Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

Preceptor Appointments and Responsibilities

Cancer Biology Training Grant Preceptors

Appointments and Responsibilities

The Cancer Biology Training Grant (CBGT) Steering Committee has established the following criteria for training grant preceptor status:

  1. Membership in the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center
  2. Nationally peer-reviewed funding
  3. A research program focused on or relevant to the cancer problemMicrobiology, Immunology & Cancer Biology (MICaB), Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology & Genetics (MCDB&G), Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics (BMBB), Pharmacology
  4. Membership in one of the graduate programs associated with the training grant; 
  5. A track record in training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. A minimal requirement is the mentoring of at least one graduate student through the successful completion of the preliminary examination in the appropriate graduate program.
  6. A commitment to participate in teaching of MICa 8004, our graduate-level course in Cancer Biology and/or MICa 8005, our new graduate-level course in translational cancer research
  7. A commitment to participate in the weekly Cancer Biology Journal/Research Club meetings

Faculty members interested in becoming a CBTG preceptor must submit an application to the Program Director, documenting their national peer-reviewed funding, a summary of their research, their training record and a written commitment to participate in CBTG activities. Using the preceptor criteria listed above, the application is then reviewed and evaluated by the CBTG Steering Committee. A unanimous vote of the steering committee is required. All current CBTG preceptors are reviewed every year by the steering committee to make sure that they continue to meet the criteria for status as a preceptor.

Newly recruited faculty with a strong cancer research focus may be selected as preceptors, however, any trainees appointed from these laboratories must identify another CBTG preceptor (professor or associate professor) as a co-advisor. In addition, the trainee, primary preceptor and co-advisor must meet every six months with the steering committee to discuss the progress of the trainee. These meetings are in addition to the usual progress reviews established by the CBTG and individual graduate programs.


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