Scholarship Oversight Committee

In collaboration with the PD/PIs and the Advisory Committee, Scholarship Oversight Committees will be customized to serve the needs of each scholar. They will be composed of each scholar’s mentors plus 3 persons selected for expertise relevant to the scholar’s research proposal. Scholarship Oversight Committees may contain one or more members of the Advisory Committee and will be chaired by a member other than a Mentor who is named by the PD/PIs. The composition (2 Mentors, 3 others) and designation of Chair (non-mentor) are intended to provide external viewpoints to balance those of the mentors and increase the multidisciplinary advice to the scholar. The Committees will provide the kind of oversight and advocacy for the scholar that a traditional thesis committee provides for Ph.D. degree candidates. The Committee will meet with the scholar formally four times a year and will provide written feedback concerning the scholar’s development and her/his research project for the scholar, mentors, PD/PIs, and the Advisory Committee.

Specifically, they will evaluate the scholar’s development of independence (presentations, mentor’s evaluation), scholarship (publications, extramural support), management ability (grant budget management, laboratory management), and collaboration skills (both within her/his laboratory environment and with external collaborators). They will evaluate the Project for feasibility, soundness, scientific importance, value to the scholar’s career development, likelihood of generating publishable results within the time available, and adequacy of resources committed.

They also will serve as a supplemental check on protocol design, human subjects assurances, informed consent, estimated power requirements, and other aspects of the responsible conduct of research. The Chair will prepare brief (one page) reports of meetings that identify weaknesses and strengths in the interim results and proposed studies and make recommendations for the prioritization of research goals. If necessary, the Committee may make recommendations to change projects or mentors or may meet more frequently than four times a year with the scholar. The Chair will communicate the written report and a verbal summary to the scholar, and the reports will be reviewed by the PD/PIs and the Advisory Committee and preserved by the Program Office.