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How to Join

Success of the Institute depends, in large part, on assembling faculty with complementary interests and expertise who are willing to work in a highly collaborative setting.  Applications for membership will be evaluated in consideration of these attributes.

CMI Membership Guidelines to Joining the Comparative Medicine Institute

Prospective members must be nominated by a full member of the CMI.  A nominating letter, CV and choice of research program, should be sent by email to the Institute administrative assistant (  The nominating materials will be presented to the CMI Executive Committee for a vote.  Membership requires a simple majority vote.  Results of the vote will be communicated to the applicant and nominating member by the Institute administrative assistant.

Full Membership Guidelines

  1. Faculty member at North Carolina State University or other academic or research institution.
    1. This includes tenure-track, research track and clinical track faculty.
  2. Research emphasis.
    1. There must be a clear fit between the mission of the research program and the applicant’s research interest, and/or Clinical expertise.
    2. There must be a clear fit between the clinical mission of each unit and the applicant’s expertise.
  3. Record of productivity.
    1. Publication record, including clinical cases, will be reviewed.
  4. Extramural funding record.
  • Vote on matters requiring a vote of the faculty of the CMI.
  • Serve on the CMI standing committees.
  • Chair standing or ad hoc committees of the CMI.
  • Act as principal investigator (PI) in grants sponsored/funded by the CMI.

Membership will be reviewed every three years.  Renewal will be based on record of productivity as it relates to Institute’s function and will include the following criteria:

  • Evidence of inter- and intra-core collaborations.
  • Participation in CMI committees.
  • Evidence of grant writing efforts with other members of the CMI.
  • Participation in institute activities (seminars, symposia, workshops, annual meeting).

CMI Associate Membership Guidelines

To encourage participation of students and post-graduate trainees not meeting the criteria for full membership, an Associate Membership is available. The guidelines for Associate membership are:

  1. Postdoctoral fellow, graduate student or research scientist.
  2. Research and/or clinical skills that fit with one or more of the research programs of the CMI.
  3. Sponsorship by a Full CMI member.
    • It is the role of the sponsor to facilitate the incorporation of the Associate member into the functions of the CMI and assist them in becoming a Full CMI member.
  4. Associate members will be reviewed every three years, less if requested, to determine whether guidelines for Full membership have been met.
  1. Serve on standing or ad hoc committees of the CMI.
  2. Act as co-principal investigator on grants sponsored/funded by the CMI.
  3. Participate in all CMI-sponsored activities.