The Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars (PROVIDES) pursues a twofold mission to:
- Increase diversity within the postdoctoral community at UT Southwestern.
- Help postdoctoral fellows successfully transition into independent faculty positions.
Developing Scholars into Faculty
PROVIDES selects graduating Ph.D. students who plan to pursue an academic faculty position. This initiative encourages mentorship, scholarship, and recruitment of career scientists from minority groups underrepresented in biomedical science. PROVIDES Scholars start the program when their postdoctoral fellowship begins, and the initiative continues for the duration of their fellowship.
The program launched with its first two scholars in October 2020.
“The ability to train alongside amazing researchers that continue to drive the field forward is an opportunity that I could not pass up.”
“I chose UT Southwestern for my postdoctoral training because it is a top-tier research institution. My previous experience as a SURF student reinforced my idea of UTSW as a competitive research institution with a friendly and collaborative environment. ”
“This institution provides you with all the resources needed to perform excellent, novel, and relevant biomedical research. ”
“Having the commodity of designing, synthesizing, elucidating the structure and testing your compounds all in one institution is a luxury that not all institutions and programs have. ”
“Everything I need is here in abundance to make great research happen. Additionally, UTSW exposes me to courses that will make me a stronger researcher. I am not only learning science but I am learning everything it takes to be successful in the long run. ”
“UTSW is one of the most active and vibrant metabolism communities in the world. The research environment is collaborative, growth-oriented, and rich with opportunities for training and gaining mentorship. Great discoveries have been made here.”
“I chose UTSW for my studies because it is the mecca for metabolic research. Moreover, I immediately noticed the friendly and collaborative environment at UTSW that allows one to interact and learn from outstanding scientists.”
Biannual meetings with a Faculty Mentoring Committee offer students professional guidance and help them transition into independence.
Scholars receive assistance preparing competitive extramural fellowship grant applications and training in grant writing.
- Seminar Series
PROVIDES Seminar Series features distinguished scientists from diverse backgrounds and workshops on topics such as “Communication Skills” and “How Search Committees Work"
Dr. Fikadu G. Tafesse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Oregon Health & Science University
"The Roles of Host Lipids in Bacterial and Viral Infections"
November 9, 2022
T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building (ND), NG3. 112
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Previous speakers include:
- Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
UT Southwestern Medical Center
"Breaking Silos to See the Invisible and Treat the Incurable"
- Benjamin A. Garcia, Ph.D., FRSC.
Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished Professor and Head
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
"Quantitative Proteomics for Understanding Epigenetic Cancer Mechanisms"
- Natasha Corbitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Chrystal Starbird, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University Department of Pharmacology
"Structural Basis of TAM Receptor Oligomerization"
- Antentor Othrell Hinton, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences
"Activating Transcription Factor 4 Controls Mitochondrial Morphology and Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle"
- Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D.
- Leadership Training
Scholars participate in practice sessions, journal clubs, and monthly works-in-progress.
- Additional Support
Resources are provided through the Postdoctoral Affairs Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Postdoctoral Association, and the Office of Career and Professional Development.
- Access to Core Facilities
As PROVIDES fellows pursue research in their own area of interest, they gain access to top research tools at UT Southwestern, including:
- Cryo-electron microscopy
- DNA genotyping
- DNA microarray
- Electron microscopy
- Flow cytometry
- Genomics and microarray
- High-throughput screening
- Live-cell imaging
- Medicinal chemistry
- Metabolic phenotyping
- Next-generation sequencing
- Structural biology
Postdoctoral scholars must submit the following materials to be considered for the program:
Proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status
One-page abstract of Ph.D. thesis
Research proposal (limited to 1,000 words, not including references)
- If a UT Southwestern mentor has been selected, proposal should focus on proposed postdoctoral research project.
- If a UT Southwestern mentor has not been selected, proposal should focus on applicant’s area of scientific interest.
Names and addresses of three references, one of whom is the principal predoctoral adviser
Letter of support from a UT Southwestern faculty mentor:
- If you have selected a UT Southwestern postdoctoral mentor, letter should come from this person.
- If UT Southwestern postdoctoral mentor has not been selected, please list up to three UT Southwestern faculty and describe your interest in that lab.
Published or accepted manuscripts (in PDF format) plus a five-sentence summary of applicant’s role in each publication
Statement of career goals (limited to 250 words)
Statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion in basic science (limited to 250 words)
Applicants should be close to completing their Ph.D. degree or have completed their degree within 15 months of becoming a PROVIDES scholar, though later graduation dates may be considered.
Our admission period is ongoing, so you can submit your application at any time. To apply, please PROVIDES@utsouthwestern.edu PROVIDES and include the required materials.