Quotes about the program

From the 2012 summer program

“I won the NIH Loan Repayment Program as a result of my work of the work I have done with the mentors. I have also established research collaborations as a result of the networking that was established by the mentors.”

“This is the only time during the year that I get to devote my entire efforts to developing this project. During the year, I have to teach, serve on committees and do other things. In addition, CAPS provides access to the resources, faculty mentors, scholars, and structured time that I would not have during a typical summer.”

“Having access to the CAPS faculty during the program was invaluable because we have individual time with them to focus on our project alone, bringing their skills and expertise to bear in the meetings.”

“I enjoy the face time with my primary mentor and the option to meet with other faculty in person.”

“To have the opportunity to work closely with nationally recognized experts in this field – people who are invested in your success almost as much as you are – is perhaps the most valuable aspect of this program. I have participated in other training programs, but nothing like this.”

“The unique aspect of CAPS is the sustainability. You really get the sense that you are joining a family of researchers with the same goals: to reduce health disparities and HIV prevalence. It is a collection of scientist who working from various angles to help eradicate this epidemic. It is a great environment.”

“Day and day out, I was consumed by nothing else but my project; as a result, I made incredible progress. This progress could not have been achieved at home with distractions of work and family.”

“Faculty members have helped me deepen my own ideas about HIV prevention as well as helping me find new data sets to explore my ideas. Being able to build personal, in-person relationships with CAPS faculty has helped me build stronger collaborative networks that led to new writing projects and potential grants and opportunities to strengthen existing manuscripts.”

“The benefits of being able to connect with faculty mentors in person while at CAPS are countless. We were able to have access to mentors in realtime, and the access to get feedback through science chats. I was able to have individual meetings to share my ideas and get comments or a different perspective. I was able to do mock qualitative face-to-face interviews with mentors and get feedback in preparation for conducting the actual interviews once my pilot study begins. I had access to CAPS resources that are not accessible online.”

From the 2011 summer program

“The VP CAPS program is an outstanding opportunity to learn about writing NIH grants, deepen methodological skills, and build strong collaborative relationships with colleagues.”

“This is the most supportive and intellectually stimulating environment that I have ever had the pleasure of participating in.”

“It was great to see the trajectory of the research careers of each scholar. Their warmth and support was really wonderful.”

“This program connected me to an amazing network of senior scientists conducting research directly related to my own research interests and passions. I’ve been connected with other junior faculty and research scientists – relationships that support my own intellectual and scholarly growth.”

From the 2010 summer program

“The VP program expanded my knowledge and skill base exponentially. More importantly, I became part of a lifelong community of researchers and collaborators dedicated to high quality HIV prevention research. It was an invaluable experience, and I still have two more years to go!”

“The unique training environment provided by CAPS is unparalleled. CAPS faculty engage with your work in ways that improve one’s ability to conduct the type of research necessary to meaningfully address HIV/AIDS-related disparities in ethnic minority communities. I am a better scientist because of my time at CAPS.”

“The intellectually challenging yet supportive environment of CAPS provided me with an opportunity to discuss and conceptualize my ideas with a group of experts who expressed a genuine interest in the success my program of research and career.”

“The CAPS VP program lives up to the hype (and more). The time that I spent learning with and from the faculty and other visiting professors has helped to accelerate my program of research and strengthened my confidence in my abilities as a scientist in the field of HIV prevention research.”

From the 2008 summer program

“Fantastic program. Really helped my productivity and helped me create a grant proposal that I was really proud of.”

“One of the best experiences of my professional training… The faculty is extremely knowledgeable about scientific research, publishing and the whole grant writing and review process…something critical for any junior faculty like me… Moreover, the relationships formed between the VP and their Mentor last forever…I am getting way much more out of the program than I expected!”

“The VP program is a home away from home. The faculty have always been very encouraging and supportive of my ideas and research goals. They provided advice about the nuts and bolts of putting together a successful research plan, as well as offered their wisdom on how to navigate life as successful independent researcher. I’ve got the grants but more importantly I have colleagues and friends I can call upon for a lifetime. Anyone looking to be a successful HIV prevention researcher in communities of color would benefit greatly from the program.”

