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Pilot Program

Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research

Pilot Program Overview

The Texas RCMAR selects pilot projects annually. A structured mentoring program provides skills and research experience necessary to help Scholars become independent investigators and future leaders in aging research. Scholars will acquire extensive research experience; generate, analyze, present and publish research data; and become equipped to compete for independent external research funding (e.g., K01, R01, etc).

Career Development

Each Texas RCMAR Pilot PI will develop an individualized plan that includes specific learning and mentoring needs, relevant educational activities, plans for pilot study generated publications, and goals related to future funding. Scholars are encouraged to participate in the mentoring activities of the Sealy Center on Aging, UTMB Pepper Center, and UTMB Clinical Translational Sciences Award (CTSA), as well as additional programs at consortium institutions. 

Pilot Research Project

A significant part of the career development plan for each Texas RCMAR Pilot PI is the pilot research project. The pilot study involves a mentored, hands-on, research experience that will form the basis for future research development. Each pilot study will involve the preparation of a research proposal, with specific objectives and a sound research design, the concurrent development of an application for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, analysis/collection of data, presentation of data in seminars, research team meetings, and annual ICAA conference; submission of an abstract for presentation at regional or national scientific meetings, publication of the study results in peer-reviewed journals, and use of the pilot data to develop an external research grant application.

Current Scholars2023-2024

Contact Us

Kelley Prevou Sitgreaves, Research Project Manager
Phone: (409) 747-1987
Fax:  (409) 772-8931
Mailing address:
Rebecca Sealy 6.622 4.530
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, Texas 77555-0177

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Last updated: June 10, 2024

The Texas Resource Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) is based at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). It includes mentors from UTMB, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin. Funding is provided by the National Institute on Aging, Grant Number P30AG059301. Contact Roxann Grover, MA regarding updates to this content.