Bethesda, MD–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 29, 2006–The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Intramural Research (DIR), is seeking applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program. INRO, currently in its fifth year, is a 5-day exploratory program for underrepresented minority students (i.e., American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, blacks or African Americans, and Hispanics or Latinos) who are interested in research careers in the areas of allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases.
The INRO program will be held February 4–8, 2007, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Selected students will learn about the basic and clinical research conducted within the DIR and will meet many of the more than 120 investigators who work in the Maryland and Montana laboratories. These students will also engage in one-on-one interviews with NIAID principal investigators who are seeking to fill both summer and 1- to 2-year research traineeship positions.
Training opportunities include:
–The Summer Internship Program: Successful applicants join one of NIAID’s research laboratories for a minimum of 8 weeks between late May and August, with some date flexibility available.
— Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training: Recent college graduates spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at one of NIAID’s research laboratories, with the possibility of a 1-year extension available. These postbaccalaureate fellows are expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school while participating in the program.
— Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training: Students participate in training opportunities at NIAID’s intramural laboratories and at the NIH research hospital, the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, including training in the basic sciences as well as subspecialty and fellowship training for physicians and dentists.
— The Graduate Partnerships Program: Students spend their first year at the university while taking graduate-level courses. In the second year, students move partially or completely to the NIH campus for their research and continue in higher-level graduate courses, with the following years completely dedicated to research. Affiliation with the home university is maintained throughout the graduate program experience.
— The Year-Off Training Program for Graduate and Medical Students: Students who are enrolled in graduate or medical degree programs receive NIAID research training with permission from their institutions, returning to their degree programs within 1 year.
“We are pleased to again offer the INRO program to support outstanding students who are interested in research careers in the biomedical sciences,” said Dr. Wendy J. Fibison, Associate Director of NIAID’s Office of Training and Special Emphasis Programs. “This program helps the best and brightest science students across the country to move one step closer to their research career goals.”
The INRO program pays expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals. Applicants to this highly competitive program should be undergraduate juniors or seniors interested in postbaccalaureate biomedical research, doctoral candidates seeking a postdoctoral training position, and first-year medical students contemplating a year-off research position. Applicants also should be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents who belong to a minority population that is underrepresented in the sciences. Only students with strong academic standing will be considered.
Telephone inquiries may be directed to NIAID at 301-496-6400. Visit the NIAID Web site at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/labs/training/inro to apply for the program or to obtain more information. Completed applications must be received by October 15, 2006.