How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 MIND class are open!

We will accept applications until August 28, 2020 or until the class is full. Please read all the information below carefully before applying, and attend our info session if you'd like to learn more. Contact [email protected] with any questions. 

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How to Apply

Click the button above and fill out a short online form to apply. Please note that the application has three components:

  • General applicant information
  • Career interests and motivations, including two short answer essay questions
  • A resume or CV (uploaded as a PDF)

Eligibility

  • Both international and domestic trainees are eligible and welcome to apply.
  • Postdocs: UCSF postdocs must be in the basic life sciences and have a postdoc title code at the time of application.
  • Students: UCSF graduate students must have passed their qualifying exams by the time the program begins and be in good academic standing. Students from the below graduate programs are eligible to apply:
    • Bioengineering
    • Biological and Medical Informatics
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biophysics
    • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
    • Epidemiology
    • Global Health*
    • History of Health Sciences*
    • Medical Anthropology*
    • Neuroscience
    • Nursing*
    • Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics
    • Sociology*
    • Tetrad

*Please note that the MIND program was originally developed for UCSF biomedical scientists. The course content draws heavily from the perspectives of researchers in the basic life sciences. That said, we welcome students from other programs and encourage them to apply. 


Program Requirements

  • Fall 2020: Catalytic Course Phase (Required)
    • Graduate students must enroll in the 2-unit Pass/No Pass course "Graduate Studies 213." All participants must commit to completing the Catalytic Course phase.
    • Successfully completing the Catalytic Course requires completion of 3-5 hours of homework between course dates; and attendance at all classes (or make-up work for classes you are not able to attend):
      • Friday, September 18, 1-3 p.m.: Catalytic Course #1
      • Friday, October 2, 1-3 p.m.:  Catalytic Course #2
      • Friday, October 16, 1-3 p.m.: Catalytic Course #3
      • Friday, October 30, 1-3 p.m.: Catalytic Course #4
      • Friday, November 13, 1-3 p.m.: Catalytic Course #5
      • Friday, December 4, 1-3 p.m.: Catalytic Course #6
  • Winter 2020: Peer Team Phase (Recommended)
    • Participation in bi-weekly peer team meetings, of 90 minutes per meeting, through the winter quarter
    • Conducting a minimum of 3 informational interviews or job shadows, and sharing the information you gathered with your peer teams and MIND cohort.
      • Friday, January 8, 1:30-3 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #1
      • Friday, January 22, 1:30-3 p.m.:  Peer Team Meeting #2
      • Friday, February 5, 1:30-3 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #3
      • Friday, February 19, 1:30-3 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #4
      • Friday, March 5, 1:30-3 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #5
      • Friday, March 19, 1:30-3 p.m.: Peer Team Meeting #6
  • Beyond: Availability for longitudinal surveys about experiences with the program, and career outcomes

Upcoming Events

Thu
13

Virtual PAC-UP: Applying for Faculty Positions - Step 3

Date: August 13, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tue
25

Every Month Series: Careers in Academia You Might Not Know About - Part 1

Date: August 25, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Thu
27

Every Month Series: Careers in Academia You Might Not Know About - Part 2

Date: August 27, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Fri
28

Virtual PAC-UP: Applying for Faculty Positions - Step 4

Date: August 28, 2020
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.