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CCTS Scholars Program - KL2
Program Director: Dr. Phil Marucha
The CCTS is not currently accepting KL2 Scholars Program Applications. Please check back in Fall 2013 for the next RFA. Please see below for samples of previous successful applications.
For Current Students
This mentored post-doctoral (KL2) training program supports fellows and junior faculty as they transition into careers as independent CT investigators by providing an extended period of protected time for didactic material, multidisciplinary mentoring, and interdisciplinary research experience to enable them to make the transition to independent investigators.
The following Scholars have been or are currently being supported in further developing careers in clinical and translational research.
The 2012 CCTS KL2 Scholar Award recipients:
Dr. Santosh Saraf, College of Medicine
Dr. Ankit Desai, College of Medicine
The 2011 CCTS KL2 Scholar Award recipient:
Dr. Aleeca Bell, College of Nursing
The 2010 CCTS KL2 Scholar Award recipients:
Dr. Claudia Lora, College of Medicine
Dr. Jennifer Layden, College of Medicine
The 2009 CCTS KL2 Scholar Award recipients:
Dr. Edith Nutescu, College of Pharmacy
Dr. Sharmilee Nyenhuis, College of Medicine
The 2008 K12 Scholar Award recipient:
Dr. Barbara McFarlin, College of Nursing
The 2007 K12 Scholar Award recipients:
Dr. Suma Jacob, College of Medicine
Dr. Shane Phillips, College of Applied Health Sciences
Dr. Mary Kapella, College of Nursing
PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT—CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites applications for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) KL2 Scholars Awards to support the research efforts and career development of clinician scientists dedicated to patient-oriented research. Awards will support career development for individuals in clinical disciplines and professions, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, and physical and occupational therapy. The CCTS Scholars Program seeks to develop well-structured and well-recognized career development pathways that lead to the exploration of new approaches in patient-oriented, epidemiological, behavioral, health services, and outcomes research. As a CCTS Scholar, individuals will be provided 75 percent release time by their home departmenthalf of the release time, 37.5 percent, will be funded by the CCTS. The home department must commit themselves to this release time in writing, enabling the trainee to use the time to take relevant courses and conduct research under the CCTS Scholars Program for a period of 2 years; trainees may be considered for a third year of support upon application. In addition, they will receive up to $50,000 ($25,000/year in each of the two years of their appointment) from the CCTS to support their scholarly activities.
Goals of the Scholars Program
The CCTS Scholars Program is intended to accelerate career progression in clinical and translational research of clinicians who have demonstrated a commitment to clinical or translational research. The CCTS Scholars Program will pair Scholars with mentors who will provide appropriate guidance in developing individualized curricula and career plans to help them become national leaders in interdisciplinary clinical and translational research. Guidance will be provided in all aspects of clinical and translational research including developing a research project, competitively garnering external support, developing and managing a research team, and working with interdisciplinary teams/centers.
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 health-related research up to this point. UIC acknowledges that diversifying the student and faculty bodies improves the quality of the training and educational environment. Ideal candidates will have completed the majority of their formal research training and require protected time to develop a specific research project that will lead to an external grant proposal by the end of their first year of the program.
Click here for the MS CTS Research Training/Mentoring guidelines.
Click here for an evaluation form that may be useful in initially discussing expectations with your mentor/mentee, as well as when evaluating the quality of the mentor/mentee relationship.