Experiential Programs for KL2 Scholars

The following experiential programs are available for KL2 Scholars. 

Technology Transfer Fellowships
The Office of Technology Development, located at the College of Medicine on the Hershey Campus, offers a technology transfer fellowship program for Penn State Scholars with an interest in entrepreneurial, commercialization and business development within the biotechnology and healthcare industry. An intensive one-week training session (boot camp) starts off the program by providing the basics of intellectual property protection and licensing strategies. Fellows are exposed to cutting-edge science, including intellectual property evaluations, marketing and commercialization efforts, business strategy development and innovation strategies. Various meetings and networking events provide fellows with invaluable professional career opportunities through exposure to business and community leaders, venture capitalists and angel investors. The program can be tailored to allow short-term participation in the boot camp or an intensive program involving real world exposure. The program is open to Scholars at any campus.

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Time Travel on the Translational Continuum
The Time Travel on the Translational Continuum is a novel, week-long experience for KL2 Scholars to span the steps in translational research in a real world setting. The program is conducted in collaboration with Penn State’s Research Navigator Program and the Research Nurse Initiative. The goal of the program is to assist students understanding of the process, barriers and communication challenges in research translation within a health system. Scholars participating in the program develop a series of questions to ask each of the stakeholders encountered in the experience and their anticipated answers. Scholars will then travel with a medical student into the local health system community to observe the student’s activity as a patient navigator in the innovative Science of Health Systems course. Patient navigation involves identification of barriers to health care and can be a source of research questions. This will be followed by meetings with researchers along the continuum that study disease in pre-clinical models, clinical research and analysis of data sets. Scholars will travel back to the community with a Penn State research nurse to observe community health care delivery. Formal discussion groups, both scholars and preceptors, will be held 3 times weekly for scholars to compare their anticipated answers to those obtained from stakeholders along the continuum. At the completion of the experience, scholars will reflect on how the translational process can be improved.

For more information about the program contact the KL2 Program Directors. 

Jumpstart Your Research Networking
Senior faculty are often looking for junior faculty with shared research interests to participate in writing or speaking opportunities. Likewise, junior faculty are interested in gaining recognition for their work and expanding their network of collaborators. Jumpstart Your Research Networking connects scholars from across Clinical and Translational Science Award Hubs with senior research faculty at Penn State. In conjunction with a concurrent week-long experience at Penn State, scholars will meet with faculty and/or their research team to learn how the senior researcher build and manages a research team. During the experience, scholars present their research, discuss collaborative opportunities and receive feedback on their project.

For more information on the Jumpstart Your Research Networking Program, contact the KL2 Program Directors.