Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are currently enrolled in a Penn State graduate program with a translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research component. Six to eight training slots will be offered per year, divided between clinical students and students pursuing relevant research doctorates.
The goal of the TL1 program is to select candidates who, with proper career development and clinical and/or translational research training, have potential to become independently funded, successful and ethical clinical investigators. Applicants will be evaluated by the Education and Training Internal Advisory Committee (ETIAC), a group of faculty who are experienced in conducting and mentoring clinical and translational research. Applications will be evaluated with regard to the scientific merit and feasibility of their research proposal, the suitability of the applicant for a career in clinical and translational research, the strengths of their mentors and the maturity of the associated translational research cluster. Decisions will be based on the strength of the application submitted by the prospective trainee, the potential of the applicant, the multidisciplinarity of the training environment, the success and track record of the Lead Mentor and diversity issues.
Applicants will be graded using the NIH scale of 1-9 and discussed by the ETIAC with the final recommendation to accept made by majority vote of the committee. Candidates whose written statements and letters of recommendation indicate overall scholarly excellence, clearly delineated career/research goals, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research, preferably within one of the translational research cluster research areas, are most likely to be successful.
Accepted trainees will meet at least twice a year with the Mentoring and Career Development Advisory Panel (MCDAP) to assess the trainee’s progress.