Young Innovative Investigator Program

Research Opportunity for Underrepresented Minority Students
The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), a cross university translational institute led by Dr. Cato T. Laurencin and Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Linda Barry, is pleased to announce an exciting research opportunity.

The Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP) provides academic training to underrepresented students dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science with the intent of developing the next generation of innovative biomedical scientists while increasing diversity among the pool of academic scientists. Scholarships are available to students accepted to the program.

About YIIP
YIIP, created in 2013 under the direction of Dr. Linda Barry, is a one to two year, full-time program at UConn for college graduates who are prepared to conduct supervised research in biomedical laboratories on the UConn Health campus in Farmington, Conn. The program also provides students with individualized mentorship, academic support, and career guidance. This is NOT a post-baccalaureate program.

The applicant must be prepared to complete graduate level scientific coursework. Upon successful completion of coursework in year one, students obtain a Graduate Certificate of Research Experience in Biomedical Science from UConn. In year two, students who meet the academic qualifications may have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science degree. By fulfilling the program requirements, YIIP Scholars will acquire the expertise necessary to enter a MD, MD-PhD or PhD program.

Eligibility
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.3 science GPA
Demonstrated high motivation and potential to become a basic scientist with a goal to attain a MD, MD-PhD or PhD
Underrepresented minority students in health professions and the sciences: Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander who meet all the eligibility criteria and have a high probability of fulfilling the social and educational goals of this program
Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
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DEADLINE FOR YIIP APPLICATIONS: APRIL 11, 2016