Three New KL2 Scholars Selected for 2020

Three University of Wisconsin-Madison early-career faculty members will join the ICTR KL2 Scholars Career Development Program starting this summer! This year’s incoming scholars are:

  • Laura Eisenmenger, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology, SMPH
  • Adam Kuchnia, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, CALS
  • Irene Ong, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, SMPH

Full profiles of both new and continuing scholars can be found online, including their complete mentoring teams.

This year’s incoming scholars completed a highly-competitive application process. They were nominated by their academic departments as part of a system designed to select candidates having both individual excellence and potential to lead multidisciplinary research projects with high translational promise. Manish Shah, KL2 Program Co-Director, comments,

Manish ShahWe pride ourselves on carefully selecting scholars who are at the best stage to take advantage of the KL2 program. In addition to rigorous research training, each participant has a carefully selected mentoring team who guides their professional progress, as well as their research program.

The KL2 program provides 75% protected time to assist scholars with developing an independent research program, plus monthly career development seminars and other trainings designed to promote key NIH research competencies for clinical and translational research. Corrine Voils, KL2 Program Co-Director, adds,

Early-career faculty members developing a research career need dedicated research time, the highest quality mentorship, and professional training to succeed. The KL2 Scholars Program meets these needs in a highly structured and customized manner.

Eisenmenger, Kuchnia, and Ong will join 10 other Scholars who participate in one of the NIH-funded, workforce development programs at ICTR. NIH support for ICTR is through the national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program that funds 60 plus centers nationwide.

Recipients of externally funded independent career development awards, such as NIH or AHRQ K awards and VA Career Development Awards, are eligible to participate in the ICTR Mentored Research Scholars curriculum by arrangement. Please contact Ana Garić, KL2 Scholar Program Manager, to find out more (