STAR Fellowship Program

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The Steps Toward Academic Research (STAR) Fellowship Program is a uniquely successful fellowship program designed for junior faculty and community partners who are interested in Health Disparity Research. The Program offers a full year of collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the UNTHSC and other institutions, directed toward fostering Health Disparities Research Initiatives. Fellows arrive Thursday evening and participate in all-day activities on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday afternoon departure. Every other month, STAR Fellows participate in an electronic meeting at their home institution. Topics and activities are led by UNTHSC faculty and professional partners of the Texas Center of Health Disparities. Each Fellow will partner either with a community-based researcher or basic-science researcher to develop a research project for potential funding.

The STAR Fellowship Program, is a program designed for junior faculty and community leaders who are interested in Health Disparity Research. The STAR (Steps Toward Academic Research) Fellowship Program, offers a full year of collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the UNTHSC and other institutions, directed toward fostering Health Disparities Research Initiatives.

Ten STAR fellows will be selected to include five research faculty and five community fellows. Faculty Fellows are junior research faculty while Community Fellows will include community stakeholders and leaders who are interested in learning more about research.  The program provides a unique approach that will combine on-site faculty development and education with distant learning techniques that include video conferencing, on-line digital meetings, and “store and forward” technology in order to provide the skills necessary to STARS Fellows to enter into new health disparities research initiatives.

The primary objective of the fellowship program is to enhance fellows’ skills in writing successful grants. Preference is given to applicants who are not yet funded.

Synopsis of STAR Fellowship Program

The STAR Fellowship Program has included an incoming class of five junior faculty from URM and non-URM partner institutions and five community stakeholders interested in conducting health disparity research.

Participants are selected based on interest in learning more about research design, interpretation of results, developing working partnerships with researchers that can lead to enhanced capacity to pursue academic and non-academic career paths focused on eliminating health disparities.

Training is directed toward the development of a research question based on a community-specific health disparity problem, the translation of that question into a hypothesis-based research proposal with feasible goals and specific aims, and the submission of a proposal.

Each STAR Fellow is assigned a UNTHSC faculty mentor and submits a proposal for peer-review. Proposals are selected for funding, and the awardees are announced at the Annual Texas Center for Health Disparities Conference for implementation the following year.

Eusebius Small, PhDSTAR Fellowship is helping me in rethinking, reevaluating my research goals constantly as it offers new ideas on how to address the perennial social problems. It connects me with amazing reservoir of resources in terms of experts in my area of study and a host of networking opportunities. The idea of coming together as a team with members of the community to think through, evaluate and communicate social needs is absolutely important.

– Eusebius Small, PhD, Assistant Professor

“Training the next generation of Health Disparity Researchers”

Since 2005, The Texas Center For Health Disparities (TCHD) at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas has served as a resource for minority communities to disseminate health information, to promote community participation in health education and research, and to implement disease prevention activities.

The STAR Fellowship Program is a uniquely successful Fellowship Program designed for junior faculty and community partners who are interested in Health Disparity Research. The Program offers a full year of collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the UNTHSC and other institutions, directed toward fostering professional development and Health Disparities Research Initiatives.

Who are the participants?

Participants from across the U.S., have completed the STAR Fellowship Program. Ten STAR Fellows are selected to include five research faculty and five community fellows. Faculty Fellows are junior research faculty while Community Fellows will include community stakeholders and leaders who are interested in learning more about research.

Program Highlights

  • Year-long on-site and on-line workshops on concepts in health disparities
  • One-on-one mentorship with TCHD faculty
  • Professional development and grantsmanship workshops
  • Attendance at National TCHD Conference
  • Competitive pilot-funding

STAR Fellowship Program Success

  • $1.8 Million in research funds acquired by STAR Fellows
  • STAR Fellows have been appointed and/or promoted to tenured-track academic faculty positions
  • Established national recognition