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Penn State BIRCWH Scholar Application

Interested applicants must meet in person with the Research Director, Dr. Chuang, prior to submission of the application.

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1. Do you have an earned doctoral degree in a clinical or research discipline?
2. Have you had more than 6 years of post-doctoral research training experience beyond your last doctoral degree?
3. Are you currently, or have you been, a principal investigator (PI) on an NIH R01, R29, or subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, or mentored career development (K-series) grant?
4. Are you a U.S. citizen or admitted for permanent residence/citizenship?
  * Not Eligible for BIRCWH scholar position.



Attach a copy of your current curriculum vitae:

Statement of Professional Goals and Research Interests

Attach a 3-5 page statement with the following 3 sections: (1) academic/research background and career goals, (2) mentoring plan for the BIRCWH period of funding, and  (3) research plan for the BIRCWH project.  The research plan should be relevant to one of the core research areas offered in the PSU-BIRCWH program:

(1) Precursors and consequences of obesity
(2) Reproductive health
(3) Sex and gender issues in health and disease
(4) Cancer prevention, screening and treatment

More specificity in the research plan will assist the committee in assessing your candidacy. The research plan should specify a topic of research related to women’s health or sex/gender differences in health, and should include a clear research question or hypothesis. The research plan also should specify how the research approach will be interdisciplinary.  Identification of at least two BIRCWH mentors in different disciplines will strengthen the application.

The statement should be single-spaced, 1/2-inch margins, and in Arial 11-point font.  Literature citations are not included in the 3-5 page limit.

Signature and CV of Primary Mentor
The designated Primary Mentor must sign and submit the following statement:
"I agree to serve as the Primary Mentor for [name of applicant] for the period of BIRCWH funding."
The designated Primary Mentor must submit a CV showing current research support.

Letter of Support from Applicant’s Department Chair

The Chair of the department of each applicant must submit a brief letter indicating support of the candidate’s application for the position of PSU-BIRCWH scholar and agreement to decrease the candidate’s clinical and/or teaching responsibilities to no more than 25% of total effort (based on a 60-hour work week) during the 2 year period that the candidate will be supported by the BIRCWH program. Please see Prototype Letter of Support as a sample. Upon completion, your Department Chair should email or fax the form to: Cynthia Chuang, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Penn State BIRCWH Research Director. See address below.

The Chair should also indicate that the portion of salary not covered by the BIRCWH program will be covered by the department. The BIRCWH program supports 75% effort (up to $100,000 for salary plus fringe benefits) so that the candidate can devote 75% effort to research training and mentored research. In cases where 75% effort exceeds $100,000, the Chair must ensure that the remaining salary plus fringe will be covered.


Professional References

Provide three professional references, using the Candidate Evaluation Form for Professional Referees. References should include current and past mentors. Please give one blank form to each professional referee. Upon completion, the referee should email or fax the form to: Cynthia Chuang, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Penn State BIRCWH Research Director. See address below.

Send supporting materials to:
Cynthia H. Chuang, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine
Phone: 717-531-8161

Fax: 717-531-7726

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