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This year's ABRCMS conference was held in Tampa, Florida November 9th to 12th. Representatives from many of the DPC attended and brought their students to participate in the conference activities and/or present their research. Rumor has it that many of the DPC participating institutions who attended ABRCMS had students receive awards for their research!!! It was a very exciting and fun experience. In addition to the general program, the CEC hosted an activity session with BUILD students in the evening that included a "mannequin challenge" closing proposed and led by the students.
Students attended professional development workshops, presented their research during the poster session and/or gave an oral presentation. They also had an opportunity to engage with many academic institutions and professional societies through the Exhibitor Hall booths. NRMN also had a strong presence in the Exhibitor Hall having their own booth and also collaborating with wither institutions to get attendees registered for NRMNet.net and other activities. In addition, NRMN hosted a mixer and a few sessions on mentorship.
The CEC hosted a Consortium mixer session designed to engage primarily BUILD scholars in activities that promote community building, networking, and share their reflections on program participation. The session was very well attendeed and students asked this sessions would continue at ABRCMS and other conferences (e.g., SACNAS) moving forward. During one of the reflections at the end of the session, a few students reflected they went into the session as "BUILD students" and were leaving "as a BUILD family" when asked to identify what they got from the session.
The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.