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Guidance for Prospective Preceptors

Preceptorships

To become a Biophysics Preceptor, please send your current NIH biosketch and a cover letter to the attention of the Program Director, Ishwar Radhakrishnan (i-radhakrishnan@northwestern.edu). A Personal Statement should be included in Section A of the biosketch.  It should address your research and briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you well-suited for a role as a Preceptor on this training program. This can also include statements on your leadership roles, collaborations, and past training record (Example:  I have extensive experience as a research mentor and have served as a primary mentor for X number of predoctoral students and X number of postdoctoral fellows. X number of my mentees have gone on to establish their own research programs in academia and industry, as well as become leaders in other sectors. Some examples include…). The training program accepts applications from prospective preceptors until May 31. The MBTP Steering Committee will evaluate applications after this deadline and make appointments that start July 1, coincident with the start of the grant year.

In the cover letter, prospective preceptors must describe why they would be a good fit for the program, i.e. they must describe their commitment to graduate training and specifically, their commitment to training the next generation of molecular biophysicists. Providing graduate training opportunities in molecular biophysics research and attendance at MBTP-sponsored activities (which are open to all) are examples that demonstrate such commitment.

Preceptor Expectations: 
Preceptor Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: 

In order for mentors to continue to receive a second year of support for a trainee in their lab, the mentor (or the primary mentor in the case of jointly mentored students) must undertake at least one of the following activities:

  1. Invite and host a seminar speaker from an underrepresented background for the Biophysics Seminar series. 
  2. Recruit students at one of the national meetings ABRCMS, SACNAS, or oSTEM (all allowable expenses paid by MBTP).  Given the pandemic, it may not be possible to undertake recruiting visits that involve domestic travel, unless remote options become available.
  3. Undertake a recruiting trip to a campus serving predominantly underrepresented students (all allowable expenses paid by MBTP).  Given the pandemic, it may not be possible to undertake recruiting visits that involve domestic travel, unless remote options become available.  The program will arrange trips to local institutions.
  4. Host and mentor an undergraduate student from underrepresented backgrounds for a summer internship (henceforth, all mentors receiving support for their students will be automatically registered to accept students from the SROP and CURE programs).  Mentoring underrepresented students from NU would also count towards this obligation.

 

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