The IRTI conducts an annual Summer Program to initiate training, mentoring, and networking support for participating pre-doctoral students and early career faculty. The Summer Program is conducted as a 7-day training institute that provides pre-doctoral and early career researchers interested in pursuing a career in Hispanic drug abuse research with a unique training opportunity to develop and build their skills in selected core areas of substance abuse research.

Summer Program instruction is provided by a core faculty of leading NIDA researchers in Hispanic drug abuse. It features a series of interdisciplinary research sessions on topics specific to the socio-behavioral and bio-medical areas of Hispanic drug abuse. The sessions center on imparting general and specialized knowledge as well as specific research skills. Specifically, the Summer Program has the following objectives:

  • To provide practical research skills and basic methodological principles
  • To assist in the development and sharpening of skills that will increase the capacity of participants to conduct research, leading to extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications
  • To promote interest and professional commitment to Hispanic drug abuse research

The Summer Program also serves as the initial meeting between fellows and potential mentors. During the course of the 7-day program, fellows will have the opportunity to meet, consult with, and begin to foster potential mentoring relationships with faculty with expertise in each fellow’s area of interest.

The summer program is held in Los Angeles, California. All expenses associated with travel and lodging are covered by the IRTI.  Additionally, each fellow receives a stipend of $500.