NHSN Mentoring Programs



Above: The Early Stage Career Mentoring group meet at the 2012 NHSN Conference.

The NHSN is dedicated to building networking and mentoring opportunities for early career members to develop a successful career in science. Awardees from the following initiatives are encouraged to participate in the annual NHSN Conference and present their work.

NHSN Early Career Leadership Committee (ECLC)

The ECLC provides valuable resources that not only help early career members with career development but also provide opportunities to meet the challenge of becoming independent and successful researchers. In additional to many other outreach initiatives, the ECLC offers awards to fund pilot projects, and a mentoring conference call program which gives early career members an opportunity to receive mentoring and feedback from senior members of the NHSN. For more information, please contact ECLC Chair, Dr. Luis Natividad at (lnativi@scripps.edu) .

Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute (IRTI)

Established in 2001, the IRTI has flourished to promote the career development of pre-doctoral, postdoctoral and early career clinically-focused scientists interested in conducting research. The focus of this interdisciplinary training program is to offer a continuous support infrastructure for participants to conduct, present, publish and acquire funding. A core activity of the IRTI is the Summer Program, with the overarching theme of translating research into practice. For more information on the IRTI, please e-mail Erika Guerrero-Smith at erikague@usc.edu.

Early Stage Career Mentoring for NIDA Research

Launched in 2011, this mentoring program aims to expand and enhance research training opportunities for early stage faculty investigators. This program complements the IRTI and provides mentoring for early career scientists already employed as faculty or research staff members of institutions that will sponsor their grant applications. Opportunities exist to develop grant applications and career development proposals, as well as support for pilot research and travel to scientific meetings. For information on this program, contact r25@epi.msu.edu.


Above: The Early Stage Career Mentoring group meet at the 2014 NHSN Conference.

Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior

The Ce-PIM provides ongoing mentorship to new investigators who have strong interests in prevention implementation. Ce-PIM will design preconference workshops which will allow new investigators to build additional skills in these areas, collaborate with researchers, communities and service providers around the country, and will also provide competitive funding of research pilot projects. For further information, contact Juan Villamar at juan.villamar@northwestern.edu.