OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research

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Purpose and Goals of the Program

The OHSU Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion in Research Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic scientific research at OHSU. We seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to the academic mission of OHSU. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training and junior faculty research in all scientific areas of study at OHSU. Priority for fellowships will be given to individuals from historically underrepresented populations, U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents, and where there might be a research priority need. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as grant writing assistance to prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

Who Should Apply (minimum requirements, area of study, etc.)

Eligibility

  • Postdoctoral scholars from other institutions who have completed their dissertation
  • Individuals with postdoctoral training experience looking to establish an independent academic research career
  • Postdocs and fellows who currently have a position at OHSU are ineligible for this program

Benefits of the Program

Fellows receive a stipend based on the OHSU Minimum Rates and NIH (FY2014) Stipend Scales, up to $3,000 for relocation, and up to $5,000 in additional research funding. A "matchmaking" system will be used to match potential mentors with prospective candidates based on the research interests of the candidates.

In addition to research training and mentorship, Fellows and their research mentors will receive grant-writing assistance through the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research.

To help Fellows  transition into life in Portland, they will be connected with members of the Portland community who will be tasked with welcoming new Fellows to the city and ensuring they have the accommodations necessary to make them feel comfortable, settled, and integrated into Portland life.

Start dates will be arranged in consultation with the faculty mentor.

Application Process

Required application materials include:

1.       A completed fellowship application

2.       A curriculum vitae, including current and pending publications

3.       A personal statement, no longer than two pages, single-spaced, which must address all of the following:

  • Reviews your previous research accomplishments
  • Outline of your future research goals and proposed research
  • How participation in this program would further your career

4.       Two-three letters of reference from people acquainted with your work. One reference letter should be from a faculty mentor. Reference letters must be submitted electronically in pdf format.

Applications can be found on our online portal. Click on the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion in Research competition link and follow instructions for completing the application and uploading required documents.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at OFDIR@ohsu.edu.

Application Deadline: Rolling admission.

Contact information for program coordinator:
OFDIR@ohsu.edu, 503-346-0344


Grant Writing Assistance

The fellowship includes intensive training in grant-writing and grantsmanship, including access to courses and individual coaching. Applicants are trained to write fellowship awards appropriate to their training and career stage, such as NRSAs, K awards, foundation grants, and similar awards. 


Current Fellows

JeffProulxJeffrey Proulx, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology

As I grew up, I was affected by stress-related outcomes I witnessed in Native American and African American communities. However, I was much more influenced by the strengths of these communities, which have guided my research into the positive features of underserved communities as a means to address health disparities. As a health psychologist, I was drawn to OHSU because of the promise of bridging research, clinical, and community-based outreach.  My appointment as a T32 postdoctoral fellow in Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders (ORCCAMIND) gives me the ideal context and training to sharpen my research skills in stress reduction.  However, the OFDIR program is the catalyst for taking this research into a career in health- and diversity-related research.

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for many years and completed my graduate education at Oregon State University.  I am also an outdoor enthusiast (skiing, trail running, biking, rock climbing), so it was only natural that I choose to stay in Oregon for this stage of my career.  Further, Portland is an interactive and diverse city, which I anticipate will be a model for diversity-related research.  My research necessarily involves direct interaction with people within and outside of OHSU, and I hope that my research here will become integrated into the character of Portland across a range of cultural and ethnic groups.

OscarOscar Miranda Dominguez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience

I am amazed by the way the nervous system synchronizes homeostasis at different time scales and by using varied mechanisms, like bioelectromagnetism and hormones. I am convinced that having a better understanding (ie, a mathematical description) of the way the brain process information, we can design interventions with better clinical outcomes than current treatments. Being a biomedical engineer with training in control engineering and automation, I am biased towards neuromodulation and multimodal adaptive treatments for mental disorders.

As a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Fair Neuroimaging Lab I can interact with amazing scientists and have access to cutting edge technologies and algorithms to analyze the brain. The lab is a synergistic blend of diverse backgrounds and expertise. One of the goals is to identify solid biomarkers for ADHD.

I am an international individual (from Mexico), as hundreds of people from different countries that work for OHSU. Here, there is serious commitment towards diversity, with activities like formal training and cultural events that promotes appreciation and awareness of diversity. The "Global Village Rendezvous", which is a monthly event organized by the OHSU International Employee Resource is a clear example of these activities. Furthermore, Partners in Diversity organize different networking events to "recruit, retain and support professionals of color in Oregon and SW Washington".

