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UCSF IRACDA Mission
Since its inception in 2007, the UCSF IRACDA Scholars Program Mission is to cultivate a diverse group of biomedical scientists to pursue independent research and teaching careeers and to enrich the collaborative relationship between UCSF and SFSU in research, training, and mentoring.
Our Scholars train with UCSF faculty Research Mentors and take advantage UCSF's state-of-the-art research facilities, and learn pedagogy under the mentorship of San Francisco State's masterful Teaching Mentors. IRACDA Scholars share their passion for developing future scientists by mentoring SFSU students in the lab and presenting seminars at SFSU.
The UCSF IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) Program is a K12 grant sponsored by the NIH/NIGMS. The IRACDA Program is a 4-year career development opportunity providing salary support for each Scholar in Years 1-3, and aditional budget for supplies and travel throughout all four years in the program.
In the Scholar's first year, the Scholar will establish their research in the lab and hone their research techniques, and begin their partnership with SFSU by participating in an orientation and teaching workshop at the partner campus. In the second year, Scholars work alongside their SFSU Teaching Mentor to audit lectures, and teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses designed with our Scholars' interests and career goals in mind. In the third year, Scholars identify extramural funding opportunities and apply. Thus, by the fourth year, the Scholar has obtained extramural (or faculty-sponsored) funding to continue postdoctoral training or begin the search for a faculty position.