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CFAR Mentoring Program


Paul Peters, Jennel Vincent, Paul Clapham, Stuart Levitz in the Clapham Lab

Mentoring of junior faculty and new CFAR investigators is a major priority for the CFAR Developmental Core. The UMass CFAR Developmental Core’s mentoring program seeks to facilitate innovative research projects by
• building an interactive community of investigators at all levels
• recruiting investigators to new topics in HIV
• mentoring junior faculty and postdoctoral scholars
• training researchers and graduate students
Junior faculty researchers pursuing research in HIV/AIDS related topics may apply for or be suggested for offered mentorship in research, grants, and career development via interactions with an established faculty mentor, someone with proven success, knowledge in the research area(s) of interest, and complementary to the home department or laboratory. The goals of these interactions are to reinforce and strengthen new investigators and new ideas, helping investigators gain the skills to obtain lasting funding and to start up significant research programs.

To inquire about mentorship, contact one of the Developmental Core Leaders, Paul Clapham, Ph.D. or Stuart Levitz, M.D.  Prepare to present information regarding your long-term research goals, your research objectives, and your experience.  Mentors are selected by the mentee in consultation with Drs. Clapham and Levitz.

It is highly recommended that all qualified applicants for CFAR developmental awards take advantage of this program.  The Developmental Core leaders are available to discuss applications for funding and to provide career advice.

All CFAR researchers are encouraged to exploit the full range of faculty development programs at UMass Chan, especially the Junior Faculty Development Program, which offers comprehensive professional training covering topics such as writing and submitting grants, writing papers, and promotion and tenure.