FuseCR Awarded Community Engagement Grant

FuseCR Awarded Community Engagement Grant

The College of Health and Human Services’ Center for Clinical Research Workforce Development (FuseCR) was awarded a $5,000 grant from UNC Wilmington’s Office of Community Engagement to develop MentorCR: FuseCR Mentoring Program.

MentorCR  will pair undergraduate students majoring in clinical research with experienced industry professionals in a formal, structured partnership that will span the 2018-19 academic year. Engagement opportunities and leadership seminars will be offered to further the student’s careers and the industry professional’s mentorship skills, while building professional relationships within the clinical research industry.

“Mentoring relationships offer career and personal benefits to both mentors and mentees,” FuseCR Coordinator Tiffany Erichsen said. “The FuseCR mentorship program will provide an additional platform for our students to engage with local professionals and for our clinical research community to engage with our students on a personal and professional level, while benefiting their careers and the local industry as a whole.”

In late August and early September, FuseCR will hold informational sessions for potential mentors and mentees. Student applications will be due mid-September. For more information, visit uncw.edu/chhs/community/fusecr/index.html.

FuseCR is a collaborative designed to ignite a new synergy between UNC Wilmington and the field of clinical research. By fusing resources and knowledge from academia and industry, FuseCR is energizing the local clinical research talent with powerful career and industry enhancing services.

FuseCR was formed by UNCW the School of Nursing’s Clinical Research Program and faculty from the Math and Statistics Department in partnership with the NC Biotechnology Center Southeastern Office and the NC Coast Clinical Research Initiative.  The project was partially funded by a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to strengthen the workforce for the local clinical research industry.