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September 30, 2019

Volume 4, Issue 3
The Experiment Continues: Phase II of the Diversity Program Consortium

NIH DPC Newsletter

Consortium News

National Institutes of Health Diversity Program Consortium Meets to Celebrate Completion of Initiative’s Phase I, Launches Phase II

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) held its fifth annual conference from July 29-30, 2019, in Bethesda, Maryland. Members of this groundbreaking initiative traveled from all over the country to celebrate the completion of their first five-year phase, and to kick off the beginning of the second five years of the project.
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What's Next for the DPC in Phase II?

After over a year of renewal activities, program assessment, and patiently waiting, we are thrilled that Phase II of the Diversity Program Consortium has begun!
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Together at Last! MyMentor is now an Integrated Feature within MyNRMN

In this article, Katie Stinson, Virtual Engagement Strategist for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), will teach you about new features to improve your mentoring experiences in the NRMN Virtual Community.
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Training Opportunity: Enhance undergraduate and graduate research training programs with Entering Research

In February and June, the National Research Mentoring Network Coordination Center will offer a training opportunity for facilitators who work with undergraduates and graduate researchers. Reserve your spot now for this great opportunity!
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XULA Welcomes New Students at Project Pathways Orientation

During an annual BUILD luncheon, the Project Pathways team welcomed new students and their parents to Xavier University and shared highlights of the program with them.
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Project Pathways Staff Attend 2019 DPC Annual Conference

A group of Project Pathways staff attended the 2019 Diversity Program Annual Conference in July 2019.
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BLaST Scholar Recaps Denali National Park Expedition: Backcountry BLaST Off

David Harvey, a first year BLaST Scholar at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, shares his experiences during an expedition in Denali National Park.
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UAF BLaST Orientation 2019

On August 24, 2019, the BLaST Program held their annual “BLaST-Off” Fall Orientation at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Botanical Gardens. Read more about the festivities in this article.
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Celebrating Noah Khalsa, BLaST Scientist of the Month for September 2019

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks BLaST program is proud to celebrate the September 2019 Scientist of the Month, BLaST Scholar Noah Khalsa. Khalsa is a third year BLaST Scholar and a senior at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF). Read more about his research and accomplishments as an undergraduate researcher.
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Student-led Project Brings "Soul" into Science Classrooms

A student-initiated reflective jounaling exercise is helping make students feel more at home in STEM courses at San Francisco State University. Read more in this article.
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Summer Research and Bridge Programs at UMBC Grow Confidence of BUILD Trainees and Interns

This summer, the fifth cohort of BUILD Trainees joined University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s BUILD Training Program (BTP) community, participated in the BTP orientation, and the BUILD a Bridge to Success program.
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UTEP BUILD Scholars Spend Their Summers Immersed in Research and New Experiences Away From Home

BUILDing SCHOLARS trainees participate in summer research experiences, often at universities far from their homes. This article shares highlights from four Scholars' experiences in research, learning about new regions and cultures, and more!
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A Summer of New Beginnings at CSULB BUILD

The CSULB BUILD program kicked off another season with an introduction to its new leadership team and incoming cohorts of Scholars and Fellows.
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Detroit Mercy’s ReBUILDetroit Student Ready to Work Toward Her Dreams

“Ever since I started watching sports, I always wanted to work at the Mayo Clinic or any environment with athletes,” she said. Through the ReBUILDetroit program, Detroit Mercy is helping Iwu realize those dreams
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BUILD PODER Jumpstarts Student Research Journeys for New Cohort

The BUILD PODER 5th Annual Summer Jumpstart was attended by 27 new BUILD PODER scientists across many disciplines. Students participated in a four-week orientation training on campus which included courses on professional development, ethics in science, coding, social media and graduate school preparation.
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ASCEND Student Research Center: Instilling a Culture of Research Entrepreneurship at Morgan State University

The ASCEND Entrepreneurial Research Training Model (ERTM) seeks to instill a culture of research entrepreneurship in undergraduate research training, aiding in students’ development of identities as scientists and members of the research community. 
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Summer Immersion at PSU BUILD EXITO

Summer at BUILD EXITO marked several significant transitions the program’s students. The incoming cohort traveled from all over the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim for a one-week orientation. Second-year students placed in their research learning communities and attended the “Summer Induction” program, and students participating in their third summer spent their weeks in the lab and engaged in the “Summer Immersion” program. 
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In The News

Phase II Press Releases: BUILD institutions

A variety of press releases announcing Phase II of the BUILD initiative from program institutions.
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Success for our Nation’s Scientific Workforce: Sustaining the Diversity Program Consortium

Blog post from the NIH Director of Scientific Workforce Diversity, Hannah Valantine.
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NRMN August Mentor of the Month: Robert Tillman

An interview with Dr. Robert Tillman, NRMN mentor.
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Research Digest

NIH Loan Repayment Program Notices

NIH Loan Repayment Program notices have been released. Application Period: Annually from September 1 through November 15, at 8:00 PM EST
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The Influence of Microaffirmations on Undergraduate Persistence in Science Career Pathways

ASCB LSE. Authors: Mica Estrada, Gerald R. Young, Jill Nagy, Emily J. Goldstein, Avi Ben-Zeev, Leticia Márquez-Magaña, and Alegra Eroy-Reveles. Sarah L. Eddy, Monitoring Editor.
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Who Gets Grant Money? The (Gendered) Words Decide

Why It Matters: Female scientists are 16% less likely than men to get a high score on their grant proposal due to word choice. That needs to change. MIT Management Sloan School, Ideas Made to Matter, June 5, 2019. By Meredith Somers.
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Events

2019 DPC@ABRCMS Session: Infectious Disease & the Vaccination Dilemma – Informing Diverse Communities

Event Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Location: Anaheim Convention Center 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

2019 SACNAS

Event Date: Thu, Oct 31, 2019 to Sat, Nov 02, 2019

Location: Hawai'i Convention Center 1801 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, Hawai'i 96815

About Us

The NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Newsletter provides updates on activities at DPC sites, shares progress on collaborative efforts within the consortium, and highlights news and recent publications related to diversity and mentoring in the biomedical sciences.

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.
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