Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)


Qualifications for Selection

The primary qualifications for this program include current enrollment in a biomedical PhD program at UIC, successful completion of PhD qualifying exams, selection of a primary dissertation mentor, individual funding by a NIH T32 or NRSA F30/F31 mechanism, and an interest in pursuing clinical/translational research. Applicants must also have a completed proposal for a suitable dissertation project, and must have a preliminary dissertation committee composed of both basic and clinical/translational scientists. A preference will be given to students that have a thesis topic that involves human subjects, human materials, infrastructure related to human subject investigation, or disease mechanisms with clear, near-term implications for therapeutics or prevention.

To be eligible for the CCTS Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research Program, applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551, or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for admission. In addition, trainees must be able to commit full-time effort to their research.

UIC is dedicated to increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. This includes underrepresented racial, ethnic, social, cultural, economic, or educational backgrounds that may have inhibited an individual’s ability to pursue a career in clinical and translational research up to this point. UIC acknowledges that diversifying the student and faculty bodies improves the quality of the training and educational environment.

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Contact Information

For questions regarding the CCTS Supplemental Pre-doctoral Support for Translational Research Program, please contact one of the following:

Larry Tobacman
Phone:  (312) 413-9688

Jack Zwanziger
Phone:  (312) 996-1062

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Susan Lynch
Phone:  (312) 413-5429

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