By the way, I have to mention that the views from OHSU are gorgeous (when I see Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood, I cannot avoid thinking in the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl…)

TundeTunde Akinyeke, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience

I have always been interested in science and conducting experiments. While in grade school I took science fairs particularly seriously and this interest continued into high school and college. While at Meharry Medical College I became interested in cancer research and focused my thesis work on prostate cancer research. While at Meharry and during my first fellowship at New York University, the focus of was to determine the role of anti-diabetic drugs on c-Myc in preventing prostate tumorigenesis. While here at OHSU I am studying the role of c-Myc in alcoholism.

Working at OHSU has been great. I work in a friendly lab environment with great coworkers. Transitioning from cancer biology to neuroscience has definitely been a challenge but I'm looking forward to continuing to learn all that I can while I am here. Living in the Pacific, N.W. and more specifically Portland has been a good experience because I'm an avid runner and basketball player. Having Nike and Adidas headquartered nearby has been nice. There are great running communities as well as plenty of running/hiking paths. The fresh air doesn't hurt either.

Gonzalo RomeroGonzalo Romero, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Diagnostic Radiology

Oregon introduced me to the American culture as a teenager from Venezuela; a life changing experience. My host family treated me like one of them while improving my English in high school.

I returned to Venezuela to start medical school; basic sciences fascinated me, anatomy was my passion. During my fourth year of medical school rotation at UCSF introduced me to the US healthcare system, convincing me to return to the US following medical school graduation to further my clinical and research training. The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio provided an intense clinical experience in an academic environment. Harvard University provided a challenging environment to enforce clinical research skills, a dream coming from South America. An international clinical trial in cardiovascular disease allowed me to learn about research development from the ground up. In Philadelphia, working directly with Latina patients, was a very humbling experience to assist communities with diabetes prevention.

My passion for basic sciences and academic research motivates me to pursue a career as a radiologist and researcher. At OHSU, I am working in the Diagnostic Radiology Department, under Dr. Coakley's mentoring, developing innovative research projects in prostate cancer MRI.  It has been a great opportunity to apply research skills in imaging, learning from my mentors in a collaborative environment, something pertinently unique to OHSU!

Having lived in many places around the United States, I can assure that Oregon is exceptional due to its amazing charm, great coffee and beautiful sceneries.

Diversity Resources

OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) leads university-wide initiatives to create an environment of respect and inclusion for all people. CDI is dedicated to fostering partnerships to enhance OHSU's mission of healing, teaching, research and community services. CDI has a range of resources and services to support and empower students, faculty and staff from all walks of life, including historically underrepresented populations.

To help foster employee growth and development while meeting the needs of a more diverse employee workforce, OHSU supports the formation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). ERGs provide opportunities for career development, social support, networking, mentoring, and community participation, and help promote cultural awareness and employee engagement. ERGs align with OHSU's mission and goals of advancing diversity and inclusion.

OHSU Diversity Resource Guide
The CDI also has a Diversity Resource Guide that serves as a resource for OHSU students, staff, faculty, and residents to connect with diverse and cultural organizations and businesses in Portland, and beyond. This resource will be very essential in helping newcomers navigate the city and promote exploration.

Partners in Diversity | Say Hey
Partners in Diversity (PiD) is an organization operating under the Charitable Institute of the Portland Business Alliance that works with companies to help recruit and retain professionals of color to the Oregon/SW Washington region. The Say Hey event series was created to honor new minority professionals relocating to the Oregon and the SW Washington area with the goal of helping them connect with the multicultural community. At each Say Hey event, held quarterly, PiD recognizes honorees of color who have recently moved to Oregon and SW Washington. Community leaders, corporate and public sector leaders, community organizations and other individuals attend Say Hey to help make honorees feel welcome and more connected to their new community. This multicultural event provides a great opportunity to enjoy an evening of meeting new friends and learning about what makes the Portland community a great place to live and work.

Urban League of Portland Young Professionals
The Urban League of Portland is a non-profit, community-based organization headquartered in north Portland and an affiliate of the National Urban League. Since 1945, the Urban League of Portland has advocated, served and empowered African Americans and other Oregonians to create an equitable place to work and live. The Urban League of Portland Young Professionals (ULPDXYP) is a committed group of young professionals (aged 21 - 40) invested in the values and strategic goals of the Urban League of Portland that include leadership development, education, healthcare, and elder care. ULPDXYP regularly hosts general body meeting and other events, such as social events, professional development series, and policy and advocacy forums.

Hispanicpros
Hispanicpros' mission is to connect professionals and community to businesses, corporations and other organizations through diversification and inclusion strategies. They host monthly face to face networking events to welcome individuals from all professional backgrounds to come and meet one another, form social bonds and help each other develop in their careers. The purpose of the meetings is to get to know each other on a personal level in a relaxed, professional and friendly environment.