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Graduate students in the Molecular Biology, Biological Chemistry, and Neuroscience Programs are not required to secure independent funding to continue their education.

All PhD students admitted to the Molecular Biology Program and Biological Chemistry Program who remain in good academic standing receive financial support throughout their graduate training.

We encourage eligible students to apply for external funding as part of  their graduate student experience. There are a number of internal National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grants for which students may apply in addition to external NRSAs and fellowships.

NIH Institutional Training Grants​ foster collaborations amongst departments, programs, and strategic initiatives. With this approach, we hope to cultivate a robust training environment for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and to enrich investigator research programs.

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY TRAINING GRANT (T32) 
Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy & Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
Graduate and postdoctoral students

Application Due: Monday, November 9, 2020

All application materials should be submitted to Teresa Upton.

Applications must include the following:

1. The attached Application Summary page, completed.

2. Your curriculum vitae.

3. A short (2-4 pages) carefully thought-out summary of your research project with title. Summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), and what you have accomplished so far. There is a limit of four pages, not including references or figures. Font must be 11 pt Arial with 1 inch margins.

4. One paragraph about your career goals.

5. Postdoctoral applicants should include copies of graduate transcripts.

Submit items 1-5 as a single pdf file no larger than 5 MB to tupton@genetics.utah.edu

6. Request supporting letters from your current faculty advisor and two additional professors who are familiar with your research. We would like your references to comment on your current aptitude for science and your future promise for biological research. Rank scores are helpful (for example “top 5% of postdocs in the department who I have known”).

Letters should also be sent electronically to tupton@genetics.utah.edu

Training grant policies you should be aware of are:

a) The primary criteria for selection will be: (1) scientific excellence and (2) explicitly stated relevance of the proposed research to the general field of developmental biology.

b) Postdoctoral trainees are supported for a maximum of two years.

c) Pre-doctoral trainees are supported for a maximum of three years.

d) NIH requires that all trainees be a U.S. citizen, U.S. noncitizen national or a permanent resident of the U.S.

e) Pre-doctoral students must be residents of the State of Utah and eligible for in-state tuition, and must take a Developmental Biology course during their training period.

f) Pre-doctoral trainees must have passed their Capstone exams before applying.

g) All trainees are required to participate in the Developmental Biology Discussion Group, where they will present their research, and the annual retreat. For further information, please see our website: http://www.dbtg.utah.edu/

 

IMMUNOLOGY TRAINING GRANT (ITG)
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAINING IN CANCER, CAREGIVING & END-OF-LIFE CARE (T32)
Kathleen Mooney
Distinguished Professor, College Of Nursing
Louis S. Peery and Janet B. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair in Nursing, College Of Nursing
Interim Senior Director of Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Co-Leader Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute

4 graduate student and 4 postdoctoral slots for support

Predoctoral Training
 
Submit the following as a single PDF document to Lica Strasner
 
  • Cover Page with your name, address, email, and phone number
  • CV
  • Research statement related to cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care. You are limited to 3 pages to
    • describe your career goals
    • identify a potential mentor(s) and provide a rationale for your selection
    • identify goals for the training period and how they match with the opportunities available
    • provide a brief summary of your research experience and plans for advancing your research program
    • discuss how your focus fits with our training model.
  • Transcripts
  • Academic writing sample
  • Brief summary (one page max) of your years of prior research
Postdoctoral Training
 
Application Due: January 31, 2021
Visit the position posting to upload your materials and apply.
 
  • Cover Page with your name, address, email, and phone number
  • CV
  • Research statement related to cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care. You are limited to three pages to:
    • describe your career goals
    • identify a potential mentor and provide a rationale for your selection
    • identify goals for the training period and how they match with the opportunities available
    • provide a brief summary of your research experience and plans for advancing your research program
    • discuss how your focus fits with our training model
  • Summary (one page max) of your research experience
  • Two letters of reference that address your skills and potential as a nurse scientist in cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care. If you are within five years of completing your dissertation, one reference should be from the chair of your Supervisory Committee

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAINING PROGRAM IN COMPUTATIONAL APPROACHES TO DIABETES AND METABOLISM RESEARCH (T32)
Professor of Biomedical Informatics 
Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Genetics

 

Simon Fisher
Professor of Internal Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry

3 graduate student and 2 postdoctoral slots for support

Application Due: Please contact Barb Saffel

Overview of the Program

The University of Utah Interdisciplinary Training T32 Program in Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Research will cross-train a cadre of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees in the computational and mathematical sciences and in the biological basis of diabetes and obesity. These bioinformatics scientist trainees will gain the expertise and leadership skills to apply computational and mathematical methods to complex biological questions that will ultimately impact the prevention, treatment, and outcomes of people with diabetes and related metabolic diseases.  This training program will consist of a combination of mentored research and career development training, coursework, and extensive interactions with faculty and trainees across campus and beyond. 

