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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 19, 2003 - Issue 85


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The Center for Disease Control Needs You!!
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by Mike Snesrud - Senior Tribal Liaison for Policy and Evaluation


The Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)

Who is Eligible: Students in health professions, who are under the age of 44 at the time of graduation; meet medical standards; be enrolled in an accredited health professional program; have no obligation to other Uniformed Services or other entities; be a U.S. citizen; be flexible in accepting assignment by sponsoring agencies or programs; have completed at least 1 year of study in medical, dental, or veterinary school; or at least 2 years of study in a professionally-accredited baccalaureate program in one of the following disciplines: dietetics, engineering, medical record administration, physician assistant training, nursing, pharmacy, sanitary science, computer science, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, or therapy (i.e., occupational or physical); or be enrolled in a masters degree or doctoral program in a health related field; be expected to return to college or to a postgraduate training program in a commissionable profession immediately following participation in JRCOSTEP.

Description: Provides qualified students the chance to gain professional experience at sites around the country and to introduce students to the mission of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) by providing hands-on experience in the U.S. PHS programs. Students are commissioned as Junior Assistant Health Service Officers (Ensigns) in the U. S. PHS. Participants work in one of the eight U.S. PHS agencies. Academic credit for some JRCOSTEP experience is also available.

Pay: Salary at rate for JRCOSTEP, plus travel costs and other benefits.

Duration: Positions are available year round for duty tours of 31 to 120 days. Most, however, are hired for the summer months (June, July, August)

Contact: Call 1-800-279-1605 or 301-594-2633 to obtain additional information and an application package or to speak with a PHS recruiter.

December 31 is the application deadline for the May 1 - August 31 assignment cycle.
April 30 is the application deadline for the September 1 - December 31 assignment cycle.
September 30 is the application deadline for the January 1 - April 30 assignment cycle.

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Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program

Who is Eligible: Students and faculty at 4-year college, universities, and health professional schools (participating grantee accredited colleges and universities) with predominately minority enrollments.

Description: Increases the number of minority scientists in biomedical research through providing special research and training opportunities. CDC and ATSDR programs function to provide research experiences as a component of the program.
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences through the MARC program provides grants to minorities and institutions which have substantial minority student enrollments. The four components of the program 1) Honors Undergraduate Research Training Grants; 2) Honors Predoctoral Fellowships; 3) Faculty Fellowships; and 4) Visiting Scientist Program.

The Honors Undergraduate Research Training Program awards grants to highly qualified minority institutions to provide science courses and biomedical research training for honors students. These institutions select students to receive grants based on both their academic achievement and their commitment to subsequently obtain a doctoral degree in an area of biomedical research. Most MARC honors undergraduates participate in at least 1 summer research project at a major research institution.

The Honors Predoctoral Fellowships are awarded to minorities who have been admitted into an approved doctoral degree or combined degree program (M.D., Ph.D.) In the biomedical sciences.

Faculty Fellowships are awarded to provide opportunities for advanced research training to selected full-time faculty members of 4-year colleges, universities, and health professional schools with substantial minority enrollments. The fellowship will support study at graduate departments and laboratories in any non-profit public or private institution in the United States with suitable facilities. Faculty fellows may either pursue the Ph.D. degree or obtain post-doctoral research training in the biomedical sciences.

The Visiting Scientist Program provides support for a period of up to 12 months to outstanding scientist-teachers who serve as visiting scientists at eligible minority institutions. The primary intent of the program is to strengthen research and tracking in the biomedical sciences for the benefit of the students and faculty at these institutions by drawing upon the special talents of scientists from other, primarily majority institutions.

Pay: Stipend paid by the educational institutions through the National Institute of Health Federal Grant Funds.

Duration: Summer months or academic year.

Contact: The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health, 45 Center Drive MSC 6200, Room 2AS.43, Bethesda, MD 20892-6200, (301) 594-3900.

Deadline: April 5 and December 5

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Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program

Who is Eligible: Students and faculty from participating accredited colleges and universities with predominately minority student enrollments.

