Biomedical Training for Underrepresented Minorities Program

U.S.–Brazil Consortium

Wright State University is accepting applications for summer and fall semester 2015 from graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in participating in a biomedical research apprenticeship program in Brazil.

The Translational Biomedical Training for Underrepresented Minorities Program is a training partnership between schools in the United States and Brazil. The program is led by Khalid Elased, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Wright State University, and Maria Claudia Irigoyen, M.D, Ph.D., from InCor Heart Hospital/University of São Paulo. Other Ohio partners are Central State University and Cuyahoga Community College. In North Carolina, Mark Chappell, Ph.D., leads partners at Winston Salem State University, Wake Forest University and North Carolina Central University. In Brazil the university partners are InCor/University of São Paulo, Mackenzie University, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and Nove de Julho University.

The purpose of the program is to train U.S. students in integrative biology and to strengthen interchange of cultural and scientific values to widen the horizons of participants. Emphasis is on increasing diversity in the sciences by including schools with large minority populations as partners.

A group of two to three students will travel to Brazil for a one-semester program. The U.S. and Brazilian directors will select the school. Students will participate in a research apprenticeship program and strengthen and/or learn Portuguese.

To qualify for this program, you must have:

  • United State citizenship or be a permanent resident of the United States;
  • Status as an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing at one of the U.S. partner schools; and
  • Completed at least one semester of Portuguese language training or have equivalent proficiency (Preferred, however those who have not had the language training will be assessed by the program. Portuguese training will be provided in Brazil.)

Program participants will receive financial support for housing, travel, a passport if necessary, and a visa.  Students will pay tuition at their home institutions and receive credit for the research in Brazil. The fellowship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Brazilian Ministry of Education's Office for Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES).

To apply, send the application form (PDF) to:
Catherine Winslow, Assistant Director
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
207 Health Sciences Bldg.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-2463

Last edited on 09/02/2016.