The Connection for Research Career Enhancement

Connection seminar at CTSI commons

The Connection is a research network created to advance the research careers of early stage investigators through information exchange, networking, group learning, and mentorship required for team science.

The Connection’s Goals

  • Information exchange to link university-wide research events and resources.
  • Group learning to advance team science, promote and facilitate research collaborations, and enhance leadership skills.
  • Cooperative mentoring activities, e.g., connecting mentors & mentees, provide guidance for individual career enhancement & development, workshops for mentors & mentees within UM and with collaborating institutions.


  • The CTSI KL2 Executive Committee assists in the growth and organization of the Connection.
  • The CTSI KL2 Advisory Committee provides recommendations to strategically position the Connection for major impact in the young investigators community.
  • UM Researchers provide mentorship and guidance for career tracks.
  • Key University Administration teams support various Connection activities


Marisabel Davalos, MSEd., CIP
Director, Research Support
Email: [email protected]

Patricia Avissar
Director, Research Support
K12 Program Administrator
Email: [email protected]