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, which occurs simultaneously with trainee research. Flexibility exists with respect to which two semesters will be the pedagogy semesters for each trainee but typically the second year of the postdoctoral fellowship focuses on teaching.  During one semester, each trainee will choose and work with their chosen teaching mentor at Pima Community College (PCC). As preparation to teach, trainees will attend a pedagogy workshop which was especially designed for them.  In a subsequent semester, the trainee will teach one undergraduate course and laboratory section at PCC, near the University of Arizona, under the direction of a their teaching mentor.  Teaching for a second semester is allowable, with research and teaching mentor approval.
  • 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. PERT trainees also serve on many other University committees, and become involved in community events, such as science fair judges and as speakers to local groups.
  • SURVIVAL SKILLS will be shared with trainees through visiting guest speakers who are nominated and voted upon by the trainees.  Guest speakers share their experiences regarding the job application process, transitioning from a postdoctoral to faculty position, promotion and tenure strategies, balancing work and family, 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.  Helpful events are held regularly on campus by the University of Arizona Postdoctoral Association and the UA Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  Finally, the UA Office of Research, Diversity and Innovation regularly offers courses on the Responsible Conduct of Research (Ethics).  Indeed, the University of Arizona provides a rich and diverse environment for postdoctoral training.