The CLIMB-HI program is a professional development program
designed to mentor PhD students and introduce them to the skills
they will need as professional scientists. It is a 2-year program
that students complete in addition to other graduate program
CLIMB scholars participate in weekly workshops during the first 2 years of their PhD program. These workshops are designed to help students get a successful start to graduate school and eventually secure funding by submitting a training grant. The workshops are led by the CLIMB leadership, but peer-review and mentoring are essential components as well.
Fall Semester 1st Year
This workshop will cover topics to help students transition to
graduate school and develop professional skills that will help them
become successful scientists. Topics include: Adaptation to
learning in grad school, finding a mentor, research rotations, lab
skills, keeping records, searching databases, how to read and
critique a scientific paper.
Spring Semester 1st Year
At these workshops CLIMB scholars will practice peer-reviewing each other’s manuscripts, presentations, reports, abstracts, and will learn how to develop hypothesis driven questions.
Fall & Spring Semester, 2nd Year
This workshop intended to focus on research proposal writing.
Students will be guided through the process of hypothesis-driven
proposal development leading to completion of an NRSA-type research
grant that could be submitted for funding. Students will be
introduced to the grant review process as well as to responding to
manuscript reviews. Fellowship applications will be reviewed at
mock study sections.