Program for Achieving Career Excellence (PACE)

PACE believes inclusivity in biomedical research cultivates creativity and leads to better science. PACE promotes diversity, inclusion and equity specifically by supporting early career faculty (ECF) and underrepresented minorities (URMs) whose research relates to the NIH/NIAID mission. PACE participants are provided networking, professional development and mentoring programming to enhance their overall success. PACE participants are also encouraged to become Visiting Scholars whereby they can partner with and travel to labs outside of Cornell University and learn techniques that will develop their research.

The Rising Stars component of the PACE program was specifically created to diversify faculty and promote URM’s success and retention in biomedical research. PACE Rising Stars are URM post-docs who are interested in actively seeking faculty positions. PACE directly assists Rising Stars by providing early recruitment initiatives, tailored mentoring, and the opportunities to give a scientific seminar and chalk talk, and to network with Cornell faculty. PACE aims to provide Rising Stars with early alerts of upcoming jobs, and equip them with skills needed to prepare successful job applications and interviews. For more information, please contact

The PACE program offers innovative educational, training, and mentoring opportunities to Early Career Faculty at Cornell University, and is supported by the NIH/NIAID Research Education Program. To be eligible, you must be within eight years of your initial faculty appointment. Your research interests should be related to the NIAID mission, but you are not required to currently have NIAID funding. Features of this free program include:

  • Visiting Scholar grants to develop collaborations or learn new techniques
  • Grant preparation assistance
  • Professional Development workshops
  • A dynamic, individually tailored mentoring plan
  • To apply to the PACE program, please send your contact information and a brief description of your research to:

As part of a larger effort to promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, and overall success in biomedical research at Cornell, PACE has created the Cornell Rising Star program. Sponsored by the same NIAID grant, this program supports the recruitment and success of underrepresented minority faculty researchers.

Cornell Rising Stars will receive:

  • An opportunity to give a scientific seminar at Cornell, and a practice chalk talk if appropriate to their stage of training
  • Networking opportunities with current faculty
  • Early alerts of open and/or upcoming faculty searches at Cornell
  • Guidance on strengthening application and interview skills
  • Guidance on transitioning to a faculty position
  • For more information about PACE or the Cornell Rising Star program, contact: