Training Program Application

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Application deadline is June 19, 2020

Physiological Adaptations to Stress is an NIH- funded (T32) interdisciplinary training program with an emphasis on research questions related to human health and disease. Value-added training in business entrepreneurship, regulatory issues and team dynamics through the Penn State MBA program helps prepare students for emerging academic and nonacademic careers in the biomedical sciences. Faculty trainers are associated with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences through the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Development, and Science. Our program marries research related to human disease with solid business acumen.

NIH T32 Eligibility and Applying

Domestic students who have completed their first year of graduate study are invited to apply. Funding is awarded only to those students who have passed the qualifying exam. However, pre-qualifying exam students will be considered for provisional acceptance on a case-by-case basis. For the 2020 cycle, we cannot consider applications from non-US citizens, but slots will be available in 2021. The award is for two years (so long as adequate progress has been maintained) starting August 1 of each academic year. In addition to providing NIH-level stipend and tuition, this prestigious award provides nominal travel support if presenting at a scientific conference. Only rising 2nd or 3rd year doctoral students can be considered.

NIH T32 Application Process

Students must provide a one to two page CV and a copy of their graduate transcript. A concise description of current research activities form the bulk of the application as follows: the proposed thesis project title, general aims and hypothesis, and clear statement of the student’s role in project development (1 to 2 pages). References (no more than 10) may be included on a separate page and are not included in the page total. A separate statement of future plans (up to 1 page) should specifically address how the student envisions the potential benefits of the training program on career trajectory upon graduation.  A supporting letter from the research mentor is also required. The mentor support letter should include 1) a statement that the mentor supports all required coursework/training program activities, 2) a statement that the mentor will participate in the team teaching of capstone course PHSIO 510 and other aspects of the training program such as RCR training, T32 journal club and attending the annual program retreat, and 3) a statement of how the student’s research project will be supported. Following application review, a face to face interview will be conducted for application finalists. All materials must be submitted as a single PDF, and component parts should be single spaced with ½ inch margins. 

Summary of Application Materials

  • CV (1 to 2 pages) 
  • Graduate transcript
  • Research Description/Student’s Role (1 to 2 pages)
  • Statement of Future Plans/Relation to the Training Program
  • Mentor Letter
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