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About Winding Path

Winding Path had its world premiere as an official selection at Sundance Film Festival 2024. It was produced by University of Utah Health and Oscar-nominated producer, Robin Honan, and co-directed by award-winning filmmakers, Alex Lazarowich and Ross Kauffman, with an original soundtrack by Samantha Crain. Winding Path is the fourth film in the U of U Health-produced series, New Narratives in Health, designed to bring scientists and artists together to more broadly communicate advances in knowledge.

Winding Path will be available to screen here soon. In the meantime, watch the film below about the Native American Research Internship (NARI) Program.

Meet Jenna Murray

Jenna Murray is an Eastern Shoshone MD, PhD student at University of Utah. She was a graduate of the NARI Program in 2015 and 2016 and now serves as a NARI mentor. Her most formative childhood experiences were spent on her family’s Wind River Indian Reservation ranch where she loved nothing more than helping her grandfather. When her active, 70-year-old Papa suddenly dies of a preventable health issue, Jenna grapples with her dream of a career in tribal health while facing her own mental health crisis.

"Being an urban Indian is really complicated because you have this geographic disconnection from your land and your community."

—Jenna Murray, an Eastern Shoshone MD, PhD student at the U

Support NARI

Stories like Jenna’s would not be possible without support (MCAT prep, conferences, research experience, infrastructure, and leadership development) provided to NARI students and teams. Your generous donation will help us offer more research positions to Native American students interested in careers in medicine.

Explore the NARI Program

Native American people experience significant health disparities. The people who are going to fix these best, are the people who are affected most. 

The Native American Research Internship (NARI) at Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the U supports the education, training, and leadership development of Native Americans who are interested in careers in health care to help figure out how to best solve these disparities.

NARI is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research. The internship is located at the U in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn More About NARI

Group photo of 2023 Native American Research Internship (NARI) Cohorts standing outside
Group picture of 2023 NARI cohorts