Activating a Neural Network: Admission Strategies to Increase Diverse Neuroscience Trainees

Activating a Neural Network: Admission Strategies to Increase Diverse Neuroscience Trainees

April 10, 2017
April 11, 2017

Contact: 

Michelle Jones-London

Contact Email: 

jonesmiche@ninds.nih.gov

Location: 

Bethesda, Maryland

Event Description: 

This workshop was held to discuss the issues, misconceptions, and barriers that currently exist in neuroscience graduate admissions programs with regard to diverse trainees. The attendees were neuroscience graduate program directors and admissions committee chairs, directors of neuroscience undergraduate research programs, and experts in graduate admissions and diversity. The meeting was a follow-up to an April 2016 meeting on "Forming a Neural Network" between NINDS-funded R25 programs and also the NINDS T32 Regional Meetings that have included discussions on increasing diversity of the workforce.

The goals of this meeting were 1) to build alliances between individuals who are actively engaged in addressing workforce diversity and individuals engaged in neuroscience graduate admissions and training; 2) to identify opportunities and share successful approaches for effective recruitment, training, and retention of diverse individuals; and 3) to foster dialog around intervention strategies to support diverse trainees at critical transition points along the career path.

The objectives of this meeting were conceived in accordance with the mission and recommendations of the NIH ACD Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce in the Biomedical Research Workforce to address the “leak” of diverse individuals from the biomedical workforce.

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