Description: Exposes minority undergraduates to biomedical research, thereby motivating them to pursue research careers in biomedical and health- related fields, to attract minority graduate students into biomedical research, to assist faculty at minority institutions in developing biomedical research capabilities and to enhance the institutions's research potential in biomedical sciences by assisting in the development of appropriate resources for research activities. CDC and ATSDR provide research enrichment experiences for faculty and students as a component of this program.

The traditional MBRS Program offers research opportunities through support of: 1) faculty-initiated, scientifically meritorious, biomedically relevant research projects in which students participate; 2) student participation in ongoing projects of MBRS Associate Investigators; 3) biomedical research seminars; and 4) consortium activities, such as collaboration between 2-year colleges or Indian reservations and nearby colleges, universities, or laboratories with established investigators and developed research facilities.

Pay: Stipend paid by the educational institution through the National Institute of Health Federal Grants Funds.

Duration: Summer months or academic year.

Contact: The Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health, 45 Center Drive MSC 6200, Room 2AS.37, Bethesada, MD 20892-6200, (301) 594-3900.

Deadline: February 1, June 1, and October 1.

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James Ferguson Fellowship/National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID)
Summer Research Fellows Program

Who is Eligible: Students attending Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS) member schools, and medical and veterinary students from American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic Serving Institutions are eligible. AMHPS members include Charles R. Drew, University of Medicine and Science; Florida A & M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Howard University, College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Meharry Medical College, School of Medicine, School of Dentistry; Morehouse School of Medicine; Texas Southern University, College of Pharmacy and Health Science; Tuskegee University, School of Veterinary Medicine; Xavier University of Louisiana, College of Pharmacy.

Description: Provides opportunities for minority students to learn about the activities of the NCID in order to influence these students to consider careers in the disciplines needed by the NCID. Students are recruited and selected on the basis of recommendations provided by their professors and institutional representatives at each school. The selection criteria includes grade point average, letters of recommendation, submission of completed application and interests in infectious disease prevention research. At the end of the training program, students are required to give a formal presentation of their work, complete with slides and other aids, and to submit a written report.

Pay: Stipend of $4,000.

Duration: Full-time for 8 weeks during the summer.

Contact: The Minority Health Professions Foundation at (404) 634-1993.

Deadline: Late February.

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North Carolina State Fellows Program

Who is Eligible: Fellows from the North Carolina State University.

Description: The goal of the North Carolina State Fellows Program is to accelerate the personal development of exceptional students who exhibit leadership potential by exposing them to a variety of individuals and experiences that they would or ordinarily encounter until after graduation. Each year 15 to 20 freshmen are chosen based on information provided on applications and interviews by a group of community, business leaders and faculty to participate in the program.

The program provides training and development opportunities and experience to fulfill its goal. The program primarily consists of five elements: 1) a close association between the fellow and a selected faculty member; 2) exposure to a work environment through summer internships; 3) seminars and courses designed to improve leadership skills; 4) informal meetings with business, governmental, and professional leaders; and 5) a close association with other fellows.

Pay: Stipend from the North Carolina State University.

Duration: Full-time during the summer.

Contact: North Carolina State University, Division of Student Affairs at (919) 515- 3151.

Deadline: November.

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Outstanding Scholar Program

Who is Eligible: Individuals who have a bachelors degree and graduated with a 3.45 grade point average or higher, based on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate course work; or have graduated in the upper ten percent of their class or major university subdivision.

Description: The Outstanding Scholar Provision was created as the result of the Luevano Consent Decree which provided for the elimination of under representation of Blacks and Hispanics in specific occupations (through development of examining procedures that would be consistent with the provisions of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended). Through the decree, the courts provided agencies a mechanism to non- competitively hire college graduates with GPAs of 3.45 or above into permanent, entry-level competitive service jobs at the GS-5/7 levels.

These appointments may only be made in specific occupations previously covered under the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Administrative Careers with America (ACWA). These occupations include: Health, Safety and Environmental Occupations; Writing and Public Information Occupations; Business, Finance and Management Occupations; Personnel, Administration and Computer Occupations; and Law Enforcement and Investigation Occupations.

Pay: Salary.

Duration: Career-Conditional/Career.

Contact: CDC Job Information Center at (770) 488-1725.

