Program Description

The Forsyth Research Training Certificate Program invites passionate, inquisitive, and innovative scientists and professionals from around the world to conduct independent research projects in a Forsyth laboratory, mentored by a Forsyth faculty member. Program participants will receive in-lab training in experimental design, techniques, and data interpretation, and have access to cutting-edge scientific knowledge through seminars, collaborations, and one-on-one interaction with faculty. This program provides a valuable supplement to students or postdocs navigating the start of their career, as well as those interested in becoming more ingrained in the scientific research community. Upon completion of the program and its requirements, participants will receive a certificate of training signed by the Forsyth CEO and will be enrolled in the Forsyth Alumni Association.

This program is for all researchers who are not funded internally by The Forsyth Institute or a PI affiliated grant and will have a full-time appointment within the Institute for 6 months or more. In lieu of monetary compensation associated with paid employment, postdocs, graduates, or postbaccs interested in research/training will be enrolled in the RTC program and receive the training and experiences that accompany the program.

Photo by Matthew Modoono for the Forsyth Institute.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A minimum degree requirement of a BA/BS in a field related to the research of the Forsyth Institute, and more specifically, of a PI who is currently accepting RTC applicants. Preference will be given to those with advanced degrees in pertinent fields of study.
  • Documented research experience in a laboratory setting (shown via transcript, or reference letter of a current/former supervisor).
  • The ability to dedicate, at minimum, 6 months full-time work in a Forsyth lab/clinic.
  • Interest in and passion for dental or craniofacial research.
  • International applicants must be eligible for a J-1 Visa. Forsyth will provide support for Visa applications if selected.

Costs

There are no associated costs with the program. The Forsyth Institute does not provide participants with funding for their time in the program, so applicants must be able to fund their living, health care, and housing expenses while in the Boston area. This funding may be provided to participants through their home institution or government.

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 6 months full time work in a Forsyth faulty lab/clinic (https://www.forsyth.org/scientists/) , resulting in the completion of their research project (to be determined by the PI).
  • The standard program length is one year, but 6-month appointments may be permitted based on PI schedule, lab space, and other institutional factors. Program participants may stay in the program longer than the standard 1-year term by discussing their annual renewal with their PI and the coordinator of the Research Certificate Program.
  • Completion of the Research Certificate Curriculum. Course/Workshop exemptions may be granted to those who have already completed and documented taking similar training courses.
    • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and follow up Case Study
    • Science Communication Workshop
    • Implicit Bias and Diversity within the Medical Field Workshop
    • 2 Journal Club Seminars discussing Critical Readings of Primary Literature
    • 2 Core Facility Observations
  • Completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP), outlining one’s goals, progress, and accomplishments in their research training, to be evaluated and discussed by the PI mentor.
  • Participation in the Forsyth Thursday Seminar Series and Friday Brainstorming Sessions.
  • Presentation of Research upon completion of one’s time in the program, at a meeting open to the Forsyth Community.

Application Process

Admission to the program will be on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should fill out the RTC application form, and send the completed form, with a current Curriculum Vitae or Resume, to the Program Coordinator, John Kropowensky at jkropowensky@forsyth.org.