Activating a Neural Network: Admission Strategies to Increase Diverse Neuroscience Trainees Workshop
April 10 - 11, 2017
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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Agenda and Resources
A neural network works by creating connections between processing elements. The organization and weights of the connections determine the output.
DAY 1: April 10, 2017
|7:30 – 8:00 am||Registration|
|8:00 – 8:15 am||
Walter Koroshetz, MD, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
|8:15 – 8:30 am||
Michelle Jones-London, PhD, NINDS
|8:30 – 9:35 am||
Julie R. Posselt, PhD, University of Southern California
|9:50 – 11:10 am||
Interconnected Nodes: Where do I find the talent and how do I make connections?
Moderator: Edgardo Falcon-Morales, PhD, NINDS
|Slides(pdf, 430 KB) (pdf, 420 kb)|
|11:25 – 12:30 pm||
Slides(pdf, 901 KB) (pdf, 881 kb)
|12:30 – 1:40 pm||LUNCH BREAK|
|1:40 - 3:00 pm||
Input, Hidden, and Output Layers: Defining and solving challenges in graduate admissions
Moderator: Steve Korn, PhD, NINDS
Slides(pdf, 803 KB) (pdf, 784 kb)
Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions (pdf, 2.1 mb)
Holistic Admissions in the Health Professions (pdf, 768 kb)
Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion (pdf, 1.9 mb)
|3:15 - 4:20 pm||
Slides(pdf, 363 KB) (pdf, 355 kb)
|4:30 - 5:50 pm||
Long-term Potentiation: Inclusion and successful advancement of graduate students
Moderator: Letitia Weigand, PhD, NINDS
Slides(pdf, 1931 KB) (pdf, 1.9 mb)
|5:50 – 6:00 pm||
Day One Wrap-up and ADJOURN
Michelle Jones-London, PhD
DAY 2: April 11, 2017
|8:30 – 8:40 am||
Welcome and Introduction of Activity
Lauren Ullrich, PhD, NINDS
|8:40 – 10:30 am||
Small Group Training
Entering Mentoring Curriculum and Implementation Plans
Facilitators: Christine Pfund, PhD, Associate Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, NRMN Master Facilitator; Lauren Ullrich, PhD, NINDS; Chinonye Nnakwe, PhD, NSF; and Marguerite Matthews, PhD, NIH
Slides(pdf, 2786 KB)
|10:40 – 11:40 am||
Group Breakout Session
Three breakouts to discuss recruitment, admissions, and transitions and facilitate connections between programs.
|11:40 – 12:00 pm||Report out, concluding remarks, and ADJOURN
Michelle Jones-London, PhD, and Steve Korn, PhD
Other resources are available on the meeting website.