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Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP)

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The Current Class of the Young Innovative Investigator Program

The Inaugural Class of the Young Innovative Investigator Program

2016 YIIP Information & Orientation Materials

2014 YIIP Information & Orientation Materials


YIIP — 2016 Requests for Application

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).  YIIP recruits underrepresented minorities who are 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.

Conceived in 2009, CICATS focuses on advancing innovative research across all disciplines through collaborative efforts. CICATS has developed initiatives specifically related to health disparities; educating, training and mentoring students and faculty who are interested in research and medicine; and regenerative engineering. CICATS strives to increase the number of innovative clinical and translational research projects and move discoveries into the community quickly and effectively.

PURPOSE

Since 2013, under the direction of Dr. Linda Barry, the aim of YIIP is to provide academic training at UConn to underrepresented minorities who are 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 and increasing diversity among the pool of academic scientists. The program provides tools for scholars to conduct research, succeed in an academic environment, and become competitive candidates for medical or graduate school. Scholarships will be available to scholars accepted into the program.

OVERVIEW

YIIP is a one to two year, full-time program for college graduates prepared to complete graduate level coursework and conduct supervised research in biomedical laboratories on the UConn Health campus. The program provides individualized mentorship, academic support, and career guidance. In the first year, the curriculum consists of a minimum of 6 course credits per semester.

This is NOT a post-baccalaureate program. The applicant must be prepared to complete graduate level scientific coursework. Upon successful completion of graduate courses and research, a scholar will obtain a Graduate Certificate of Research Experience in Biomedical Science from UConn. In year two, scholars who meet the academic qualifications and successfully complete the first year may have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Biomedical Science. By successfully fulfilling the program requirements, YIIP Scholars will acquire the expertise necessary to enter a MD, MD-PhD or PhD program.

ELIGIBILITY

All applicants must:

  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.3 science GPA. **Spring 2016 Bachelor degrees accepted.
  • Demonstrate high motivation and potential to become a basic scientist with a goal of attaining a MD, MD-PhD or PhD.
  • Be representative of the following racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health professions and the sciences: Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders who meet all 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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Complete an online application to the UConn Graduate School.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation, at least one from a science instructor. The letters of recommendation should be obtained from individuals with whom you are well acquainted and whose stature as well as expertise enable them to comment in detail on your academic preparedness related to your career aspirations.
  • Submit official score reports for all that apply: SAT (or equivalent), ACT, and MCAT or GRE if already taken. We require reports of all previous standardized tests taken to be submitted with application.
  • Submit a personal statement within the online application following the directions given on the CICATS website. Applicants should describe their background, talents, motivations and other factors that have shaped their career goals in medicine or science.
  • Submit an essay within the online application per instructions provided on the CICATS website. The essay should demonstrate your interest, particularly previous research experience or exposure, in pursuing careers as scientists and/or scholars in the biological and biomedical sciences. Include a statement of how this program will assist you in achieving your career goals.
  • Applicants must also submit an essay containing a five-year future plan that clearly outlines the applicant’s intentions related to academic pursuits and career goals. It should include details on how the applicant will succeed in reaching the stated career goals.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applicants to the Young Innovative Investigator Program must apply online for admission to the Graduate Certificate of Research Experience in Biomedical Science program at UConn Graduate School and should follow the application guidelines and requirements outlined in detail on the YIIP page of the CICATS website. An online application can be found on the UConn Graduate School website.

To qualify for the $75 application fee waiver, promptly contact Charmane Thurmand, Graduate Diversity Officer, at charmane.thurmand@uconn.edu or 860-486-3949 when you begin your online application.

KEY DATES

  • April 25, 2016 – YIIP Application Deadline
  • Early May, 2016 – YIIP Scholars Announced

