The primary selection criteria of the program is the quality of the fellow applicants, based upon letters of recommendation and performance in undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as research accomplishments commensurate with their level of development. Other criteria for selection include programmatic issues affecting the success of the training program, either as defined locally or at the national level by NCI. One area of concern nationally is the training of minority fellows by the program. Another national concern is the potential for the fellow to be successful as an independent researcher.
From an MUSC perspective, success and renewal of the program will be dependent upon fellows (a) successfully competing for NIH based NRSA awards (b) competing for other peer-reviewed fellowship awards (c) competing for K99 transition award grants (d) attaining an academic or industry position following training in the mentor's laboratory. Obviously these endpoints should optimally be achieved within the four-year span from July 2006 to 2010. Issues pertinent to these goals may be factored into selection.