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M1 Mentoring Program

UPDATE: Deadline for applications has been extended to March 24, 2017.
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The aim of the M1 Mentoring Program is to develop a cadre of accomplished investigators who will participate in developing an academic environment that elevates mentorship to a discipline with consistently high standards and practices. The program focuses on the recruitment and mentorship of underrepresented students at all stages of the academic pipeline. CICATS provides support to successful research-funded faculty to serve as mentors in the development of the next generation of academic scientists.  Funding covers 25% protected time for faculty.

Each M1 award recipient utilizes program funds to guide and lead the development of their mentees towards becoming academic scientists. The activities focus on promoting the development of these students starting in high school through to junior faculty. CICATS aims to expand the M1 Mentoring Program nationally, using this model to promote pipeline development at other academic institutions.

Each M1 Award recipient will receive $50,000, inclusive of 25% protected time for mentoring individual students, participation in various CICATS-led mentorship initiatives, and training in the mentoring of underrepresented minority students. In addition, $10,000 of each award will provide for student-related activities to enhance their academic growth.


Linda K. Barry, M.D., FACS
Director, M1 Mentoring Program

Program Information


Lana T. Angelo
Program Coordinator, M1 Mentoring Program

The current M1 Mentors selected via a peer review process are: 

delany Elaine Lee Syam-Nukavarapu
Anne M. Delany, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine
UConn Health
Elaine Choung-Hee Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
UConn Storrs
Syam Nukavarapu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic
Surgery, Biomedical Engineering,
Materials Science & Engineering
UConn Health