About PERT

  • RESEARCH training is available under the supervision of one or more participating CIS faculty members in a wide range of academic units. (For detailed descriptions of CIS faculty research select Faculty from the menu.) Collaborative, interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective research mentors as early as possible in the application process. Starting salary for program participants will be consistent with the NIH scale, and includes an annual allowance for research supplies, travel and teaching materials. The Center for Insect Science provides a rich environment for research training through regular seminars, pedagogical and ethics events, Visiting Distinguished Scientist series and Hexapodium events.
  • TEACHING skills will be developed through participation in a two semester science pedagogy program simultaneously with trainee research. Flexibility exists with respect to which two semesters will be the pedagogy semesters for each trainee. During one semester, each trainee will attend a pedagogy workshop which was specially designed for them.  In a subsequent semester, the trainee will teach one undergraduate course and laboratory section at Pima Community College (PCC), near the University of Arizona, under the direction of a PCC teaching mentor.
  • MENTORING skills will be developed through the supervision of a research project by one or more undergraduate students. Undergraduate research projects may be subcomponents of the trainee's own research.
  • SERVICE to the CIS community will involve the PERT seminar series in which trainees select, invite and host a distinguished scientist to deliver a special seminar each semester at the University of Arizona.
  • SURVIVAL SKILLS will be shared with trainees through visiting guest speakers who share their experiences regarding grant writing, the job application process, promotion and tenure strategies and the integration of research, teaching, and service in an academic career. Many events utilize the strengths of the CIS faculty, including members of the National Academy of Sciences, MacArthur Fellows, Regents' Professors and other distinguished scientists.  Events regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research (Ethics) are regularly offered by the University of Arizona and individual departments.