemnation of Blackness and Brown-ness.”

Annual Royce West Forum featured Dr. Khalil Gibran Mohammad

Thursday April 4, 2019 the Texas Juvenile Center Prevention in collaboration with the President’s Office hosted the Annual Royce West Forum and Lecture Series. The keynote speaker was Harvard Historian Dr. Khalil Gibran Mohammad on “Building Youth Capacity: Reversing the Condemnation of Blackness and Brown –ness”. Moderated by Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M, Dr. Melayne Price, panelists Emmet Campos, of Project MALES,  University of Texas, Austin and Abdul Haleem Muhammad (aka Robert S. Muhammed) of NTE Planning Consultants and Mosque 45 in Houston followed. Senator Royce West, who joined the group electronically, encouraged a careful monitoring of outcomes toward effective change.

2018 Spring Series: “Race, Trust and Police Legitimacy.”

On April 26, 2018, the Royce West Forum and Lecture Series invited guest speakers Honorable Garnet F. Coleman (District 147), Retired Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey (Los Angeles Police Department), Dr. Terrence Allen (University of Texas-Austin), and Dr. Camille Gibson (PVAMU) to address issues drawn from their professional experience, research, and legislature focused on the continuing challenging issue of race and policing in the country. The panel was moderated by the Honorable Yvonne Williams (Travis County Precinct 1) with remarks by Dr. Tamara L. Brown (Dean of the College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology and Executive Director of the Center) and the Honorable Royce West.


Dr. Derek Wilson on KHOU Channel 11 on the fatal shooting in Baytown of Pamela Turner:

Recent juvenile justice graduate, Dr. Sherri Simmons-Horton on KBXX, 97.9 The Box advocating child and adolescent adoptions:

The Gavel Series

Join us for FREE community based legal education classes. Classes are held in the Don K. Clark Building, from 8:00 AM until noon. For more information, please contact us at (936) 261-5211.

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