The CCTS in collaboration with the College of Nursing and the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), will launch the Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities (DREAM) Scholars Program in September, 2018. The program will support the training of exceptional under-represented minority Pre-docs, Post-docs and Assistant Professors who are committed to health equity research. Five Scholars and five Associates will be selected from a competitive application process.       

The Dream Scholars Program will provide access to solid foundation in career development and core human subject's research, with an emphasis on health equity research methods (e.g. Community based participatory research, Dissemination and Implementation). The duration of the program is 2 years.

Dream Scholars and Associates will be required to participate in twice monthly 1.5 hour meetings that will be comprised of research and career development seminars and opportunities to present chalk talks and works in progress. Scholars will be expected to produce scholarly products, such as abstracts, manuscripts and grant submissions. Scholars and Associates will attend an annual 2-day writing retreat.

Eligibility criteria for applicants are as follows:

Members of the Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities (DREAM) Center, from left to right Adebola Adegboyega, a BSN-PhD student from Nigeria; Assistant Professor Ana Linares; Brenda Combs, program director; Assistant Professor Mollie Aleshire; and Associate Professor Jenna Hatcher who also serves as director of  DREAM and the director of diversity and inclusivity.
  • Predoctoral trainees     

  • Postdoctoral trainees

  • Assistant Professor

  • Applicants must be in good standing (academic and/or professional)

  • Priority will be given to applicants who are underrepresented minorities in research

Program benefits include:

  • Up to $5,000 in pilot funding ($2,500 yearly)

  • Up to $3,000 of travel funds

  • Career development meetings/resources

  • 2-day grant writing retreat

Selection Process

Five applicants who display the highest potential for success will be selected as DREAM Scholars. Five applicants with meritorious applications will be selected as DREAM Scholar Associates. The selection will primarily be based on applicant's potential to develop into a successful health equity researcher. The following will be considered: academic qualifications, training background, mentor's record of successful mentoring, applicant's previous research performance record (i.e. graduate research assistantships and accomplishments (manuscripts, abstracts, presentations, honors/awards), and leadership skills as evidenced by previous leadership roles. Following application review, the highly meritorious applicants will be invited for an interview.



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