Deadline: Year round.

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Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program

Who is Eligible: Individuals who have received a master's degree from a variety of academic disciplines and have a clear interest in and commitment to a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. Presidential Management Intern (PMI) finalists are selected by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (USOPM). Finalists are referred to Federal agencies for selection.

Description: All interns are expected to develop competencies in managerial and technical tracks which will prepare them for their target position. All interns should develop competencies in 3 of 5 technical areas which include: 1) budget and financial management; 2) management or program analysis; 3) personnel management; 4) information systems; and 5) procurement of grants management. In addition, all interns are expected to develop competencies in the following managerial areas: 1) communication; 2) interpersonal skills; 3) group behavior; and 4) planning and organization. These competencies can be developed through a variety of methods including rotational assignments, classroom training, conferences, discussion groups, career counseling and other activities. An individual development plan (IDP) which describes technical area learning objectives and how they will be accomplished must be developed. An individual learning agreement (ILA) which describes managerial area learning objectives and how they will be accomplished must also be developed. These two documents may be combined.

Pay: All PMIs new to the Federal service enter at GS-9, Step 1 grade level. Interns may be eligible for promotion to the GS-11 grade level after completing 1 year as a PMI, and to the GS-12 grade level after completing the second year.

Duration: Selectees receive a 2-year excepted service appointment to positions in a variety of occupations. At the successful conclusion of the internship, interns may be noncompetitively converted to career conditional or career appointments in the competitive service.

Contact: Applications for the PMI Program will be mailed to graduate schools in early September. Students interested in obtaining a PMI application should contact the head of their graduate program or placement office. PMI applications can also be obtained by calling the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs by Phone at (478) 757-3000.

Deadline: The PMI application must be completed, postmarked by October 31st.

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Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program

Who is Eligible: Individuals with a public health background and a strong interest and/or experience in computer systems; OR prior training and/or experience in informatics/information systems and an interest in applying that knowledge in the public health arena.

Acceptable educational credentials include: a masters degree (or doctorate) in a relevant discipline, such as statistics, epidemiology, computer science, or health services research; OR primary care physician/dentist/veterinarian with background or education in public health/disease state management/risk management or computer science, and demonstrated interest in health information systems/informatics; OR M.D., D.O. D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M., completing a residency in preventive medicine; OR health-care executive with graduate or professional degree, appropriate background (disease state management, risk management) and demonstrated interest and potential in public health informatics.

Applicants who have completed their training within the past 3 years are preferred.

Description: Modern public health practice involves the increasingly sophisticated electronic systems with functions in areas such as automated reporting of notifiable conditions, rapid dissemination of data from public health surveillance and outbreak investigations, and expeditious access to prevention and practice guidelines. There is particularly strong need for development of networked systems to facilitate communication and interaction among public health personnel at all levels (local, state, and federal) and data interchange between the domains of clinical practice and public health.

The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program at CDC/ATSDR provides a unique training opportunity for professionals interested in this evolving field. Fellowship participants are trained both in informatics and in public health. This experience equips them to guide the development, evaluation, and implementation of new public health surveillance and information systems, as well as the adaptation and support of existing ones.

Fellows are assigned to project teams involved in both research and development of informatics systems and concepts crucial to the support of CDC/ATSDR's mission of preventing disease and injury. Fellows are expected to work cooperatively with their teams and are given lead responsibility for one or more projects during the 2-year fellowship.

Pay: A monthly stipend is paid to each fellow based on years of experience, education, and other qualifications. The monthly stipend is $1,850 - $2,935 for those with a masters degree and $2,405 - $3,600 for those with doctoral degrees. Each fellow is responsible for paying travel expenses to and from the program site. If official travel is required during the fellowship, the program sponsoring the fellow will reimburse for air fare, per diem, and miscellaneous expenses. The sponsoring program also pays for the fellow to attend two professional conferences each year.

Duration: 2-years beginning each July. Fellows are placed with a CDC program office in the Atlanta area, or, potentially, at other locations.

Contact: Debbie Alcorn, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), P.O. Box 117, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-0117, telephone: (865) 576-3428.

Deadline: December 1.

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