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Research Education Program

The IRTI on Hispanic Drug Abuse Summer Training Program is the initial core activity of the institute. Selected fellows will attend an 11-day interdisciplinary training, led by NIDA funded scientists. The training includes a series of didactic lectures and discussions, imparting general and specialized knowledge and specific research skills. An equal balance of clinically focused social and behavioral scientists and bio-medical scientists will lead this training. Additionally, fellows can choose one of two intensive workshop series specific to the socio-behavioral or bio-medical areas of Hispanic drug abuse. The summer training program integrates the overarching theme of translational research bringing the social, behavioral, biological and medical sciences to the clinic or to community prevention and service provision.

During the course of the 11-day program, fellows have the opportunity to meet, receive consultation and begin to foster potential mentoring relationships with senior faculty who are experts in the fellows' area of interest. The fellow will be required to develop or refine a research prospectus during the course of the summer training program. This prospectus will take the form of an NIH research application (7 pages) that will be submitted and orally presented to a panel of NIH researchers on the final day of the summer training program.

The IRTI Summer Training Program is held at the University of Southern California. Selected fellows will receive travel to/from Los Angeles, California, lodging, meals and a $500 stipend.


The selected IRTI fellows are expected to make a two year commitment beginning with their participation in the IRTI Summer Training Program. During this two year period, fellows along with their respective mentors are expected to achieve benchmarks of progress including academic career progress, if applicable (i.e. thesis, candidacy, dissertation); scientific publications in peer reviewed journals; scientific presentations at national scientific meetings; and preparation and submission of an NIH application (K awards, F31, F32, R03, R21, or R01) as well as support for diversity supplements and loan repayment program opportunities.