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Is there a future for you in Translational Research (TR)? BCTR can help you explore the possibilities.

Christy Heib presenting at the 2012 Student Showcase

With its dual emphasis on research and practice, careers in TR attract those who seek both scientific grounding and community relevance. The BCTR engages undergraduate and graduate students in research and outreach programs for credit, as work-study and regularly paid employees, as honor’s thesis students, as graduate research assistants, and as graduate students conducting masters and doctoral thesis research.

Explore what BCTR has to offer you!

  • Attend events: BCTR sponsors talks and lectures throughout the academic year. All are welcome to join us for BCTR Talks at Twelve, informal presentations, and discussion on TR topics, as well as lectures by eminent scholars and practitioners held throughout the year.
  • Learn about BCTR projects: To better understand what TR looks like in action, investigate BCTR projects in early childhood, youth development, military families, aging, and more. Some of these projects offer research assistant positions for students.
  • Find out what other students have done: Read student profiles to get a sense of how the BCTR has contributed to the lives and careers of undergraduate and graduate students.
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  • Get in touch: Once you have familiarized yourself with the center, contact BCTR student liaison Patty Thayer at to talk about next steps.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students can become more formally involved with BCTR through for-credit, work-study, or paid positions within BCTR projects. Students gain direct experience with research and analysis in real-world projects, collaborating with project staff and other students. For some, involvement with the BCTR has led to a deeper commitment to TR, as well as the contacts and experience to pursue a future in the field.

The center administers the Gerontology Minor. Undergrads from any major who complete 12 credits in approved courses are eligible to receive the minor. The program offers opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in faculty research projects examining aspects of aging.

BCTR also supports its community of students through special events, including:

  • Meet and Greet events for research assistants
  • Student Poster Day
  • Grad/undergrad mixer

Graduate Students

There are a number of ways graduate students can become involved with BCTR, ranging from graduate seminars to formal affiliation with the center.

  • HD-6680 - Seminar in Translational Research: Offered by John Eckenrode, director of BCTR, this graduate seminar explores the growing research literature on the evaluation and implementation of evidence-based programs in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • HD-6510 - Seminar on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Scientific Research in Health Disparities: Offered by Elaine Wethington, associate director of BCTR, this course introduces doctoral students to the principles and practices of community-based participatory research (CBPR) on health disparities.
  • HD-6520 - Translational Research on Aging Research Seminar: Co-lead by researchers in Ithaca and NYC, this seminar involves Ph.D. students in multidisciplinary research, proposal development, and journal article development in the area of aging and health. The course is organized as a work-in-progress seminar, video conferenced between the Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medical College. At each monthly videoconference, participants discuss two or three works in progress, including grant proposals, funding opportunities, and papers about to be submitted.
  • Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA): BCTR invites applications from College of Human Ecology graduate students from any department for GRA support. In the past, one-semester assistantships of 15 hours per week have been funded for the fall semester, with the possibility of extension into the spring semester. The GRAs are located in the BCTR and are intended to further the work of current BCTR projects and the BCTR as a whole. To be notified of the next funding announcement, please contact Patty Thayer.
  • Talks at Twelve: This lecture series affords graduate students the opportunity to share the results of their work and gain experience giving conference-style presentations. Center staff and researchers along with community members and stakeholders are invited to attend. If you are a BCTR-affiliated grad student interested in delivering a Talk at Twelve, please contact Patty Thayer.