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Program History and Outcomes

 The objectives of the San Diego IRACDA program are to: 1) provide rigorous training to a diverse group of scholars in biomedical research 2) enhance teaching skills of scholars to enrich the curriculum at our partner institutions, and 3) increase the number of underrepresented students from our partner institutions that participate in research at UC San Diego and enter graduate programs in biomedical sciences.

Since admitting its first trainees in 2003, the San Diego IRACDA program has trained 103 fellows, 62% are from underrepresented populations and 58% are women. Seven of our fellows have received UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships and 8 have received UC San Diego Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships.  All of our alumni are employed in science and 64% have obtained faculty positions at academic institutions, including 34% in R1 research-intensive institutions, 20% in R2 (teaching and research) institutions, and 10% in teaching-focused institutions. Almost all of our faculty alumni, 94%, are in tenured-track positions, and 61% of faculty have gained extramural funding from various agencies, including the NIH, NSF, USDA, DOD, AHA and National Geographic.

Some notable institutions where our alumni are employed include: Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Long Beach, , Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge, California Baptist University, San Diego State University, City College of New York, Hofstra University, Humboldt State University, Keck Graduate Institute, Mount Saint Mary College National University, Northern Arizona University, Occidental College, Pacific Lutheran University, Palomar College, Penn State Behrend, Pomona College, Roosevelt University, Santa Barbara City College,  St. Jude’s Research Hospital, The Wistar Institute, Texas Christian University,  University of Illinois Chicago, Binghamton University, University of Northern Florida, University of North Texas, University of Puget Sound, Westminster College, William Paterson University, Emory University, West Chester University, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of California, Irvine, and 5 hold Assistant Professor positions at the University of California, San Diego.

IRACDA Provides

San Diego IRACDA program provides Fellow salary/wages based on the UC adjusted scale (above NIH scale) with prescribed annual increases, health benefits and support for research including: $2500 towards the purchase of computers and teaching supplies and up to $1000 annually to attend scientific meetings or professional development workshops. In addition, SD IRACDA provides cover all expenses to attend the Annual IRACDA National Conference and $2500 to attend the HHMI/NAS Summer Teaching Institute.

SD IRACDA Alumni Obtained Faculty Positions Nationwide