APPLICATION PROCESS – STEP-BY-STEP

  • Create a user account for the Graduate School online application.
  • When selecting the field of study in the Enrollment section, follow these prompts:
    • Admission requested for: Fall 2016
    • Field of study and degree: Experience in Biomedical Science (Grad Certificate)
    • Concentration: None (Note* the campus field will not populate with the campus options until a valid concentration is entered. “None” is a valid concentration.
    • Campus of intended registration: Farmington
  • Assemble your application materials for the Graduate School
  • Upload digital copies of official transcripts for all collegiate work to date; These must be official copies of your transcripts, but they do not need to be uploaded directly from the registrar of the institutions attended.
  • Residence Affidavit
  • Upload official score reports for all of the following tests taken: SAT (or equivalent), ACT, and/or MCAT or GRE. Due to the changed MCAT format, those scores cannot be uploaded in the fields available at this point. Instead, upload your official MCAT score report in the Miscellaneous Document Upload section of the online application.
  • Personal Statement – Write a one-page essay describing your background, talents, motivations and other factors that have shaped your career goals in medicine or science. (Not to exceed one page, single spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins, no attachments)
  • Upload two essays in the Miscellaneous Document Upload section of the online application.
  • 1. Essay – Write a one-page essay demonstrating your interest, particularly previous research experience or exposure, in pursuing careers as scientists and/or scholars in the biological and biomedical sciences. Include a statement of how this program will assist you in achieving your career goals. (Not to exceed one page, single spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins, no attachments)
  • 2. Essay – Write a one-page essay containing a five-year future plan that clearly outlines the applicant’s intentions related to academic pursuits and career goals. It should include details on how the applicant will succeed in reaching the stated career goals. (Not to exceed one page, single spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins, no attachments)
  • Letters of Recommendation – Provide two letters of recommendation. At least on letter of recommendation must be from a science instructor.
  • How the online recommendation process works:
    • Click the “Recommendation Provider List” button
    • Insert the name and contact information of each recommendation provider
    • The recommendation provider must select “Research Experience in Biomedical Science (Grad Certificate)” from the program drop-down list
    • Once the recommendation provider information is saved, an email will be sent to the online recommendation provider with an access code and instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation
    • When the recommendation provider submits the form to our office it will become a part of your application
    • You can view the status of your online recommendations each time you log into your application account, but you will not have access to the recommendation itself
  • Upload OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS  of all collegiate work completed to date following the online instructions
  • The Admissions Committee will review only completed applications and support materials received by the deadline of April 25, 2016

For additional questions or inquiry, contact Lana Angelo, YIIP Program Coordinator at langelo@uchc.edu or 860-679-7661.


Leadership

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Linda Barry, M.D., FACS
Director, Young Innovative Investigator Program
lbarry@uchc.edu

 

Program Information

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Lana T. Angelo
Program Coordinator, Young Innovative Investigator Program
langelo@uchc.edu
860-679-7661

 

Advisory Committee

Biree Andemariam, M.D.
Linda Barry, M.D.
Caroline Dealy, Ph.D.
Anne Delany, Ph.D.
Kimberly Dodge-Kafka, Ph.D.

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Christopher Heinen, Ph.D.
Victor Hesselbrock, Ph. D.
Anne Kenny, M.D.
Barbara Kream, Ph.D.

Elaine Lee, Ph.D.
Syam Nukavarapu, Ph.D.
Carol Pilbeam, M.D., Ph.D.
Anthony Vella, M.D.
Granville Wrensford, Ph.D.
Trisha Pitter, MS


The Current Class of the Young Innovative Investigator Program

Aundrya Shania Aaliyah Archie
Aundrya Montgomery
Alabama State University
B.S., Biology/Pre-Health
Shania Aponte-Paris
Universidad Adventista de los Antilles
B.S., Biology
Aaliyah Riccardi
University of Connecticut
B.S., Biology
Archibald Agyekum-Yamoah
University of Ghana
B.S., Biology
Southern Connecticut State University
B.S., Biochemistry, Mathematics minor

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The Inaugural Class of the Young Innovative Investigator Program

Melissa-Carr-Reynolds Nilse-Dos-Santos La-Shondra-Ellis Trisha-Kwarko Sandra-Lopez Akilah-Plair
Melissa Carr-Reynolds
Spelman College
B.S., Biology
Research: Determining whether CRISPR can cut the paternal and maternal alleles of SNRPN
Nilse Dos Santos
University of Rhode Island
B.S., Biological Science
Research: Mismatch Repair Protein Interactions on Mismatch-Containing DNA: in vitro analysis
La Shondra Ellis
Oakwood College
B.S., Biology
Research: Mutational Analysis of ZFY in Sporadic Parathyroid Adenomas
Trisha Kwarko
University of Connecticut
B.S., Allied Health Sciences
Research: Regulation of Saa3 by Prostaglandins in Bone Marrow Macrophages
Sandra Lopez
University of Connecticut
B.S., Biological Sciences
Research: The Genetic Control of Limb Regeneration
Akilah Plair
Southern Connecticut State University
B.S., Biochemistry
Research: Protein-Protein Interaction Between AKAP7 and Adenylyl Cyclase

 

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