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TRAINING

The HEALTH-FAST Program is designed to position trainees to develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to conduct research on reducing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) health disparities. The purpose of the program is to build capacity for independent research in careers in the substance abuse sciences that specifically focus on the disproportionate burden of use and addiction in racial and ethnic minority populations that subsequently confer disparities in chronic diseases within these marginalized and underserved communities. 

HEALTH-FAST Graduate Scholars

 

What do they do?

Graduate Scholars participate in thematic coursework and ATOD seminars, professional development sessions, as well as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Scholars also present their work for feedback from peers, content experts, and community stakeholders. HEALTH-FAST scholars get early exposure to the advantages of transdisciplinary science and participate in guided reflection activities to better understand how team science can be a mechanism for innovation and rapid translation of cutting-edge science.

HEALTH-FAST Graduate Scholars are matched with a UH faculty mentor who provides hands-on research experiences and opportunities for meaningful contribution to the research. Mentors work with scholars to develop a project based on their mutual interests and guide scholars in activities such as developing research questions and proposals, synthesizing current knowledge and research, determining appropriate research methods and statistical analyses, and presenting and publishing findings.

The breadth and depth of research responsibilities and activities are guided by the trainee’s pre-training self-assessment, Individual Development Plans, and research opportunities available in the mentor’s laboratory. In general, Graduate Scholars are expected to dedicate about 15 hours a week in supervised research activities with their primary faculty mentor (leaving about 5 hours for other program elements).

When does it start and what is the format?

The first cohort of HEALTH-FAST Graduate Scholars will start their 10 month program in the fall of 2021. The summer month of their training entails participation in the HEALTH-FAST Postdoctoral Fellows and Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) virtual summer immersion program for cross-level learning. We can accept up to 4 Graduate Scholars in each annual cohort. HEALTH-FAST programming will be largely virtual; however, research mentors may have in-person expectations for research/laboratory work.

Who is eligible and do they get paid?

HEALTH-FAST Graduate Scholars need to be committed to, or actively enrolled in, a full-time in a doctoral degree program in the University of Houston. Trainees will need to have at least 3 years remaining of doctoral education at the time of application. They also must be U.S. Citizens and/or Permanent Residents to qualify. Graduate Scholars are paid a monthly stipend of $1500 for their participation in the program.

Newton's Pendulum

HEALTH-FAST Postdoctoral Fellows and
Early Stage Investigators (ESIs)

What do they do?

Postdoctoral Trainees and Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) participate in an intensive 1-month virtual summer immersion program. HEALTH-FAST curriculum will have emphasis on ATOD-related health disparities, advanced research methodology, and a diverse focus on various mechanisms and applications within each area (e.g., genetics, epidemiology of substance abuse, treatment development, technology advancements, and implementation science).

The intensive summer program will feature HEALTH-FAST seminars on a specific ATOD to develop in-depth and cutting-edge knowledge in a substance of abuse and its associations with chronic diseases; a Grant Writing Boot Camp to accelerate the development of grant writing skills; and a Mock Grant Review to better understand NIH review processes and considerations.

Following the intensive 1-month virtual summer immersion program, HEALTH-FAST Postdoctoral Fellows and ESIs continue to engage virtually with the program, with periodic mentoring and consultation meetings geared toward submitting a competitive and developmentally appropriate grant application to the NIH.

When does it start and what is the format?

Each year the focus of the 1-month virtual summer immersion program changes to highlight a particular area of ATOD science. This year’s summer program will take place July 26 – August 20, 2021 and is focused on tobacco/nicotine research (including electronic nicotine delivery systems). We can accept up to 4 Postdoctoral Fellows and ESIs combined each summer. All programming in the summer of 2021 is conducted virtually. 

Who is eligible and do they get paid?

HEALTH-FAST Postdoctoral Fellows and ESIs can be affiliated with any university/medical center in the U.S., but must be U.S. Citizens and/or Permanent Residents to qualify. Postdoctoral Fellows and ESIs are paid $4000 for their participation in the program and have access to monies for external grant reviewers.

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Postdoctoral Fellow?

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ESI?

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