Career Development Program
The goal of the Career Development Program (CDP) is to recruit future leaders in environmental health sciences, to support their development, and to promote training of Center investigators at all career levels. The CDP provides junior investigators with the training, mentoring, resources and opportunities to enhance their careers.
Training and networking opportunities are provided to junior investigators through Center seminars, symposia, research focus groups, workshops, retreats and weekly Center CDP seminar. The CDP seminar is designed to cultivate the careers of junior investigators and address real-time needs for support and guidance. Guest speakers visit the CD seminar to provide valuable training on diverse topics ranging from preparing a promotion dossier or NIH biosketch, complying with human studies ethical requirements, and applying for the NIH Loan Repayment Program. The CD seminar has also been utilized to practice conference presentations, develop grant writing skills and review grant proposals while fostering the optimal use of Center pilot projects, staff support and utilization of the facility cores to collect and analyze preliminary data.
Funding opportunities are available to CDP trainees through the Center Pilot Project Program as well as travel support for Center new and recruited investigators to train and to develop collaborations that provide specific novel expertise or approaches to enhance Center research capabilities.