February 14, 2017 2:15 pm
  • UVa Global Health: HIV Research in Russia

  • Application Deadline: ALL MATERIALS DUE 14 FEBRUARY 2017

    New opportunity for UVa undergraduate and graduate students to participate in global health research related to the Russian Federation for Spring and Summer 2017:

    Cross-grounds faculty have received an invitation from the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to study what research activities in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have occurred over the last decade or are ongoing in the Russian Federation. This project is one of many offered through the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab partnership with U.S. universities to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts.

    Brief outline of this Diplomacy Lab initiative:

    ▪Understand the historical and cultural narratives that led to the current legal and political climate surrounding HIV research in Russia.

    ▪Build a knowledge map of HIV research in Russia based on scientific publications and dissertations defended. Simply put, demonstrate who is studying what, where, and with whom. 

    Format of Final Product:

    ▪We will generate a computer-based knowledge web map that will allow scroll and click functions for in-depth description based on city or geographic region, or based on research topic.


    ▪Engage with diverse faculty with public health, HIV and Russian research backgrounds

    ▪Create a tangible product of immediate value to stakeholders in the US and Russian Federation

    ▪Work with Russian students from Moscow and present research findings to officials and policy makers in the U.S. Embassy Moscow

    Expected Commitment:

    ▪3 hours per week during the Spring semester working in a team of 3-4 students

    ▪20 hours per week during 4-6 weeks in June/ July


    ▪Graduate or Undergraduate from any discipline related to public health/policy or Russian or Eastern European studies

    ▪At least one student with web design experience

    ▪with Russian language fluency prioritized

    Faculty Contact:

    Scott K. Heysell MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and International Health
    Room 1523 MR-6/ Carter Harrison Building
    Phone: 434-243-9064