Membership

The Center is comprised of a growing, multidisciplinary cadre of faculty members spanning the health sciences within and outside the University of Minnesota. Benefits of membership include access to core services of the Center, such as equipment and staffing support, along with opportunities for mentorship, advocacy and involvement in other initiatives supported by the Center.  If you are interested in learning more about membership in CPOM, please contact: cpom@umn.edu

 

Overview:

The Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine (CPOM) offers five different types of memberships including: Core Faculty Member, Regular Faculty Member, Associate Member, Post-Doctoral Member, and Graduate Student Member.  Members are reviewed approximately every two years to assess their level of involvement, determine whether their individual research focus remains aligned with the CPOM mission, and to ensure CPOM is continuing to provide the support and services necessary to advance their work.  Prospective members are required to complete an application, submit a copy of their curriculum vitae, and provide a letter of support from a Core Faculty Member.  Details regarding the different types of CPOM membership and the obligations/responsibilities associated with each category are shown below. 

Core Faculty Member

Core Faculty Member

Core Faculty Members will have a research program that primarily focuses on the field of pediatric obesity medicine.  Core Faculty Members will have a Ph.D. or M.D. degree (or equivalent) with primary employment at the University of Minnesota.  Core Faculty Members are expected to:

  • Conduct specialized and interdisciplinary research in CPOM facilities
  • Regularly attend CPOM colloquia and research symposia
  • Engage with visiting speakers, including informal discussion hours with visiting scholars
  • Be willing and able to serve on at least one CPOM committee each year if requested

Regular Faculty Member

Regular Faculty Member

Regular Faculty Members will have a research program that is generally relevant to the field of pediatric obesity medicine.  Regular Faculty Members will have a Ph.D. or M.D. degree (or equivalent) with primary employment at the University of Minnesota and collaborate with one or more of the CPOM Core Faculty Members.  Regular Faculty Members are expected to:

  • Conduct specialized and interdisciplinary research in CPOM facilities and/or closely collaborate with one or more Core Faculty Members on research relevant to the mission of CPOM
  • Regularly attend CPOM colloquia and research symposia

Associate Member

Associate Member

Associate Members will have substantive interest in the mission and activities of CPOM.  Obligations of Associate Members include participation in, or attendance at some CPOM activities, as well as responding to requests for information.  Associate Members may be: faculty at the University of Minnesota who wish to participate selectively in CPOM activities but who have limited time, interest, or research programs of their own; visiting scholars; faculty from area institutions who wish to participate in CPOM activities; non-faculty members involved in CPOM-supported research studies and activities, such as committees and colloquia; or individuals from the outside community who participate in CPOM-related research.

Post-Doctoral Member

Post-Doctoral Member

Post-Doctoral Members will have recently completed a Ph.D. or M.D. degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to the mission of CPOM.  Sponsorship by their postdoctoral supervisor and a Core Faculty Member of CPOM is required.  Postdoctoral Members are expected to:

  • Contribute to training and research activities
  • Participate in all basic CPOM functions (colloquia, retreats, special conferences)

When requested, contribute materials for research, training, grant renewals, continuation grants, and progress reports

Graduate Student Member

Graduate Student Member

Graduate Student Members will be involved with training and research in an area relevant to the mission of CPOM and must be sponsored by their Department/Unit and a Core Faculty Member of CPOM.  Graduate Student Members may participate in all CPOM activities such as colloquia, training meetings, research group meetings, and informal discussions.  Graduate Student Members are expected to:

  • Be actively involved in at least one CPOM-related research project
  • Contribute to training and research activities
  • Participate in basic CPOM functions such as colloquia, retreats, special conferences
  • When requested, contribute materials for research, training, grant renewals, continuation grants, and progress reports