Training Program

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Program

Overview: The goal of the MANTP is to educate a cadre of cross disciplinary scientists who integrate and apply concepts from a wide-array of fields to nutrition-related biomedical research. A broad-spectrum of approaches from clinical studies focusing on treatment to genome-wide approaches to define fundamental mechanisms of disease is needed to further understand the etiology of human nutritional diseases. MANTP provides predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees with the breadth of training that will allow them to pursue successful careers in nutrition-related biomedical research and foster the development of new paradigms for chronic disease treatment.

Predoctoral Program: Outstanding graduate students in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) or the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) and whose mentor is a MANTP trainer can be considered for a position as a MANTP trainee. Applications for a position as a trainee are considered at the end of the students second year in graduate school. Applications must include copies of the applicants undergraduate and graduate transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and a letter of application that describes in detail the proposed research project and its relevance to the mission of MANTP.

MANTP predoctoral trainees must meet the course requirements of either the IGPNS or IPiB graduate programs. The course plan for each trainee will be tailored to meet the needs of both their home graduate program and the breadth requirements of the MANTP. MANTP predoctoral trainees also participate in trainee specific events including: i) the annual MANTP Research Seminar and Journal Club which meets weekly in the Fall or Spring Semester; ii) attending and possibly speaking at the annual MANTP Fall Research Symposium and associated trainee/speaker lunch; iii) enrollment in a Research Ethics class, and iv) voluntary participation in professional development activities regarding training in becoming a research mentor and classes focused on developing skills as a teacher. Predoctoral trainees also receive training grant funds for travel to meetings and purchase of research-related supplies.

Postdoctoral Program: Postdoctoral trainees can apply to directly to MANTP (see “Contact Us” section on home page) or any MANTP trainer. In addition to a letter describing research background and career goals applicants should send a transcript for all graduate classes taken, three letters of reference and an indication of when the PhD was granted or is expected.

MANTP postdoctoral trainees are encouraged to expand their basic science or clinical Nutrition knowledge base, where needed, by auditing courses in Nutritional Sciences or Biochemistry. MANTP postdoctoral trainees also participate in trainee specific events including: i) the annual MANTP Research Seminar and Journal Club which meets weekly in the Fall or Spring Semester; ii) attending and possibly speaking at the annual MANTP Fall Research Symposium and associated trainee/speaker lunch; iii) enrollment in a Research Ethics class, and iv) voluntary participation in professional development activities regarding training in becoming a research mentor and classes focused on developing skills as a teacher. Postdoctoral trainees also receive training grant funds for travel to meetings and purchase of research-related supplies.

Trainee Seminar Series: All MANTP predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees are required to participate in the annual trainee-specific MANTP Research Seminar and Journal Club. Each year the trainee will present a seminar on their research to a group of all other trainees and a portion of the faculty trainers. Trainees will also participate in a journal club focused on a topic relevant to the MANTP program. Students will give a journal club presentation on one aspect of the topic for that year which will be either a basic science or an applied/clinical science type paper. To enhance the breadth of their training students will present a paper outside their own type of research approach (e.g students with basic science projects will present and discuss an applied/clinical science paper).

Research Ethics Courses: All trainees will be required to take a research ethics class that is focused on the responsible conduct of research. Currently trainees can pick from research ethics classes such as Oncology 675 or Nursing 802. In addition, all trainees will be required to attend the research ethics lectures in Nutritional Sciences 600.

Professional Development: While MANTP trainees will focus on their research during training the professional development opportunities listed below can greatly enhance their competitiveness for faculty position at research universities. MANTP trainees can participate in several professional development opportunities including: a) mentoring an undergraduate research student for an eight week summer session such as through the the Integrated Biological Sciences-Summer Research Opportunity Program (IBS-SRP); b) participation in the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching(http://scientificteaching.wisc.edu/) or the Delta Program for Integrating Research and Teaching(http://www.delta.wisc.edu/); and c) predoctoral trainees will be encouraged to apply for one of the research award programs for graduate students sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition.