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The UCLA School of Nursing has been selected as a recipient of the UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative. This prestigious program is designed to attract underrepresented students to doctoral programs with the long-term goal of developing nursing faculty that reflects California’s diversity. Spearheaded by UCLA Nursing Professor Robert Lucero, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, the UCLA initiative, Nursing Professoriate Pathway Program: From Bench-to-Community, will work to recruit and support underrepresented students over the next five years. The plan calls for network level interventions and will leverage the relationships and expertise of five federally designated Hispanic Serving Institutions and two health care systems across southern California. The UCLA School of Nursing’s partner institutions include, Mount Saint Mary’s University Nursing Department, California State University – Los Angeles School of Nursing, California State University – Long Beach School of Nursing, California State University – Channel Islands School of Nursing, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, UCLA Health Department of Nursing, & Cedars-Sinai Department of Nursing.

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The 8-Week Summer Immersion Experience

The goal of the 8-weeks summer immersion experience is to provide knowledge and skills needed to conduct academic research and pursue a career in the professoriate. Trainees will engage in research activities at least 20 hours per week, including but not limited to one-on-one meetings with mentor dyad, host lab meetings, journal clubs, research presentations/seminars relevant to the host lab, and mentee’s independent research. The approach to this experience will use an apprenticeship model. Trainees will be provided an orientation to their respective host labs on the first day of the program. Research will be conducted locally (i.e., UCLA Faculty Research Mentors’ lab) or clinically (UCLA Health or Cedars-Sinai) with mentors’ supervision. We will deliver the 3-4 hour didactic curriculum during morning sessions, Monday-Thursday. This will allow trainees to focus on their research and engage with their host lab during the afternoon and all-day Friday.

The program culminates with trainees submitting three applications to PhD programs at three different Universities. See below the professional development curriculum.

Proposed weekly 1-hour professional development morning seminars/workshops in addition to NP3 research curriculum
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Week 1 Welcome - Introduction to the UCLA Institutional Review Board Why Graduate School? Considering a career as an Academic PhD Nurse Scientist Introduction to SPSS
Week 2 Research Ethics - I What it's like to be a Graduate Student? (panel) Imposter Syndrome - How did I get chosen and do I belong? Applying to SPSS data
Week 3 Research Ethics - II Which Graduate School is for me? Writing a Personal Statement Applying to SPSS data
Week 4 Journey to the Professoriate - A lived experience Applying to Graduate School Writing for Science Applying to SPSS data
Week 5 Journey to the Academic Nursing - A lived experience What's it like to be a Professor? Writing a Research Abstract Applying to SPSS data
Week 6 Invited Research Talk Academic Careers (Panel) What kind of leader are you? Creating a Scientific Poster Applying to SPSS data
Week 7 Invited Research Talk Research Careers (Panel) Revisiting the Personal Statement Applying to SPSS data
Week 8 Invited Research Talk Open Forum - Next Steps for Trainees Preparing a Scientific Podium Presentation Applying to SPSS data
  • Application form
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Two short essay questions – 350 words each
    • Why are you considering a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in your future?

    • What clinical problem, patient population, or Nursing issue interests you to study deeply and investigate? And Why?

Application packets should be emailed to Project Coordinator, Juan Espinoza (jhespinoza@sonnet.ucla.edu) by the deadline.