Interested in doing research or planning on a career in research? At Bastyr, you can pursue many opportunities to develop basic science, clinical trial, epidemiological and other research skills. In fact, many students choose to attend Bastyr because of its excellent research reputation. The opportunity to become trained in scientific research methods, to work with faculty investigators on a wide range of research questions and the potential to publish that work in leading peer-reviewed journals are some of the many benefits of attending Bastyr.
Although students have been involved in research at the University for years, 2010 has seen the additional development of a specific Center for Student Research at Bastyr. The center is a central access point for students seeking to do research and coordinates research opportunities, helping students connect with interested Bastyr faculty and researchers. A principal goal of the center is to enhance research opportunities for students and to expand the culture of research at Bastyr.
The Bastyr University Research Institute is an active, dynamic research center that has been conducting innovative studies on CAM-related topics since 1984. The institute also regularly collaborates with major research facilities locally and internationally. Students can help Bastyr scientists with grant-funded research projects through various paid and volunteer positions, including a number of work-study jobs.
Bastyr is fortunate to have a T32 training grant program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which enables the University to train six predoctoral students each summer as well as four postdoctoral fellows for three-year appointments. The program prepares candidates for careers as CAM research scholars and clinical investigators. The purpose of the program is to support the cross-training of traditional and CAM scientists; students receive mentoring not only from Bastyr faculty members but also from faculty from the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, VA Hospital and Washington State University.
In 2006, Bastyr received a four-year N-PREP grant, which is an NIH educational grant with the sole purpose of increasing the quality and quantity of research content in the naturopathic medicine curriculum. This four-year grant has resulted in a number of new research-based courses available to Bastyr's naturopathic students, a clinical teaching exchange between the University of Washington and Bastyr, and the development of an annual CAM research conference on campus.
This is just a sample of the opportunities available, and the Center for Student Research is increasing the number of opportunities every day. Learn more about the Bastyr University Research Institute and the Center for Student Research.
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