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Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease Training Grant

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    The Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease (III) Training Program seeks to bring together faculty and trainees across the University of Utah Health campus to foster collaborative research in basic and translational immunology.  The main component of the III Training Program is individualized research training under the guidance of 30 faculty members in 9 basic and clinical departments across campus. The training program supports 4 pre-doctoral trainees. Pre-doctoral trainees who have completed their qualifying exam are eligible for up to 2 years of support, as selected by the Steering Committee from a large and highly competitive pool of candidates based on prior research excellence, a research proposal and letters of recommendation.  Trainees will complete relevant coursework, participate in seminars and retreats, present their research in departmental settings, write a thesis proposal, perform thesis research, publish results and defend their thesis research. In addition, the Training Program will enhance graduate education through the following activities: 1) a one-month clinical immunology rotation at ARUP, the national pathology reference laboratory affiliated with the University of Utah; 2) formal training in grant-writing, leading to submission of an extramural grant proposal; 3) support for travel to present data at scientific meetings; 4) regular lunchtime discussions of research progress with other Training Program trainees and mentors; 5) interaction with invited speakers for the Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease seminar series, as well as coordinating 1-2 student-invited speakers per year; 6) annual presentation of research at the Microbiology and Immunology retreat or Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Disease Symposium; 7) guidance in the effective utilization of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and individualized career guidance; and 8) formal mentoring in the use of biostatistics related to immunological research.  Given the exceptional training track record of our faculty, available resources to support research and robust institutional support, the III Training Program will provide an ideal platform to train the next generation of human disease-focused immunologists.

    Dear Immunology Community, We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from graduate students for the Immunology, Infectious Disease and Inflammation (3i) Training Grant (3iTG). The Training Grant will provide support for one year, with the potential to renew for a second year of support. We will be appointing 2 graduate student trainees this year. Some of the features of the training program include support for mentored research, a clinical immunology rotation at ARUP (pandemic permitting), training in data analysis and publishing, grant writing and career planning, mentored preparation and submission of F award proposal or equivalent, yearly presentation of data to the immunology community and partial support for travel to scientific meetings to present research findings. Applications in all areas of immunology, including inflammation, host responses to pathogens, innate and adaptive immunity, tumor immunology, transplant immunology, autoimmunity, etc. will be considered. Applicants must successfully complete their departmental preliminary examination (usually during their 2nd year in the graduate program) prior to being appointed to the training program. While we will accept applications from students in the later stages of graduate training, most successful applicants will be in their 2nd or 3rd year in the graduate program (1st or 2nd year in their thesis research laboratory). Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents with a valid green card. Required components of the application include:

    1. a 3-page summary (11 pt Arial font, 0.5 inch margins) of the proposed research project, including: specific aims, significance, preliminary results, figures (if any), research plan and references (references can exceed the 3 page limit);
    2. a CV with a list of educational experiences and publications;
    3. a one page outline of the candidate’s career goals;
    4. unofficial or copied transcripts of graduate course grades; and
    5. three letters of recommendation, including one from the training mentor.

    Please submit materials and have letters sent directly to Alysha Stanton ( by April 12, 2021. Please direct questions about the training program to Dr. Brian Evavold ( or Dr. Matt Williams ( Sincerely, Brian Evavold and Matt Williams 3iTG Program Directors

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    Brian Evavold - Program Director Phone: 801-585-9689 Email:

    Matt Williams - Program Co-Director Phone: 801-585-2487 Email:

    Alysha Stanton - Program Coordinator Phone: 801-581-2408 Email:

    Matthew A. Williams, PhD

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