Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program

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The Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program is available to underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 4 years) conducting clinical or translational research. It provides $50,000 in research funds, and $2,000 in travel funds over two years.

This program is not currently accepting applications.

Program overview

  • $50,000 research funds and $2,000 travel funds to be expended over 2 years
  • Assistant Professor (in rank ≤ 4 years), primary mentor, and biostatistician
  • Weekly (Wednesdays, 2pm) K Scholar Multidisciplinary Seminar Series with BIRCWH (Women’s Health K12), CHRCDA (Child Health K12) programs, CTSI Pre-K Scholars, and Individual K awardees
  • Individualized educational and training plan

This program is not currently accepting applications. View application information from the previous cycle:

Nature and purpose

The Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program is designed to provide mentorship, oversight, and pilot funds. In addition, it is an opportunity to take courses relevant to an individual’s career development needs. For those without the relevant formal coursework, the newly created Certificate in Clinical Research equivalent or coursework in the MS in Clinical Research will be required. Funds for these courses will be provided by CTSI-Ed in addition to the $52,000 award.

This two-year program aims to place underrepresented in Medicine (URM) junior investigators on the path to be competitive for NIH K awards. This RFA will be issued every year. Success of this program will be judged by the number of scholars who go on to secure NIH K awards (including the intramural KL2) grants in the short term, and subsequently, NIH R01, and R01 equivalent funding in the long term in clinical and translational research.

Current Pre-K scholars

Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD
Primary mentor: Diana Burgess
Additional mentors: Kola Okuyemi, Todd Rockwood, Richard Lee, Jim Hodges
Project title: Health Equity Climate: Survey Development  

Radha Rajasingham, MD

Primary mentor: David Boulware
Additional mentor: John Connett and Kathy Huppler-Hullsiek
Project title: Integration of Cryptococcal Antigen Screening into routine HIV care in Uganda


Scott Reule, MD

Primary mentor: Robert Foley
Additional mentors: Areef Ishani, David Gilbertson
Project title: Outcomes and Risk Prediction After Provider Switch


Erica Schorr, PhD, BSBA, RN

Primary mentor: Ruth Lindquist 
Additional mentor: David Vock
Project title: Utilizing Wearable Technology to Monitor Physical Activity and Sleep After Coronary Revascularization 


Michael Usher, MD, PhD

Primary mentor: Anne Joseph
Additional mentor: Weihua Guan
Project title: Health Outcomes of Inter-hospital Transfers: Improving Health Care Delivery at the Local and National Level


Beshay Zordoky, PhD

Primary mentor: Pamala Jacobson
Additional mentor: Haitao Chu
Project title: Preclinical Model of Juvenile Doxorubicin-induced Cardiotoxicity

Former Pre-K scholars

Naomi Duke, MD, MPH

Primary mentor: Michael Resnick
Additional mentor: Barbara McMorris
Project title: Identifying Mechanisms for Health Disparities: Exploring the Impact of Youth Survival Expectations on Future Health


Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MS, PT 

Primary mentor: Kelvin Lim 
Additional mentor: Lei Zheng
Project title: Safety of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Pediatric Hemiparesisurrent Stimulation in Pediatric Hempiaresis 


Guatam Jha, MBBS, MS

Primary mentor: Jeffrey Miller 
Additional mentor: Bardinath Konety, Bevan Yueh, and Chap Le
Project title: Potentiation of Cetuximab by Tregs Depletion With Metronomic Cyclophosphamide in Metastatic Squamous Cell Cancers of Head and Neck


Anne Marie Leuck, MD

Primary mentor: Gary Dunny
Additional mentor: Wiehua Guan
Project title: The role of rifampin in treatment of left ventricular assist device driveline functions


Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH

Primary mentor: Patricia Frazier
Additional mentor: Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
Project title: Development of Online Intervention for Distressed Voice-Disordered Patients


Rebecca Shlafer, PhD (current CTSI KL2 Scholar)

Primary mentor: Michael Resnick
Additional mentor: Wendy Hellerstedt
Project title: Nutritional Status and Unmet Needs among Incarcerated Women of Reproductive Age


Lucie Turcotte, MD

Primary mentor: Mike Verneris
Additional mentor: Xianghua Luo
Project title: The Role of the Immune System in Development of Cardiometabolic Syndrome Among Survivors of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation


Byron Vaughn, MD

Primary mentor: Alexander Khoruts
Additional mentor: Kyle Rudser
Project title: A Pilot Study to Characterize Bile Acid Metabolism and Dysbiosis in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Contact us

ctsieduc@umn.edu
612-626-1566

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