JaNelle Ricks, DrPH candidate at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been accepted to the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program at Emory University. FIRST provides postdoctoral fellows with both research support and training in teaching methods that are useful to their career development.
This fellowship program combines the faculties of one of the top national research universities and four of the top national minority servicing institutions in the Atlanta metropolitan area with 5.4 million people to increase the quantity and quality of post-doctoral fellows achieving careers in biological/biomedical sciences. The FIRST Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (K12) (IRACDA) is supported by the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at NIGMS, one of the National Institutes of Health, and provides interdisciplinary biomedical research training by a faculty with the expertise to nurture the foundation critical for outstanding postdoctoral research training.
“The mentoring and academic preparation I received at the University of Kentucky has been immensely beneficial and has prepared me for this fellowship,” Ms. Ricks stated. “The opportunity for indispensable training under the guidance and tutelage of the exceptional scholars at Emory would be a privilege and instrumental catalyst to my future success.”
Over the three years of the fellowship, Ms. Ricks post-doctoral research experience will be complemented and integrated with a teaching program which moves from a how to teach course, to classroom technologies, mentorship of undergraduates, laddered teaching experience, course development and production of web-based courses. Program benefits include creation of a cohesive core of postdoctoral fellows and alumni that interact in and out of the laboratory, a voice in the program's development and evaluation, as well as an increase in the overall representation of minority scientists at Emory.