Community of Scholars


The Community of Scholars strives to bring together a diverse and talented group of Scholars to interact, grow and develop into outstanding and independent clinical and translational researchers.  

The Community of Scholars is a collegial body which was formed to provide junior scientists an opportunity to participate regularly, grow academically and broaden their professional network and get involved in community outreach activities.

All members of the Community of Scholars will be termed 'CTSI Scholars'


  • To foster an inclusive environment such that new scholars can successfully adapt to the community
  • To network effectively among scholars and junior scientists
  • To develop meaningful collaborations to accelerate scholars’ research
  • To promote inclusion and diversity at all levels of scholarship
  • To achieve a robust community collaborations focused on mitigating health disparities

Becoming a Member:

  • Open to junior faculty and senior research scientists or physician scientists pursuing clinical and translational biomedical or basic sciences research
  • Appointed by department chair, research dean or residency director
  • Self-nomination
  • CTSI K Scholar

Your Commitment:

  • Participate regularly in Community of Scholar activities
  • Invite and host a national speaker
  • Attendance at the Annual Community of Excellence Scientific Conference

Benefits of Membership:

  • Grow your professional network
  • Invite renowned leaders to speak at the seminar series
  • Travel scholarships to attend the ACTS Translational Science Meeting
  • Travel scholarship to attend a conference in your research area
  • Letter of recommendation for future K grant submissions from the COS Leadership

Members of the Community of Scholars leadership organization develop guidelines, lead and participate in the organization of the events including:

  • Work in Progress Scholar Series: Bi-monthly sessions addressing research topics to enrich scientific, analytic and presentation skills.
  • Dialogues in Discipline (community outreach): Promotes community engagement to reduce health disparities affecting our communities, addresses ways to enhance collaboration, engagement and communication, and improve health care outcomes.
  • CTSI Seminar Speaker Series: Talks by outstanding national leaders and experts in the areas of health disparities and clinical and translational science—including accomplished KL2 Scholar alumni from other CTSA hubs—to discuss health topics through the lens of research, outreach and collaborations.
  • Professional Development Series: Monthly sessions to enhance opportunities to increase knowledge and further develop professional and interpersonal skills with the goal of becoming a successful and independent clinical and translational investigator.
  • Teaching and Mentoring: Participate in research teaching and mentoring of high school, undergraduate, undergraduate summer students and/or MD and PhD students.
  • Outreach: Participate in outreach activities to enhance and promote careers in science among K-12 students.

Community of Scholars Leadership


COS Co-Chairs

  • CTSI K Scholars

COS Coordinator

  • To be appointed