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Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science for Doctoral Students in the Health Sciences

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Mentored Research

Students can work with their certificate program advisor to help facilitate the selection of their PhD mentoring team as they identify their major advisor and their translational research project. If a student is largely doing basic research, the research should have future implications for translation to clinical research or to health care practice.

Advisors and Mentors

A trainee's advisor for the certificate program is an Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) faculty member who is knowledgeable about the program coursework and requirements. A trainee's mentor is an investigator who is from the trainee's department, is performing research in the content area of the trainee, and is identified by the trainee as his or her research mentor.


Faculty at the ICRE serve as advisors to trainees who are pursuing the certificate. An advisor is assigned to each trainee when the trainee is admitted to the certificate program. The advisor and trainee are expected to meet at least once a term to plan the courses for each semester. Additional meetings are anticipated as the trainee progresses through the program.


The literature is unanimous in acknowledging the importance of mentors in helping junior investigators develop successful research careers, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and achieve greater career satisfaction.

Each trainee has a mentor who is an investigator in the same research area, ideally the PhD mentor or dissertation chair.

To ensure that the trainee and his or her mentor have clear mutual understandings concerning their roles, responsibilities, and educational goals, the program requires that they work together to develop an agreement delineating the following: