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Call for Applications: The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR)

28 Jan

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is now accepting applications for the 15th Annual “Careers in Cancer Control Research” Summer Institute set to take place on June 6-10, 2015 at UCSF and June 19-23, 2015 at UCLA. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 13, 2015.

The application packet can be found on the UCSF website http://cancer.ucsf.edu/mtpccr and UCLA websitehttp://www.ph.ucla.edu/mtpccr.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The MTPCCR is a joint program of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller FamilyComprehensive Cancer Center and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health, supported with funding from the National Cancer Institute. The purpose of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is to increase diversity in the field of research and cancer control by encouraging minority students in master’s level health programs as well as master’s trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. However, applicants need not have plans to pursue doctoral training prior to applying to the program.

The training program consists of:

–  A 5-day Summer Institute

–  Paid Internships (optional)

–  Doctoral Application Support Awards (DASA)

Prospective applicants can choose to participate in just the 5 day institute or can also apply for the paid internship program where they will be matched with a researcher for a full or part-time internship based on their interests, background, and experience. Additionally, the program provides continued support for those who want to go into research or doctoral programs – alumni can apply for a DASA grant of up to $2000 to offset the costs of applying to doctoral programs at any point after they have participated in the program.

Am I Eligible?

 

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following:

–  Minority* student in a master’s level health science program or master’s trained professional  (Current students must have completed 1st year of master’s program)

–  Good academic standing (minimum “B” average)

–  Strong verbal, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills

 

* Those communities who experience an excess or unknown burden of cancer and are underrepresented in the field of cancer control.

QUESTIONS?

 

For more information please contact the program director (s) at the location you wish to attend:

UCLA -SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Sherry C. Kidd, M.Ed. and Héctor Acalá, MPH

Phone: 310-794-7314

Email: mtpccr@ph.ucla.edu and hectorapm@ucla.edu

UCSF – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Vanessa Mercado, MPH

Phone: 415-514-9409

Email: Vanessa.Mercado@ucsf.edu

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SAAPHI Abstract Writing Guide

30 Oct

 

Definition

 The writer should think of an abstract as a “marketing document”, in that its primary purpose is to summarize work that has been proposed or completed and capture the reader’s interest. It is a short document, typically comprised of 100 – 500 words that should be written in a concise manner. The components of the abstract will vary according to discipline. Further, a poorly written abstract discourages readers from taking the time to read through the document in its entirety.

There are many types of abstracts, including those used in journal publications, conference abstracts, as well as a prospectus or research proposal. Abstracts in journal publications usually precede the entire text of a peer-reviewed journal. This type of abstract is often readily available and is listed in search databases such as PUBMED, Medline, Ovid, Medscape, etc. Another type of abstract is a conference abstract. This abstract is used to propose paper topics, poster presentations, panel sessions, or oral presentations at a professional conference.

 

Beginning the Writing Process

When responding to a Call for Abstracts or Call for Papers, the writer should initially consider the intended audience and the submission guidelines. The intended audience is likely a review committee that may have to review many submissions and, for this reason, you have to ensure that your abstract will be able to stand out. However, do not forget your secondary audience. The secondary audience consists of those who will attend or are considering attending the conference. You want to be sure that, upon approval, your abstract will be enticing enough for them to join your presentation.

Next, decide upon a Problem Statement that will clearly explain the importance of the proposed research topic. This statement, which may be reflected in the title, should form the basis of the overall abstract and inform the reader of the information in the larger work. The statement should specify what practical, scientific, or theoretical gap your research is fulfilling. In other words, the problem statement should define the scope of the project.

General Components of an Abstract

Always review the specific guidelines of a particular journal or professional organization as abstract components may vary by discipline. The most basic “structured” abstract will likely consist of the following components:

Introduction/Objectives

This section should begin with an opening statement that contains 1 – 2 sentences and clearly explains the overarching purpose of the study, project, or program as well as the specific aims.

 Methodology

Specific models and approaches should be addressed. In addition, the writer should provide an overview of the methods used to gather data, develop and execute a project, or operate a program. In the most simplistic terms, explain what you did and how you did it. Include details about how the data was collected and analyzed.

Results

Concisely summarize your main findings or outcomes. An abstract may include specific data or discuss critical findings in a more general way. Be sure to clearly state what was discovered, learned, or created.

Conclusions

The conclusion should consist of a brief discussion that imparts the significance of the results and discusses what they mean? Describe the implications, including for the problem or topic that was initially identified in the Introduction? Inform the reader as to how the research adds to the body of knowledge on a topic.

Additional headings may include:

  • Background
  • Specific Aims
  • Design
  • Participants
  • Intervention (Method)
  • Interpretation

Again, be sure to check what are specified in the formal Call for Abstracts/Papers.

Additional Tips

 State the topic within the first sentence, no later than the second sentence of the abstract.

  • Limit the length of the title to no more than 12 words (or what is stated in the guidelines).
  • Avoid using the first person “I” or “we” when possible.
  • Write in the past tense.
  • Choose active verbs instead of passive ones (ex: “the study tested” instead of “In the study we tested”).
  • Avoid jargon, trade names, acronyms, abbreviations, & symbols in your abstract, because your explanation of these names will take up valuable room/words.
  • Check your spelling and grammar, and be sure to provide logical connections/transitions between information in the abstract.
  • Review and edit!
  • Identify and include at least 5 key words to accompany the abstract.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

24 Sep

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is designed to provide a comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, D.C.

The program provides an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Exceptional candidates from academic faculties and nonprofit healthcare organizations are encouraged to apply. Applicants may have backgrounds in the disciplines of allied health, biomedical sciences, dentistry, economics or other social sciences, health services organization and administration, medicine, nursing, public health, social and behavioral health, or health law. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Up to six grants of up to $165,000 will be made in 2014. Each fellow will receive up to $94,000 for the Washington stay (September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015) in salary, plus fringe benefits or a fellowship stipend.

The complete call for applications and application instructions are available at the RWJF Web site.

The deadline is November 13, 2013.

For more information: http://www.rwjf.org/cfp/hpf5?cid=XEM_A7545

Harvard School of Public Health is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

20 Aug
The Harvard School of Public Health is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program is designed to increase diversity among individuals who wish to pursue academic careers in public health. Working closely with accomplished faculty mentors, Yerby fellows gain experience and skills in areas critical to success in an academic environment, with an emphasis on research, publication, and grant writing.

Applicants should be members of a minority group that is underrepresented in academic public health; individuals from other backgrounds that would contribute to academic diversity, including those with disabilities, will also be considered. Candidates must have received (or be about to receive) a doctoral degree in a relevant field. Online applications are now being accepted at https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/4917.  The application deadline is November 1, 2013.

This is an excellent opportunity for promising young scholars. We are requesting your help in forwarding this information about the fellowships to appropriate departments and offices within your school or organization, as well as to individual students whom you feel would be strong applicants to the program. More information can be found on our website at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty-affairs/yerby-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 617-432-1018 or cburkot@hsph.harvard.edu.

Many thanks for your help.

All best,
Christina Burkot

Office of Faculty Affairs
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
Phone:  617.432.1047