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Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program

The Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Diversity (CEED) Program is a career development fellowship for minorities who are underrepresented in academic medicine or the health sciences. The goal of CEED is to provide a solid foundation for a successful research career. Our unique program offers a diverse array of skills training, networking, and mentoring to accomplish this goal.

At our monthly meetings, CEED Scholars have an opportunity to present their research projects and receive critiques and encouragement in a collegial and friendly environment. Presentations are complemented by a variety of talks designed expressly for CEED Scholars, including talks on: giving presentations, understanding funding opportunities, setting and meeting realistic goals, developing effective CVs, increasing productivity, networking, negotiating your first job, and more.

CEED Scholars also take part in some essential courses for those in the early stages of career development, including: grant proposal writing, scientific writing, ethics, and the responsible conduct of research, and scientific management and leadership.

These activities are further enriched by a comprehensive program of advising. CEED's Program Directors and its executive committee take an active role in ensuring that all Scholars are making adequate career progress. Each CEED Scholar will be assigned an executive committee member as a career advisor while they are in the program. In addition, CEED's Program Directors will meet once with each of the Scholars and their primary mentors to set personalized goals for the Scholar.

"I just wanted to thank you for being such a great mentor and resource throughout the CEED program! You were so enthusiastic and supportive of our research and future careers, which was incredibly encouraging. Overall, this past year in the CEED program has been a very rewarding experience and I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to be a part of it."

—Former CEED Scholar

Who should apply?

Fellows, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty who are in the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and are from underrepresented populations (individuals from African American, Hispanic, Native/American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Island populations and individuals with disabilities) should consider applying to this program if they meet all of the following criteria: