To expand perspectives of doctoral graduates, so that they can apply their knowledge to diverse, medically underserved populations PATHS-UP will require all funded PhD students to participate in a one-month experiential learning opportunity (industy internship, outreach or community based participatory research, or in a global experience program). The activity will be designed in consultation with the students and their primary PATHS-UP advisors and be related to both their research and future career goals.
For example, if a student has plans to pursue career in industry and is developing wearable technologies (Thrust 3) for PATHS-UP, they may undertake an internship in one of our IPAB companies. Similarly, a student interested in understanding the nuances of developing microfluidic technologies (Thrust 1) or hand-held technologies (Thrust 2) in a global environment, can participate with one of our international partners in a global research experience. As another example, a student working on the development of a model system (Thrust 4) that requires understanding more about point of use and environment for which they are designing will engage with the test bed communities.