Six students from historically Black Meharry Medical College in Nashville, are participating in the inaugural Meharry-Yale Summer Research Program. The program was designed by Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to provide Meharry students with research experience and career-advancing networking opportunities. The students are working alongside Yale faculty members and residents, to begin building networks, and deepening their understanding of careers paths in psychiatry, neurosurgery, and neuroscience, which is the inaugural program’s focus. Organizers hope the students will also consider applying for residencies at Yale after they graduate from Meharry Medical College. The Meharry students have completed their first year of medical school and are working on a project designed in tandem with a Yale faculty research mentor. As they participate in cutting-edge research and learn to think like scientists, the students are also working on professional development, community building, and preparation for residencies, learning how to create a CV, write a personal statement, develop resilience, and give an interview, among other skills.