“The faculty are extremely talented and committed to supporting the VPs. There is a “real” commitment to seeing us do well.”

From the 2007 summer program

“As HIV is further recognized as a disease of the disenfranchised, the VP program is an important social justice response. Bringing together highly trained scientists to receive additional support to effect change is a most significant contribution in the fight against HIV disease.”

“Come prepared to work hard, risk being fully exhausted at the end of the summer fellowship, but learn and grow intellectually in ways you never imagined.”

“It’s difficult to put into words the professional contributions of this program. It has an impact that is broad-based and time-released, providing contacts and support structures that allow the fellow to realize professional goals with maximal success, while meeting the individual where he/she is currently located in terms of scholarly development.”

From the 2006 summer program

“The program has helped to strengthen my research development skills with every visit. The scholarly interaction between the faculty and the visiting professors is scientifically stimulating.”

“The CAPS VP program breathes new life into the research world by giving a voice to junior faculty who have fresh ideas and experiences from different perspectives. This is a very hands on and personalized program which takes a lot of hard work and tenacity. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. CAPS faculty values VP ideas, while simultaneously giving critical feedback on theory development and grantsmanship. The program assists our success as scientists and ultimately our goal of curbing the HIV epidemic in communities of color.”

“The CAPS program is a model training program for individuals committed to research in ethnic minority communities. The program provides high quality scientific mentoring and effectively trains investigators to become competitive in seeking federal funding. “

“The VP program at CAPS provides an unparalleled opportunity to receive training to help fight HIV disease from a research perspective. The intellectual generosity and supportive endeavors of the faculty inspire dedicated researchers to learn more and strive for higher quality research acumen and skill. Through my training here, I am convinced that the future beneficiaries of my research will owe a debt of gratitude to the faculty and peer VPs of the VP program.”

“Every aspect of my experience in the Visiting Professors program was extraordinarily helpful. The faculty at CAPS has vision and a deep sense of commitment to work with the Visiting Professors. The breadth of scholarly expertise in HIV and AIDS prevention along with a caring work ethic were core elements of the program.”

From the 2005 summer program

“What a wonderful opportunity! This program gave me the chance to think intensely about my line of research for six (mostly) uninterrupted weeks; something that rarely happens during the academic year. It also gave me the chance to get good feedback about my work from colleagues doing similar work across different disciplines. The workshops on writing grants and qualitative methodologies were especially useful.”

“The program has had an undeniably positive impact on my professional development. It has been an extremely rewarding experience in multiple ways.”

“Come prepared to work hard and learn an incredible amount. This program is not for the “faint of heart,” but you will reap endless dividends.”

“This program was so amazing. I had the chance to meet other faculty across the country with similar interests and learn from them. The feedback regarding my project and more importantly how to best chart my research career was invaluable. This program is like no other! I feel very honored to have been selected as a VP.”

“You come with your research idea and you leave with a support network of faculty and colleagues as well as renewed passion and belief in the value of HIV prevention research.”

From the 2004 summer program

“This is an outstanding program. It is a diverse, supportive, and intellectually stimulating group of scholars and you will find your work all the better for it. And for that, we give a lot to each other and truly embrace the spirit of scholarly collaboration, gentle but rigorous critique, and encouragement of each other’s research endeavors.”

“This was a fantastic and potentially career-changing experience! The Minorities program at CAPS puts the Visiting Professors through what an anthropologist might call a “rite of passage,” and we are inevitably transformed (and for the better) through the process. This is also a demystifying process, since the support of the faculty in the program takes much of the mystery out of pursuing research support, and makes us feel we have the professional support to guide us through each step in the process.”

“My research and ideas were pushed in so may unexpected directions. I got little of what I had originally expected but exactly what I need to deepen my program of research.”

“The program is helpful in so many ways; an extremely well-crafted career development training ground, offering an ideal combination of support and encouragement, critical feedback, skills-building, and networking.”

From the 2003 summer program

“An excellent program that guides you along the research process in practical ways that traditional academic programs cannot.”

“The program provides an abundance of resources, all directed towards our development as researchers. I felt fully supported but also strongly challenged to hone my thinking. Thank you so much for a truly enriching experience that will have a major impact on my research career direction.”

