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BUILDING NEUROSCIENCE DIVERSITY THROUGH MENTORSHIP
Despite decades of effort, colleges and universities in the United States have failed to raise the representation of underserved diversity faculty in all biomedical disciplines including neuroscience. The Mentoring Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Scholars (MINDS) promotes the advancement of diversity junior faculty members in the neurosciences at research universities with the support of the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS R25 NS076414). The goal of the MINDS program is to increase the recruitment and retention of underserved diversity faculty in neuroscience research across US academic institutions.
The MINDS Program focuses attention on diversity individuals who are early in their careers as faculty members in the neurosciences. Evidence suggests that whereas there is still a great need to hire more such individuals into junior faculty positions in the biomedical sciences, there is an even greater need to help these individuals achieve professional success, including a strong record of publications, significant funding, and promotion to tenure and senior positions (Fang et al., 2000). This holds true for the more specific area of neuroscience, as well (Stricker, 2010). After years of training, these individuals are now poised to make significant contributions to research and to the training of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows. However, many/most are not retained within the field, let alone rise through the ranks to achieve promotion and tenure (Connolly, et al., 2015). Therefore, it is at this point that change in the workforce can occur most rapidly.
The MINDS PROGRAM focuses on an intensive & individualized program that offers:
Strong Mentoring By Established Investigators
Including Grant Writing
Including Support To
Development Of An Expanded Network
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