Welcome to the PennPORT Program!
Penn - Postdoctoral Opportunities in Research and Teaching (PennPORT), an NIH sponsored, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellowship, supported by the NIH division of NIGMS awarded August 2007.
The NIH sponsored PennPORT program combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience at the University of Pennsylvania with a mentored teaching experience at a partnering institution. The Program is designed to provide an opportunity for postdoctoral appointees to develop their teaching skills. An integral part of the program is formal instruction in pedagogical methods from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Teaching and Learning. Postdocs will also be able to take advantage of the many research and career success skills training programs provided by Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP).
The partnering institutions are Delaware County Community College, Lincoln University and Rutgers University Camden Campus. All institutions are minority serving institutions in the Philadelphia locality. The PennPORT program is intended to enhance research-oriented teaching at partner institutions, foster collaboration in research and teaching between the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and that of partner minority-serving institutions, and encourage undergraduates to enter a career in biomedical research. Since we wish to provide role models for the undergraduates at our partner institutions, candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Eligible postdocs must provide proof of a doctoral degree and must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. We provide health benefits, stipend, support for research and teaching supplies, course development, and travel to attend two professional meetings, one being the IRACDA annual conference. The tenure for each fellowship is three years.
To learn more, see the PennPORT alumni highlights in Science Magazine! Teaching Postdocs to Be Professors - Science Careers - Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Faculty, Postdoc jobs on Science Careers
Stay tuned for when we will host our next Virtual Recruitment Session!
Fellow Spotlight featuring Steven Foltz, PhD
I'm really into understanding the conditions necessary for things to work -- everything from home improvement projects to the ways cancer cells evolve. Studying math as an undergrad gave me a framework for establishing the rules that govern systems, but my graduate training in biostatistics and cancer genetics made me appreciate how biology tends to bend those rules. I try to emphasize this uncertainty in the classroom by integrating data analysis into our limited textbook understanding of how things work. This semester, I am teaching Statistics for Biological Research at Rutgers University Camden, and I am developing a project-based cancer genomics course for the spring. In both classes, I want students to be engaged in the process of doing science, to learn through experience, and be comfortable with this notion of uncertainty. At home, I am witnessing a different kind of learning through experience as our baby discovers his surroundings and explores new things. Seeing through his eyes has reemphasized the urgency of working to create the kind of world we want to live in: a system governed by environmental, economic, gender, and racial justice and equity. For me, PennPORT has built a structure for career development and personal exploration that aligns with our shared imperative to promote justice and equity in biomedical research and higher education. Our conversations, on everything from syllabus design to committee meetings, are grounded in the mission of structural change that empowers a diverse and inclusive community. These are lessons we can practice now and which we will carry with us as we bend the existing rules and create conditions necessary for this "thing" - a just society guided by fairness and equality - to work.