Predoctoral Training in the Pharmacological Sciences

Group photo of current trainees 2017-2018The graduate training program in the pharmacological sciences, which is supported by a T32 training grant from NIH / National Institute of General Medical Sciences (T32 GM067795), emphasizes the education of predoctoral students with research interest broadly related to the pharmacological sciences.  Its goals are to promote the interdisciplinary training of students as well as research collaborations between students and mentors from the following departments and programs.  

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Awards:

Fellowships will be awarded for a maximum of two years to any graduate student working in the laboratory of a faculty member from one of the participating departments/programs listed above.  Awards are made on an annual basis.  Members of the executive committee solicit new applications and renewal applications each spring for competitive evaluation.  The training grant covers years 2 and 3 of the Ph.D. program of graduate students, or years 1 and 2 of the Ph.D. program of M.D./Ph.D. students.  Therefore, first year graduate students are eligible to apply, while M.D./Ph.D. students are eligible to apply during their M2 year.

The thesis proposal should be relevant to the aim of this award, which is to train graduate students in a highly interdisciplinary manner broadly related to the Pharmacological Sciences.  The initial term of the appointment will be for 12 months and under no condition can be less than 9 months.  Reappointment for one additional year is contingent on satisfactory academic performance, compliance with the conditions outlined below, and competitive renewal of our training grant.

Requirements:

All trainees are required to take, or will have taken, the following courses:

  • Principles of Pharmacology (PCOL:5135, 1 sh spring) and Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics (PCOL:5136, 1 sh spring).
  • Advanced Problem Solving in Pharmacological Sciences (PCOL:6250, 1 sh spring & fall, for 2 consecutive years even if alternative funding is obtained during this period). 
  • Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design (PCOL:5204, 1 sh fall).
  • Either one of the following courses, which may be taken in the first or second year of appointment.
    • Science Communication in the Digital Age (RHET:7500, 2 sh spring).
    • Writing a Scientific Proposal (IMMU:6241, 1 sh fall).

Other requirements during the period of support are to:

  • Attend the Pharmacology Workshops (PCOL:6080) on Thursdays 12:30-1:30 and, if announced, the Pharmacology Seminar held on Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 during the academic year (for 2 consecutive years even if alternative funding is obtained during this period).
  • Present a 20-30 minute workshop on your research during the spring semester.
  • Attend and present a poster each spring at Research Week. 
  • Attend and present a poster at the TG-sponsored annual research retreat.
  • Pass the comprehensive examination during or after the second year. 
  • Complete Responsible Conduct of Research training (online CITI and Principles of Scholarly Integrity course).
  • Attend three luncheons each summer during which job placement, science ethics, and other issues relevant to students will be discussed.  Mentors of current trainees are required to attend as well.  

Throughout the Ph.D. training period at the U of Iowa (while no longer supported by the TG), trainees are encouraged to:

  • Attend and present a poster each spring at Research Week.
  • Attend and present a poster and/or short talk at the TG-sponsored annual research retreat.
  • Attend three luncheons each summer during which job placement, science ethics, and other issues relevant to students will be discussed.

Application:

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 academic year.  We anticipate 5 slots will be available.  Earliest start date will be July 1, 2017.  Click HERE for an on-line application.  Alternatively, a PDF of the application can be completed.  PDF iconT32 2017-2018 Predoctoral Fellowship Application.pdf

Deadline to apply is May 22, 2017

Questions should be directed to Dr. Stefan Strack, Training Program Director (319) 384-4439, stefan-strack@uiowa.edu, or Linda Buckner (319) 335-7946, linda-buckner@uiowa.edu