Summer Program Seminars

The summer program for Visiting Professors at CAPS typically offers the following seminars. The exact combination of seminars varies each year to reflect the needs of each year’s cohort.

Seminars for all Visiting Professors
First Year Seminars
Second Year Seminars
Other Seminars

Seminars for all Visiting Professors

Science Chats. To start the summer program, Visiting Professors and faculty meet together to provide an opportunity for each Visiting Professor to share their research and to receive input for the work they are planning to do during the summer program.  The Visiting Professors learn from each other and the faculty about innovative research methods and theories, and share expertise regarding research with racial and ethnic minority populations. These Science Chats are scheduled in the first two weeks of the summer program.

Collaborative Lunches. Once a week, the Program provides a catered lunch and an extended time to network. Some of the lunches are provided for just the Visiting Professors, while others also include the CAPS program faculty.

Peer Review. In the last two weeks of the program, Visiting Professors submit their summer’s work for a peer review, which is a crucial aspect of the program. For first year Visiting Professors, this is generally their pilot proposal; for second and third year Visiting Professors, this is generally a draft of an NIH research proposal. During the peer review, each Visiting Professor’s summer product is formally reviewed in a one-hour group session by one of the program mentors, a researcher with relevant expertise from outside the Visiting Professor Program, and a Visiting Professor. All mentors and Visiting Professors attend all Program peer reviews. The formal component of each peer review session lasts about 30 minutes, with each peer reviewer offering seven minutes of commentary on the review product. Reviewers also supply written comments to the Visiting Professor whose work is being reviewed. The remaining 30 minutes is used for discussion and for others in attendance to provide additional comments. The discussions among Visiting Professors and mentors during the review are invaluable for refining the Visiting Professors’ proposals.   During the academic year, Visiting Professors may request one or two additional peer reviews. These mid-year peer reviews are typically conducted by conference call with written comments from reviewers shared by e-mail.

First Year Seminars

Research Planning. During a two-hour seminar, the Visiting Professors work with seminar leaders and each other to develop the rationales and theoretical models of their overall, long-term programs of research. They also refine the specific aims, significance and innovation sections and the study approach, including data collection instruments, budgets, and human subjects protocols for their pilot studies. During the seminar, Visiting Professors learn about qualitative research methods, behavioral measurement, and quantitative data management and analysis.  The seminar meets weekly during the first half of the summer program.

Topics in Substance Use and HIV Prevention. National expert seminar leaders present on the latest research on the intersection of substance use and HIV.  The topics of seminars have included the physiological effects of substance use, adolescent development and substance use, the use of social networks for investigating injection and other drug use, and how the criminalization of substance use disproportionately impacts racial and ethnic minority communities.

Human Subjects Protection. Offered by program mentors with experience serving on the UCSF Committee on Human Research (CHR), this seminar covers issues of protecting research participants, including appropriate ways to contact participants, consent issues and language. The seminar also addresses the specific concerns that Visiting Professors may be facing in their work.

Community Collaborations. Offered by the CAPS TIE Core, this seminar examines the theory and process of collaborative research involving academic researchers and community partners. The seminar reviews community collaborative research being conducted by CAPS investigators and addresses ways to initiate and nurture collaborative research relationships.

Budget Development. This  seminar covers issues such as “buying out” teaching time in order to carry out research, working with NIH/CDC project officers in the development of proposal budgets, how to conceptualize budgets and their relationship with the science, and methods for assuring that budgets incorporate all necessary items.

NIH overview. This seminar is hosted by CAPS faculty who have served on NIH review panels and covers various aspects of the NIH grant submission and review process, including “dos” and “don’ts” for grant applicants.

Individual Consults. In addition to the formal activities described above, an important facet of the program is informal one-on-one or small group consultations between UCSF faculty mentors and Visiting Professors and between Visiting Professors.

Second and Third Year Seminars

Research Planning. These weekly two-hour seminars allow scientists analyzing formative data and preparing a grant proposal to receive input from mentors and other participants on how to interpret pilot data and integrate analysis results into a grant proposal. These sessions also provide assistance in other areas of grant writing. Different pairs of mentors co-lead these seminars each week so that Visiting Professors receive exposure to different disciplinary perspectives and expertise.

Intervention Planning. This seminar covers developing and implementing social and behavioral interventions, particularly as they pertain to ethnic and racial minorities. Issues examined include  recruitment and retention of participants into interventions; whether to conduct individual, group or community-level approaches; the “dose” of the intervention; assignment of participants to study conditions; and avoiding intervention contamination of control group participants.

Other Seminars

Additional seminars are offered to participating Visiting Professors as the need arises. Examples include funding opportunities at NIH and CDC and advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods.  Visiting Professors also have the opportunity to attend trainings and seminars that are part of the wider CAPS and UCSF community, such as the CAPS’ Town Halls and Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.



Last modified: October 24, 2011