The study of blood disorders using interdisciplinary functional and translational genomics approaches has become a standard approach, now that we are well into the human genome era. This innovative, all-expense-paid training program will foster a unique learning environment to hone grant-writing skills and provide mentees access to cutting-edge techniques. Junior faculty mentees will learn to conduct competitive bench research and strategies for academic advancement. Mentees will also participate in a peer-mentoring network to facilitate scientific collaboration, professional development and social support.
The Augusta University-PRIDE institutes will be held each summer of a 2-year program (See PRIDE Curriculum). Travel to the mentor's laboratory during the first winter will also be supported to promote research collaboration, grant preparation and career planning. The third major component of the program will involve an annual workshop in Bethesda, MD during the first year to promote networking and research collaborations. Mentees will be required to gain approval from the Department Chair for the protected time to complete all components of the PRIDE program.
The following expenses will be covered by the PRIDE program:
Housing: Will be provided in a nearby hotel. Mentees with disabilities will be accommodated based on their needs.
Meals: Per diem will be awarded to each participant for meals during the 2-week institute.
Transportation: Will be provided for the two summer institutes, mid-winter mentor visit and networking meeting in Bethesda, MD to cover airfare for all trainees and ground transportation to and from the airport. If a mentee wishes to drive to the Summer Institute, arrangements for parking and mileage reimbursement will be made.