The Student Opportunities for AIDS/HIV Research (SOAR) Program is a two-year intensive academic and research mentoring experience for juniors and seniors at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
The program aims to prepare students for graduate education and eventual research careers in behavioral and social science research (BSSR) on HIV/AIDS, with a focus on sexual and gender minority communities. Behavioral and social scientists from an array of backgrounds conduct HIV-related research, including those in the fields of public health, nursing, social work, psychology, sociology, anthropology, public policy, political science, economics, women’s and gender studies, global studies, LGBTQ+ studies, and more.
SOAR is funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR). The program is administered out of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, in collaboration with the School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and College of Literature Science & the Arts.
The SOAR Team:
- Gary Harper - Co-Director & Research Director; Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health
- Anna Kirkland - Co-Director & Academic Director; Director, Institute for Research on Women & Gender; Professor of Women's & Gender Studies
- Andrea Bolivar - Education Director; Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies; Faculty Associate of Latina/o Studies Program
- Heidi Bennett - Project Coordinator & Academic Counselor
- Gabriel Johnson - Graduate & Undergraduate Peer Mentor Coordinator; PhD Student, Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health
- Nicole Perry - Administrative Coordinator