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Frequently Asked Questions

What is TRACC? 2018-01-27T03:59:37+00:00

TRACC is an innovative, multi-institution mentor-ship program intended to help diversify translational addiction research.

What is translational addiction research? 2018-01-27T03:56:24+00:00

Addiction research is comprised of a series of disciplines, from neurobiology to community health. Translational research bridges seemingly distant areas of study in an effort to conduct better science and design care that is more effective. Translational researchers are knowledgeable in more than one field of study, but more importantly, are interested in multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

Who constitutes an underrepresented group in biomedical and behavioral sciences? 2018-01-27T03:55:38+00:00

TRACC follows the National Institute of Health (NIH) description an underrepresented group: Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data a t, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2007, p. 262).The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.-Who can apply?

Students who are:

  • First- or second-years Clinical Psychology Doctoral (Ph.D.) OR
  • Incoming or first-years in Psychology MA OR’
  • Incoming or first-years in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) Program OR
  • Third-year in CUNY Medicine/ Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
  • From a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences.
What are the academic requirements for applying to TRACC? 2018-01-27T03:49:45+00:00

TRACC requires a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.3 and a demonstrated proficiency in research. Along with a completed application form, interested applicants will email unofficial copies of all attended colleges or universities. For detailed instructions and an application form, please email

Can I apply if I am not from one of the above-identified underrepresented groups? 2018-01-27T03:48:54+00:00

TRACC is committed to the mentorship of individuals who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences as defined by the NIH. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that under-representation can vary from setting to setting and encourage applicants from all ethnic and racial minorities as well as economically disadvantaged groups to apply.

Are letters of recommendation required? If so, whom should I ask for a letter? 2018-01-27T03:48:09+00:00

Yes, TRACC requires two letters of recommendation from professors or instructors familiar with your academic work and professional goals. Each letter should address your potential for scientific research in addiction and/or neurobiology fields. Letters must come directly from the reference; we will not accept recommendation letters sent to us by the applicant. Recommendation letter forms to provide each reference are available.

If accepted, how long is my commitment to TRACC? 2018-01-27T03:47:20+00:00

TRACC asks for a two-year commitment from MA, MHC, and CUNY School of Medicine/ Sophie Davis students. A commitment is three years for Ph.D. students.

Two years is a long time, why so long? 2018-01-27T03:46:28+00:00

We feel that two years is the minimum amount of time that we can expect students to: 1.) Foster meaningful relationships with their mentors. 2.) Develop and execute a research plan. 3.) Apply and gain admission to either a MD or PhD program.

What is a typical week in the life of a TRACC scholar? 2018-01-27T03:45:50+00:00

Each TRACC scholar has his/her own individualized research plan. A typical week may vary widely from research lab to research lab. However, TRACC scholars come together on a weekly basis for either a mentor-run Seminar or scholar-led Journal Club.

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