Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the Research Scholar Program (RSP)?
The annual All of Us Research Scholar Program (RSP) offers student researchers the opportunity to work with mentors on a research project that uses the All of Us Data Browser or Researcher Workbench. The program supports students from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. The eight-month program provides students with professional development opportunities, hands-on experience conducting health research, and the opportunity to participate in the All of Us Researchers Convention.


What are some of the areas of research and professional skill development that will be addressed in RSP?
Research scholars can expect to develop many skills through their research project and training opportunities, including:

  • Presenting and publishing research
  • Networking
  • Grant writing
  • CV development
  • Data management
  • Time management
  • Mental health and well-being


What is the All of Us Data Browser?
The Data Browser provides an interactive preview of All of Us Research Program data. It currently includes survey responses, physical measurements, data from electronic health records and wearables, and genomic data. 

To protect participant privacy, All of Us has removed personal identifiers, rounded aggregate data to counts of 20, and only included summary demographic information. Individual-level data are available for analysis in the Researcher Workbench


What is the All of Us Researcher Workbench?
The Researcher Workbench is a secure, cloud-based platform that houses All of Us data. The platform is available only to researchers whose institutions have signed a Data Use and Registration Agreement (DURA). 

Academic, not-for-profit, and health care institutions can enter into a DURA. Visit the Research Hub to confirm if your institution has a DURA in place.

RSP staff can work with you to get a DURA if needed. 


What is the All of Us Researchers Convention?
The All of Us Researchers Convention provides an opportunity for researchers using the All of Us Research Program data and tools to showcase their work with their colleagues, community, and others who share their passion for advancing precision medicine. The free, virtual convention is held annually at the end of March/early April. 

Students

Who can be a research scholar?
Students must be enrolled as high school, undergraduate, graduate, or professional (medical, dental, etc.) degree students for the 2023-2024 academic year in the United States and be available to participate in the RSP regularly from September 2023 through April 2024.

All of Us has an interest in increasing the diversity of our biomedical research workforce. The program encourages researchers who identify as belonging to one or more groups or communities that are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce to apply as students or mentors. Groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce, as described in NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031), include racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in the health-related sciences on a national basis. Additional groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce include LGBTQIA+ and sexual and gender minority individuals, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.


What are the requirements for students?
Students must meet regularly with their mentors during the eight-month program. Students and mentors will determine how often and when they meet. During the program, students must design a research project, write an abstract, and create a scientific poster. Students will share their posters during the final RSP presentation session. They may also have the opportunity to present their posters at the All of Us Researchers Convention. 

Students are also required to attend several professional development workshops, a presentation practice session, the final RSP presentation session, and the All of Us Researchers Convention.

Review the student expectations document for dates and other details. 

 

Will I receive a stipend or research support? 

  • High school students will receive a stipend of $275 in two payments of $137.50
  • Undergraduate students will receive a stipend of $375 in two payments of $187.50
  • Graduate, professional, and medical school students will receive a stipend of $600 in two payments of $300
  • The first payment will be made on March 1, 2024 and the second payment will be on April 12, 2024

RSP does not provide any additional research support. Mentors and/or students may seek support from their institution(s) for the RSP research project. 

 

What are the requirements for the research project? 
For their research project, students will: 

  • Develop a research question 
  • Conduct a research project 
  • Submit an abstract
  • Create a poster presentation 
  • Present their work at the RSP presentation session

Students with outstanding presentations will have an opportunity to present at the All of Us Researchers Convention. 

 

Are there any requirements for the poster presentation? 
Students are required to use the RSP poster presentation template for their final oral presentation. Select students will also present their posters during the virtual All of Us Researchers Convention with the provided slide template.

 

How will I be paired with a mentor?
Mentors will be paired with up to two students. If a student already has a mentor who also applies, the student will be put with their preferred mentor. Students without a mentor already selected will be paired with a mentor based on aligned research interests.

 

Am I required to complete a research paper during this program?
No, students are not required to write a paper for the program. Students who choose to write a paper may use it to complete requirements for a course that they are taking outside of the RSP, as long as that is consistent with their course syllabus. Participation in this event does not require students to publish research.

Mentors

Who can be a mentor?
Mentors should have at least a bachelor’s degree in the biomedical sciences or a related field, with preference for an advanced degree (M.S., M.D., Ph.D., etc.), have experience conducting and presenting research, and be available to support two students from September 2023 through April 2024.

All of Us has an interest in increasing the diversity of our biomedical research workforce. The program encourages researchers who identify as belonging to one or more groups or communities that are underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce to apply as students or mentors. Groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce, as described in NIH’s Notice of Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031), include racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in the health-related sciences on a national basis. Additional groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce include LGBTQIA+ and sexual and gender minority individuals, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

What are the requirements for mentors?
Mentors guide students through a research project using All of Us data. During the eight-month program, mentors must participate in regular check-in meetings. Mentors and students will determine how often and when check-in meetings are held. 

Mentors must also attend several professional development workshops, the presentation practice session, the RSP presentation session, and the All of Us Researchers Convention. 

Review the mentor expectations document for dates and other details. 

 

Will I receive a stipend or research support? 

Mentors will receive a stipend of $1,200 in two payments of $600 each on March 1 and April 12.

RSP does not provide any additional research support. Mentors and/or students may seek support from their institution(s) for the RSP research project.