photo of a group of SOAR scholars with purple graduation sashes; SOAR logo; group photo of SOAR scholars dressed in professional attire


Welcome to SOAR

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 grounded in feminist, intersectional theory and praxis.

The program aims to support students in the completion of their undergraduate degree and prepare them for doctoral-level graduate education and eventual research careers in HIV-related behavioral and social science research (BSSR), with a preferred focus on HIV prevention and treatment within sexual and gender minority communities.

SOAR students complete a mentored research experience with a faculty researcher for a minimum of one academic year, a spring graduate school preparation program, a summer mentored research experience or internship, two required seminar courses for academic credit (one each year), and receive holistic mentoring and support both during and after their formal participation in the program.

In addition, SOAR students present their research findings each year at an annual research symposium, disseminate their research findings through additional academic and community channels, and submit applications for admission into graduate school.

Learn more about the program activities and benefits, mentors, and scholars, or join our email list for updates about SOAR activities and opportunities.

SOAR is funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, National Institutes of Health (1R25MH126703-01).

The program is administered by the University of Michigan's 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.

SOAR Sponsors & Partners

Logos: National Institute of Mental Health and National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

University of Michigan Block M Logo on the left. On the right is a list of schools and colleges: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, College of Literature Science, and the Arts; School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Social Work



photos of SOAR scholars with testimonial text. First picture is Jasmine Mumpfield, with a quote that says I gained a sense of direction and purpose through SOAR. Before it, I was lost as to where my next career step would be, but with the endless amount of support I have further developed what I am passionate about and have been able to make my dreams a reality.' Next is Isabella Bonnewit with a quote that says SOAR makes me feel like I can reach my goals. It has all of the support and resources I could ever need and helps me stay motivated for school. Now I have way more confidence to navigate academia. I've met great mentors and amazing peers in SOAR.