 

Trainee positions:

This grant offers 3 pre-doc and 2 postdoc positions.  Trainees may have either a computational or biological background, but must propose to be cross-trained as part of this program.  These slots open periodically.  Please contact Barbara.saffel@utah.edu for application timelines.

 

Program Details:

Each trainee will be required to have at least one computational and one biological mentor to serve as the foundation of their mentoring team.  Computational Mentors can be pulled from the broad fields of Genomics, Clinical Informatics, Big Data Analytics, Mathematical Biology, Data Visualization and Scientific Computing, and Structural Computing. Biological Mentors can be pulled from research themes of Adipose Biology and Insulin Control, Metabolic Mechanisms, and Diabetic Complications and Vascular Biology.  Mentors for this training Program are listed in the tables at the end of this document. Mentors not included in these lists and from different research areas may also be eligible to participate in the program.

 

Application Instructions:

Applications should include the items below. Items 1-6 should be compiled into a single PDF and emailed to Barbara.saffel@utah.edu 

  1. Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Training Grant cover page.
  2. Your curriculum vitae, including the following: a) List of all publications to date; b) Degree(s) earned, including both the month and year earned; c) Research Experience and other Positions, including both the month and year of each start/end date; d) Identify any prior NRSA support. 
  3. A short (2 page) carefully thought out summary of your proposed research project. Summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), preliminary data, and your research goals for your tenure as a Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Trainee on this training grant. There is a limit of 2 pages, including figures, but excluding References. (References may be included as additional pages). Font must be 11pt Arial with 1 inch margins.
  4. Mentorship Plan (1/2 page max). This should be developed in collaboration with both computational and biological mentors. This plan should address the role of each mentor in your mentoring committee and proposed training.
  5. Statement of Career Goals (1/2 page max).
  6. For graduate students - Copies of your academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate.
  7. For graduate students - Copy of the original report of your GRE scores. Please state prior degree, University and GPA.
  8. Two recommendation letters, one from each proposed computational and biological mentor. At least one mentor’s letter should comment on the independence with which the applicant composed the proposal.  Letters of recommendation may be emailed directly to barbara.saffel@utah.edu.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAINING PROGRAM IN METABOLISM (T32)
Simon Fisher
Professor of Internal Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry
 
Professor of Human Genetics

2 graduate student and 2 postdoctoral slots for support

Open to Application: July 1, 2022

Anticipated Application Due: May 1, 2022

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file, sent electronically to Jessica Kieper

1. Cover Page
2. Your curriculum vitae
3. A short (2-4 pages), carefully thought out summary of your proposed research project. Summarize the problem (include some strategic literature references), preliminary data, and your research goals for your tenure as a Graduate Student or Postdoctoral trainee on the training grant. There is a limit of four pages, excluding references and figures. Font must be 11 pt Arial, with 1 inch margins.
4. For graduate students - Copies of your academic transcripts, both undergraduate and graduate.
5. For graduate students - Copy of the original report of your GRE scores. Please state prior degree, University and GPA.
6. Three supporting letters, one from your advisor and two from other faculty members who are familiar with your research.
 

 

2020
  • Christopher Simeone (Human Genetics, Pezzolesi)

 

NEURO-IMMUNOLOGY TRAINING GRANT (T32)
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
 
Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology

2020

  • Erik Hughes (Microbiology & Immunology, Tantin's Lab)
  • Jacob Thompson (Microbiology & Immunology, O'Connell's Lab)

 

TRAINING PROGRAM IN GENETICS (T32)
Associate Professor of Human Genetics
 June Blackburn
  • Diane Hernandez (Human Genetics, Murtaugh's Lab) 
  • Katie Owings (Human Genetics, Chow's Lab) 
  • Macaulie Casey (Human Genetics, Kwan's Lab) 
  • Gabby Fort (Oncological Sciences, Oliver's Lab)
  • Michael Stewart (Biochemistry, Miller's Lab) 
  • Paige Eberle (Human Genetics, Leffler's Lab) 

Alumni

  • Alyssa Litwiller (English) (Biochemistry, Hughes's Lab) 
  • Tom Sasani (Human Genetics, Quinlan's Lab) 
  • Julia Carleton (Oncological Sciences, Gertz's Lab)
  • Eric Bogenschutz (Human Genetics, Kardon's Lab) 
  • Jillian Jafek (Pathology, Tantin's Lab) 

 

