Career Development

Career development is key to developing a multidisciplinary blend of basic and population science teams that comprise the SCEHSC's model for promoting better understanding of the biological basis of disease in diverse populations.

Program Activities

All components of the Career Development Program advance the following goals: 
• Recruit future leaders in environmental health sciences
• Support and promote training of Center investigators at all levels

Career Development Seminar

Weekly Career Development seminars intend to build the expertise and record of accomplishment leading to research independence for junior investigators.
The seminar has been exceptionally valuable as not only an avenue for Center leadership and junior investigators to share experiences and successful career development strategies, but also an incubator for the development of novel research questions.

Financial Support

Training Opportunities. The Career Development Program provides travel funds for training (e.g. conferences, short courses).
Research. Investigators are encouraged to submit and receive constructive feedback on competitive proposals for the SCEHSC Pilot Projects Program, among other sources of funding.
Center Supported Investigators.  The SCEHSC partners with the academic leadership at the University of Southern California to recruit and support new and established investigators

Other Enrichment Mechanisms

Networking Opportunities. The SCEHSC seminar series, workshops and symposia, working groups, and retreats help to stimulate new research directions and interdisciplinary collaborations for investigators.
Mentoring Committee. In addition to promoting informal mentoring networks, the Career Development Program requires its junior investigators to identify a formal mentoring committee that will help monitor progress towards developing a cohesive body of research.
Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
2001 North Soto Street, MC 9237
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9013
Supported by NIEHS grant P30ES007048
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