“This is the type of program that can change your academic trajectory, particularly if you are reliant on soft money for survival.”

From the 2002 summer program

“Having been afforded the opportunity and privileged to get away from the “hustle and bustle” of academia to focus primarily of my program of research, with a group of “like thinkers” is something that I will value always. I strongly recommend this program to anyone who is engaged in or plans to engage in HIV prevention research with populations who are not mainstreamed.”

“The faculty and other VP’s have a genuine interest in helping us develop our work. This type of supportive community of HIV prevention researchers is a rare find for researchers of color.”

“This is an excellent program. It is a pleasure to share ideas with smart and concerned scholars who share a deep commitment to the wonderful communities to which we belong. The program is vital to our development as scholars and contributors of scholarly work.”

“This program promotes individual growth as a scientist within a professional non-minority and minority scientist network. The key to this program is to encourage and support the VPs to develop as scientists and to conduct scientific studies in HIV/AIDS research in different ethnic groups. The program also encourages the VPs to replicate the process of mentoring with others in their home universities.”

From the 2001 summer program

“It is a comprehensive program which is flexible and individualized to address each VP’s research topic. Professional mentoring to conduct scientific research in ethnic minority communities is the key of this program.”

“Unequivocally, my visiting professorship in the Collaborative HIV-Prevention Research in Minority Communities Program was the most intellectually stimulating and professionally fulfilling experience that I have had to date.”

From the 2000 summer program

“My experiences with this program have been extremely positive, due in large part to the collaborative spirit among the visiting professors and the sense of commitment to both the program and my work on behalf of the collaborators.”

“The opportunities provided by this program for networking, professional development and collaboration with experienced researchers who care about my work has been invaluable to me.”

From the 1999 summer program

“This program has been and should remain a model for development of junior faculty working with communities of color, not only in the area of HIV prevention, but in other areas of scientific research and community action. The intensity of the program, occurring over three summers; its long-term commitment to the visiting professors’ development; its impact on federal agencies; its contribution to science at the intersection of public health and culture; and most importantly, the supportive community it builds for faculty who often face unique challenges at their home institutions, are incomparable. The program deserves not only to be supported as generously as possible, but replicated in other fields of scientific research where investigators of color, and studies relevant to communities of color, are woefully under-represented.”

“The CAPS VP program has, without a doubt, been one of the most rewarding professional experiences that I have had to date. I feel honored to have spent three summers working with a group of people who share my commitment to groundbreaking HIV/AIDS research and interventions in communities of color. The CAPS faculty and other visiting professors are the most generous, supportive and intellectually innovative people that I’ve met during the course of my career. As for the program itself, I believe that being a part of it has had an invaluable impact on every aspect of my professional life. In short, I am a more critical and innovative thinker and a better teacher, researcher and writer as a consequence of this fabulous program.”

From the 1998 summer program

“The interactions with colleagues working on HIV/AIDS in minority populations and with CAPS faculty make this program a wonderful and supportive intellectual experience.”

“The interactions with colleagues working on HIV/AIDS in minority populations and with CAPS faculty make this program a wonderful and supportive intellectual experience.”

From the 1997 summer program

“The grant management seminar was valuable! Experienced grant managers shared concrete suggestions for project management, especially within the personnel domain. Presenters at the recruitment and retention seminar shared valuable resources and information on how to retain, and track hard-to-reach participants for longitudinal studies. I recently shared information I gained from this seminar with my university colleagues.”

“We found an environment where our research was not just tolerated but applauded. You listened to us and learned from us also. Collaboration among each other and among scholars and faculty have already begun.”

“The grant-making seminars were valuable. The guest speakers helped to identify the grant writing and funding process”

“We also would like to thank the National Institute of Mental Health for funding this project. We have all heard the expression, ‘We need more minority researchers in HIV prevention research.’ NIMH put their money where their mouth was and provided the funds to make this a reality. We believe these funds were well spent. Each of us is committed to a long and productive line of research aiming at understanding and preventing HIV in communities of color. Thank you! Asante! Gracias!”

“We are leaving six weeks later with much greater focus and specificity, a written plan for implementing the first phase of our research, commitment to carry out our programs of research, and most importantly, faith that it can be done.”