CERSI Scholars Now Accepting Applications
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Are you an affiliate of Georgetown University or MedStar Health who is committed to improving public health or medical product development through research and education?

CERSI Scholars will raise awareness among their peers and throughout their careers about regulatory science and how its application can improve innovation in medical product development. This program will elevate training and mentorship opportunities for rising leaders in regulatory science, clinical and translational research and public health.

CERSI Scholars is a collaborative effort between the Georgetown University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), and MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI). The program engages individuals who are deeply committed to public health and actively pursuing research, education, or training in regulatory science at Georgetown University or MedStar Health.

Regulatory Science is an interdisciplinary area of scientific research that aims to enhance the development of safe and effective medical products. Regulatory science relies on a community of scientists from diverse fields to collaborate in new ways, to generate new knowledge that will inform the regulatory decision-making process.

“Personally, as an early career researcher, the CERSI program gave me the recognition and motivation to move my research idea forward despite the busyness of my role supporting much larger grants,” said Erica Savage “The CERSI program is also useful in making connections across MedStar, Georgetown, and the FDA. I found the seminar speakers to be interesting and helpful in thinking about new ways to think about research at MedStar.” Ms. Savage is a project manager at MedStar’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and MedStar Ambulatory Services Quality and Safety. In additional to health IT research, Ms. Savagefocuses primarily on human factors and safety consultations and is the project manager on several MedStar Health committees that aim to optimize processes and culture to improve safety and outcomes.



CERSI Scholars are provided with research stipends of up to $5,000 for application towards related activities, such as support ongoing research, fees associated with peer-review publication, or travel costs to research conferences.

CERSI Scholars will have access to structured mentoring from Georgetown and MedStar faculty whose work involves regulatory science as well as FDA staff and scientists.


Duration and Program Activities

This is a one-year program, which will allow Scholars to engage with their peers and thought leaders from industry, academia and the FDA to discuss important topics in regulatory science.

Scholars will be required to attend all seminars and will be expected to give a presentation on their work.


Application Criteria

The full request for applications can be found here. The following materials will need to be submitted, in the order listed, as a single PDF:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum vitae or Resume
  • Regulatory Science Research Proposal (1-2 pages)
  • One professional letter of reference from Georgetown or MedStar faculty or staff
  • Submit applications to Daphne Guinn, PhD via email (dag137@geogetown.edu) by June 15, 2017.


For more information, you are invited to attend the CERSI Scholars Seminar, Reception and Information Session
Wednesday, May 17
Seminar: 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Reception & Information Session: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
2115 Wisconsin Ave NW, Room 106
Please RSVP by May 15 to Daphne Guinn at dag137@georgetown.edu

The full request for applications is available at https://regulatoryscience.georgetown.edu/CERSIscholars

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