OPEN Stage webinar: 2024 HBCU Alumni Pathways to NIH

June 11, 2024 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Contact: Anahid Ebrahimi
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Virtual | Zoom Meeting
2:00 - 3:00pm ET

All are welcome to join our 3rd annual HBCU Alumni Pathways to NIH webinar! NINDS staff who are HBCU alums will share their personal journeys and roles at various divisions and offices across NINDS. You will also hear about the research experiences that can happen on the NIH campus as well as opportunities outside of NIH. All career levels, especially undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, early career faculty, and sponsored grant offices are strongly encouraged to attend.

Our NINDS organizers and speakers for this meeting are:

  • Danielle Boyd: Oakwood University Alum, Research Coordinator in the Office of the Clinical Director
  • Scarlette Cella: Howard University Alum, Operations Coordinator in the Office of Neural Exposome and Toxicology (ONETOX)
  • Jessica Forbes, PhD: Howard University Alum, Health Program Specialist in the Small Business Program
  • David Jett, PhD: Hampton University Alum, Director of ONETOX
  • Marguerite Matthews, PhD: Spelman College Alum, Section Chief in the Office of Programs to Enhance the Neuroscience Workforce 
  • Mia Rivers: Howard University Alum, Post-Baccalaureate Researcher in the Intramural Research Program
  • Shardell Spriggs, PhD: Maryland Eastern Shore Alum, Program Director in ONETOX
Brown theater stage with red curtains pulled back revealing the words Open Stage in white. The NIH NINDS graphic in the top left corner. Overlaid on the stage are the words Hosted by the Office of Programs to Enhance the Neuroscience Workforce

The NINDS Office of Programs to Enhance the Neuroscience Workforce (OPEN) is pleased to welcome you to the ongoing OPEN Stage webinar series, a targeted outreach effort for our diverse neuroscience community to learn about NINDS programs and network with NINDS program staff. Each webinar will feature a different NINDS program, division, or cluster with the goal of increasing the representation of diverse groups in our portfolio. To stay informed of more events in this series, join the NINDS Diversity News to Use Listserv.

Check out the OPEN Stage webinars YouTube playlist for recordings from the entire series.