iTHRIV Scholars Program:
Mentorship

ABOUT:

The iTHRIV Scholar Program is a multi-institutional career development program across multiple schools/departments focused on early career faculty and partially supported by the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) Clinical Translational Science Award (KL2TR003016 and UL1TR003015). Each Scholar has one or more Scientific Mentors identified in their application. This mentor/mentoring team plays an important role in the development of the research career for each Scholar.

Mentors may focus on ‘content,’ ‘process,’ or both helping the Scholars to establish and develop new technical and scientific skills, to navigate the challenges of setting up a new research team, and to identify critical steps for progressing in academia. During the first year of the iTHRIV Scholar Program, each Scholar is also assigned an ‘iTHRIV Mentor.’ This person is chosen to complement the existing Mentor/mentoring team and fulfill a specific need for the individual Scholar. This new mentor-mentee relationship is intended to allow the Scholar to move into a new scientific area, create connections to specific clinical populations, foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, augment access to grant writing expertise, or gain access to new sponsorship opportunities among other opportunities.

The iTHRIV mentor may be drawn from outside the Scholar’s research area, school, and even institution. Each month the Scholars and their mentors come together with the iTHRIV Scholar Program leadership for a Mentoring Hour focused on issues around mentoring. Scholar-Mentor pairs frequently lead discussion on topics of their choosing. These sessions also focus on the fact that the Scholars, as emerging clinical translational researchers, are themselves both mentees and mentors to others. As the Scholar Program embarks on its fifth year, program alumni are returning in formal mentoring roles.

Meet a Mentor

Stephanie DeLuca

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Neuromotor Research Clinic

Virginia Tech

“I won the lottery when Dr. Deluca was assigned as my iTHRIV mentor. She is a successful researcher and international expert in the development of interventions for children with cerebral palsy. She has been a very supportive and encouraging mentor that provides valuable critical feedback effectively. Our programs of research are very complimentary and we are currently collaborating on writing a new NIH grant proposal. We are excited to develop a low cost, scalable transitional music intervention for children with cerebral palsy."

-Lisa C. Letzkus, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC

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iTHRIV Mentor Funding Requests

 

The iTHRIV Scholars Program (iTSP) provides modest funding which is available for named iTHRIV Mentors to support training and educational expenses. Funds may be requested for the iTHRIV Mentor and/or trainees (excluding the iTHRIV Scholar) in the iTHRIV Mentors lab. Use of these funds is based on availability of funding and review and approval of appropriate requests. Since these funds are limited, iTHRIV encourages all Mentors to utilize available institutional and departmental educational funding resources prior to request of these funds. All local and institutional travel policies apply.

 

Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are exhausted.