Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Post-Doctoral Program
The Michigan IRACDA program is one of several NIH supported programs that trains post-doctoral fellows for research and teaching careers in academia. The goals of the program are to enhance research skills by providing mentored research experiences while developing teaching skills through assignments that promote the advancement of under-represented minorities. The Michigan IRACDA program operates through the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Molecular & Integrative Physiology. The list of current mentors and fellows can be found under the People menu above.
The aim of the IRACDA program, as explained by NIGMS, is to “develop a diverse group of highly trained scientists to address the nation’s biomedical research needs.” More information about the national program is here.
The overall goal of the University of Michigan IRACDA program “Preparing Future Professors of Engineering and Physiology” is to prepare a new generation of scientist-educators with the skills and experience required to be effective and successful faculty members. At the same time, through interactions with our partner institutions, Henry Ford College and Wayne County Community College District, we hope to inspire a cohort of undergraduate students to pursue science and engineering careers that are vital to both the local and national economies.
The postdoctoral fellows, who specialize in the fields of physiology and biomedical engineering, hone their teaching skills with the help of partner-college faculty mentors over the course of four years. By planning and teaching a course with their teaching mentors, the postdocs gain the necessary preparation to teach and mentor students when they obtain their first faculty jobs.
Meanwhile, the partner-college students receive team-based teaching from the U-M postdoc and the partner college’s faculty member in their science and engineering classes. These interactions provides students the chance to learn about scientific careers directly from a working research scientist, and to apply for summer research experiences working with the postdoctoral fellows at U-M.
A major aim of the program is to address a longstanding lack of diversity in scientific careers. Both colleges in the Michigan partnership have a high percentage of students from backgrounds underrepresented in science. As such, an essential criteria for selecting U-M postdoctoral fellows is a commitment to careers working with such students. (Michigan Medicine Blog)
Who can apply?
- US Citizen or Permanent resident
- Graduate or near graduate of Ph.D. program in Science, Technology. Engineering, or Medicine.
- Interesting in pursuing a career path in Academia.
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