The Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Training Program (formerly the Viral Pathogenesis Training Program) links students from various graduate programs who are currently training in virology laboratories in Seattle. The program brings together laboratories at Fred Hutch and the University of Washington with the goal of drawing on the rich history of viral research at these institutions to form a unique training opportunity for Seattle-area graduate students.
Funds are available for pre-doctoral trainees interested in viral pathogenesis and evolution research. One or two years of funding is available, with preference given for two years of funding for earlier stage students as discussed below. The training program will also cover a portion of tuition. The scope of the submitted proposal should include a two-year research plan, unless the applicant specifically requests only one year of funding.
Please note: this training grant is managed by the UW and thus pay and benefits will be through the UW.
In addition to the curriculum required by the student’s graduate program, students who are funded by the VPETG will be required to take courses that will enhance their training in viral pathogenesis and evolution research, including one course in viral pathogenesis/virology (MCB532 or MICRO 540) and one elective course in either computation biology and immunology (MCB 517 or IMMUN 532). Finally, because writing is an important component of academic scientists' training, VPETP trainees will receive opportunities for additional training in this area.
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First, the applicant should send items 1-3 in a single PDF format to the Training Grant Administrator, Shama Samant. File title: "ApplicantLastName_VPETP2019.pdf"
Second, the applicant's mentor and the two individuals (non-mentors) writing the applicant's letters of recommendations should send items 4-5 directly to Training Grant Administrator, Shama Samant.
4. Mentor Summary Form. This form should be filled out by your mentor. In past years we have asked for more traditional letters. However, all the mentor letters said their student was one of the best they have ever seen and they should be funded, which was not helpful to the review committee. It is our hope, that the mentor summary form will be a more informative evaluation of each trainee. Since the success and future funding of the training grant depends on the quality of the students it supports, the review committee would appreciate an honest and realistic summary of the student. Please have your mentor send their summary directly to the Training Grant Administrator, Shama Samant.
5. Letters of Recommendation. Request letters from 2 individuals who are not your mentor. Please have your recommenders send their letters directly to the Training Grant Administrator, Shama Samant.