Pitch
 
PITCH (PROGRAM FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY TRAINING IN CHEMICAL BIOLOGY) (T32)
Professor of Biochemistry
Director of the Biological Chemistry Program

Application Due: July 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Email application to Amity Mower

  1. Informational Cover Sheet

  2. Your curriculum vitae with description of education and training

  3. A summary of your proposed thesis research project, consisting of the following sections (with recommended lengths, overall 2-page limit): abstract: state your central problem or hypothesis and its big picture significance (1 paragraph) background and significance: provide enough background information to understand the context of your work and why it is important (include relevant literature references) (<1 page) experimental approach: list specific aims (typically 2-3) and the methods you will employ to accomplish them (including your current progress, if any, and alternate approaches) (<1 page) overall impact: how will successful completion of your Aims impact the field? (1 paragraph)

    Your proposal is limited to two pages, including figures and figure legends. This page limit does not include references.

    Use typical NIH formatting (11-point Arial font, single-spaced, and 0.5-inch margins).

    Although the proposal must be written entirely by the student applicant, you are strongly encouraged to incorporate feedback from your thesis mentor and other colleagues.

  4. A 1-page summary of your current career goals, explanation of co-mentor choice, and your interest in participating in PITCH (same formatting). Feel free to include any information that you feel would be useful to the selection committee (e.g., any special challenges you have encountered).

  5. Unofficial copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

    Submit Items 1-5 above as a single pdf file to amity.mower@biochem.utah.edu

  6. Two letters of support - one from your thesis advisor and the other from another faculty member who knows you well (can be your co-mentor). Letters should address the following points:

    How the letter writer knows the applicant:

    Depth of knowledge

    Skill level in the laboratory

    Originality and creativity Interpersonal communication

    Critical thinking and problem solving

    Written and oral communication

    Initiative, motivation, and perseverance

    Students with two thesis mentors should designate one as their primary thesis advisor and may choose the other as their PITCH co-mentor (if their chemistry/biology expertise is complementary).

  7. Signed co-mentor acceptance form (sent from your co-mentor).

Faculty letters/forms are due by noon 7/31 e-mailed directly to amity.mower@biochem.utah.edu

2020

  • Deirdre Mack (Biochemistry, Shen's Lab) 
  • Paul Spaltenstein (Biochemistry, Kay's Lab)
  • Emily Tippetts (Pharmacology and Toxicology, Peterson's Lab)

2019

  • Jaime Sepulveda (Biochemistry, Sigala/Hill's Lab) 

 2018 

  • Helen Donelick (Biochemistry, Bass/Shen's Lab) 
  • Judah Evangelista (Biochemistry, Kay's Lab)

 

TRAINING PROGRAM IN MICROBIAL PATHOGENESIS (T32)
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Director of the Molecular Biology Program

2018 - 2020

  • Amanda Richards (Pathology, Mulvey's Lab) 
  • Steven Denham (Pathology, Brown's Lab) 

2016 - 2018 

  • Clay Carey (Human Genetics, Elde's Lab) 
  • Sarah Whiteside (Pathology, Weis's Lab) 
  • Erin Larragoite (Pathology, Planelles's Lab) 

 

VISION RESEARCH TRAINING GRANT (T32)
Professor of Opthalmology & Visual Sciences
Adjunct Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy and biology 

 

TRAINING PROGRAM IN GENOMIC MEDICINE
Lynn B. Jorde
Professor & Chair Department of Human Genetics 
 
Ashley Kapron
Associate Director 
Senior Vice President of Health Sciences Research Unit 

 

 

ASHG

HUMAN GENETICS SCHOLARS INITIATIVE

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Human Genetics Scholars Initiative, a new program to advance diversity and inclusion in the genetics and genomics workforce. The program will: 
Identify, mentor and help prepare a select group of high-potential, diverse early-career individuals for professional success. 
Develop and sustain a community of researchers across generations commited  to diversity and inclusion, who are willing to foster sustained attention to these issues in their research institutions and training programs. 

Applications for the 2021-23 program will open in May 2021. 

For more information please click here.

 

PILOT AND FEASIBILITY AWARD FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH—WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY DIABETES RESEARCH CENTER COLLABORATION

Grants of up to $40,000 (direct costs) for one year will be awarded.

Qualifications:

  • New faculty members involved in diabetes-related research who have not yet obtained independent funding. Applications from these individuals are most likely to be supported by this mechanism.
  • Established investigators not involved in diabetes-related research who propose feasibility studies related to diabetes.
  • Established investigators involved in diabetes-related research who propose feasibility studies clearly not related to previously supported research.

If you are interested in applying, please reach out to Dr. Simon Fisher at simon.fisher@u2m2.utah.edu

 

 

Last Updated: 11/3/20