HonorHealth-Barrett Honors College Research Program

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The BHC-HonorHealth Research Program is intended to provide a meaningful biomedical and applied research experience to students considering a career in the health professions and to expose them to the educational and professional opportunities at HonorHealth. This appointment will offer on-going research opportunities as well as serve as a prospect for independent study course credit to students considering a career in pre-health research. 

Please note, in accordance with safety guidelines and precautions, students participating in the fall 2020 may be engaging in a virtual experience. 

 FacultyResearch Interest
Alison C. Essary, DHSc, MHPE, PA-CDr. Essary is the Scrivner Family Director of Research, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (ResQIPS) Program. She is actively engaged in several research projects related to the science of health care delivery, health equity, social determinants of health, and innovative ways to assist patients with complex illness.
Craig Norquist, MDDr. Norquist's areas of interest and research include physician satisfaction, process/quality improvement, social determinants of health, computer decision support, feedback loops, errors in diagnosis, alert fatigue, and effective use of technology.
Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACPDr. Radhakrishnan is the Chief Academic Officer and Designated Institutional Officer at HonorHealth. Dr. Radhakrishnan oversees the system-wide initiatives on social determinants of health and health equity, diversity and inclusion. In addition to leading research projects on these initiatives, her research encompasses artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, and leadership in medicine.

By participating in the program, students will learn to 

  • Demonstrate a scholarly approach to biomedical and health services research projects.
  • Describe the value of a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing challenges in the health care environment.
  • Apply principles of health systems science to research projects across the HonorHealth system. 
  • Develop scholarly products as a result of their work at HonorHealth.  

To be determined on a case-by-case basis, projects may be continued into an honors thesis project. 

The above goals will be accomplished by undertaking the following activities:

  1. A maximum of 2 students will work on a single research project
  2. The student(s) will gather field data and perform data processing while working with a mentor
  3. For the duration of the project, each student will spend approximately 10 hours per week working on their project, including at least one half hour a week with a mentor. The mentor meeting can take place in person or remotely. 

Applicants must be exceptional Arizona State University (ASU) Barrett Honors College students who:

  • Are in third or fourth year in Barrett at ASU during semester of appointment. 
  • Have a grade point average of at least a 3.3 (4.0 scale).
  • Are seeking a major relevant to the desired experience
  • Are considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. 
  • Can devote at least 10 hours per week to the research project at the HonorHealth facilities
  • Can register for HON 498 for 3 credits each semester of appointment
  • Have access to transportation to and from HonorHealth facilities

Additionally, if applicants are planning a thesis, students must have an ASU faculty co-director for the thesis if the HonorHealth investigator does not have an academic affiliation with ASU.

Student Application Process
Eligible students will submit an application packet containing the following:

  1. A personal statement describing their relevant experience, area of research interest, and related coursework; a willingness to learn new skills; and the techniques required to solve a research problem. Additionally, applicants should describe their method of transportation they will utilize to travel to the HonorHealth facilities.
  2. A copy of their transcript (official or unofficial) showing the completion of at least three years of classes
  3. One signed letter of recommendation from a current or previous supervisor or faculty member

Applications will be initially reviewed by Barrett, The Honors College. Eligible applicants will be submitted to HonorHealth for further review and consideration for the program.  

Upon acceptance of their application packet, a student may be asked to:

  1. Complete the required background investigation for volunteering in an HonorHealth facility
  2. Complete the onboarding and orientation program, as required by HonorHealth

Expectations and Objectives 
Participants will be expected to:

  1. Register for the appropriate credits through their associated university
  2. Show up on time and prepared to all agreed-upon hours of research work
  3. Competently complete all research work on time
  4. Be responsive to the assigned mentor, as related to their project
  5. After project completion, fill out an evaluation form with any critical or positive feedback to be used to better the program for future student participants

Mentors will: 

  1. Be available and offer guidance to the student, as related to their project
  2. Ensure student has adequate resources and access to complete their project
  3. Provide an evaluation of the work completed by the student at the end of the project

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed. Information about applying for future semesters will be updated here, on this webpage, and announced in the Honors Digest.


Responsible leaders for this partnership are Alison C. Essary at HonorHealth Academic Affairs - aessary@honorhealth.com and Cassandra Lee Saenz, Internship & Community Engagement Coordinator, Sr., at cassandra.saenz@asu.edu or 480-727-5169.