Each Scholar appointed under the K12 award must be assigned a mentor based on the scholar’s research experience, intended project, and need for intensive supervision and support. The mentors should hold senior faculty positions, be supported by NIH or other competitively awarded grants, and be acknowledged experts in the application of new advances in basic science or translational research. Mentors with basic science expertise are most valued. They will make available their laboratory facilities to be utilized by Scholars for research projects that will enhance their knowledge and skills. Mentors must have track records in mentoring and training, and must interact closely with the Scholar in order to develop a career development plan.
Assigned mentors will provide guidance for the development of each Scholar appointed to the program. Mentors are not required to be members of the Department of Pediatrics. Although mentors from collaborating departments may provide needed expertise and resources, the emphasis of the CHRCDA Scholars' scientific projects should be on research relevant to pediatrics and its subspecialties. Mentors must meet all criteria as an NIH R01equivalent funded investigator at the Associate Professor level or above with a demonstrated history of successful past trainees.
Most candidates will have already identified a specific research mentor, but for those who have not, the Recruiting Officer (Jamie Renbarger) and Training Director (David Ingram) will meet to recommend potential mentors and act as a liaison to help applicants find the mentor that best meets their needs.