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The PROVIDES Program is the Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars. Our mission is to help increase diversity within the postdoctoral community at UT Southwestern and to support the successful transition of postdoctoral fellows into independent faculty positions.

This program is for graduating Ph.D. students who plan to pursue an academic faculty position.

Read about the PROVIDES Program launch to improve mentoring, recruitment, and scholarship.

Man and woman in the research lab
Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars

What Does PROVIDES Offer?

PROVIDES Scholars start the program when their postdoctoral fellowship begins, and the program continues throughout the duration of their fellowship. The program is an avenue for postdoctoral fellows to be involved with faculty mentors, experience professional development opportunities, receive leadership and grant-writing training, and gain access to research facilities.

Our mentorship and professional development opportunities include:

  • Biannual meetings with a Faculty Mentoring Committee that provides professional guidance and assists with transition into independence
  • Assistance preparing competitive extramural fellowship grant applications
  • Training in grant writing
  • Attendance at the PROVIDES Seminar Series featuring distinguished scientists from diverse backgrounds and access to workshops on topics such as “Communication Skills” and “How Search Committees Work”
  • Leadership training through participation in practice sessions, journal clubs, and monthly works-in-progress luncheons
  • Support from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office, the Office of Diversity and InclusionPostdoctoral 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, proteomics, transgenics, and structural biology.

Keisha N. Hardeman, Ph.D.

“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.”

Keisha N. Hardeman, Ph.D.

Biomedical Chemistry

Genaro Hernandez, Ph.D.

“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.”

Genaro Hernandez, Ph.D.

Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

PROVIDES Application Requirements

Please submit the following materials:

  1. One-page abstract of Ph.D. thesis
  2. 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
  3. Names and addresses of three references, one of whom is the principal predoctoral adviser
  4. Letter of support from 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.
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. PDFs of published or accepted manuscripts plus a five-sentence summary of applicant’s role in each publication
  7. Statement of career goals (limited to 250 words)
  8. 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 send an email containing the required materials to PROVIDES.


Seminar Series

Upcoming Speaker

Dr. Sonya Neal
University of California, San Diego
Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
Cell and Developmental Biology
“Protein Homeostasis and How Organisms Use Quality Control Pathways to Mitigate this Universal Biological Stress”

Friday, October 23, 2020

4-5 p.m. Science Talk
5-6 p.m. Meet with Postdoc and Graduate Students

Previous Guest Speakers

Dr. Avery August
Cornell University
“Tuning T cell Responses during People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths to Science”

Dr. Melanie McReynolds
Princeton University
“NAD+ Flux is Maintained in Aged Mice”

Contact Us

Russell DeBose-Boyd, Ph.D.

PROVIDES Co-Director

Phone: 214-648-3467

Russell DeBose-Boyd, Ph.D.

Nancy Street, Ph.D.

PROVIDES Co-Director

Phone: 214-648-0721

Nancy Street, Ph.D.

Kristin Spain

PROVIDES Administrator

Phone: 214-648-0747

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