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SABER • IRACDA Program of Study for SABER Scholars

SABER is a 4-year training program that begins with state-of-the-art research training (100% effort). During the 1st year (Year 0), Scholars are supported by non-program funds that could include their research mentor's funds or institutional training grants. Scholars will meet with Teaching Mentors and assess future opportunities.

In the 2nd year of training (Year 1 of full SABER support), Scholars begin transitioning to Teacher Training (10% effort).  They continue to learn from and interact with a vigorous, well-funded network of researchers. In addition, Teaching Mentors will be assigned and Scholars will shadow their teaching mentor in daily activities.

In the 3rd year (Year 2 of full SABER support), Teacher Training increases to 25% effort with an emphasis on mentoring undergraduates, including more shadowing of mentor lectures and preparation of guest lectures and modules. Scholars will attend one of two national workshops geared towards innovative teaching practices.

In the final year of the program (Year 3 of full SABER support), emphasis on teaching and career development activities increases to 55% effort.  Scholars will teach a full science course at either StMU or OLLU.  Scholars will also learn to develop research programs more amenable to the environment of undergraduate institutions. 


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Supported, in part, by a PHS grant (K12 GM111726), San Antonio Biomedical Education and Research, from the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA).