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August 20, 2021

Celebrating the BUILD Class of 2021
Diversity Program Consortium Newsletter — Vol. 6, Issue 2

NIH DPC Newsletter

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#FaceOfScience Social Media Campaign Engages NIH Research Training Community

The Diversity Program Consortium engaged scientists across social media for its #FaceOfScience campaign on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The campaign celebrated the research training community by highlighting the individual trainees, staff, faculty and leaders who make up the scientific research workforce. Several institutes and entities within the National Institutes of Health participated, including the main NIH social media accounts.
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BUILD Scholars Present Their Research at the 2021 DPC Virtual Research Symposium

When the pandemic forced universities to shift their lessons online, research students lost the opportunity to present their work at in-person conferences. In an effort to fill this void, the Diversity Program Consortium’s Coordination and Evaluation Center hosted the 2021 DPC Virtual Research Symposium (VRS) from March 29 to April 2.
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From Humble Beginnings to Doctor of Physical Therapy: A BUILD PODER Success Story

For Paulo Sitagata, earning an advanced degree used to seem unattainable. But through his perseverance and drive, he has gone on to become the first Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) BUILD PODER alumni to attain a doctoral degree.
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UTEP BUILDing SCHOLARS Alumna Earns Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Tufts University

BUILDing SCHOLARS alumna Cecilia A. Hinojosa successfully defended her dissertation titled “Structural and Functional Brain Correlates of Treatment Response in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” and received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Tufts University. She is a graduate from the first BUILDing SCHOLARS program cohort.
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XULA BUILD Project Pathways Class of 2021 Celebrates 23 Graduating Trainees

Twenty-three XULA BUILD Project Pathways Trainees were honored during the 2021 Xavier University of Louisiana Commencement ceremony on May 8.
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CSULB Celebrates Class of 2021

On Friday, May 7, 2021, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) BUILD held its commencement ceremony to honor the students who have completed their term with the program. Though the ceremony was held virtually, it still provided a space for family, friends, and the BUILD team to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the second year Scholar and Fellow students.
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What's Next for MSU ASCEND Class Of 2021

Nine of Morgan State University’s ASCEND Scholars will be entering graduate school programs
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PSU BUILD EXITO Senior Scholars Share Their Program Journey

The PSU BUILD EXITO staff is happy to announce that their Cohort 4 Senior Scholars have officially finished the program!
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UAF BLaST Celebrates 2021 Graduates

The University of Alaska Fairbanks campus celebrated their May 2021 graduates in several ways. As the end of the academic year grew closer and closer, it became clear that ideas had to be creative to allow families and friends to celebrate their graduates in safe and inclusive ways.
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CSUN BUILD PODER Senior Showcase Celebrates Class of 2021

At the end of every school year, BUILD PODER scientists from California State University, Northridge who have completed their program participate in a Senior showcase. This is a graduation event that highlights their accomplishments as scientists, honors their mentors, and celebrates their acceptances into graduate programs.
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BUILDing SCHOLARS Graduates and Alumni Attain Multiple Honors and Awards

As the ’20-’21 academic year wrapped up, BUILDing SCHOLARS at the University of Texas at El Paso had much to celebrate. Graduates and alumni alike achieved many remarkable accomplishments, a testament to their hard work and scientific and scholastic talents.
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UAF BLaST RAHI Research 2021

Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) is partnering again with the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI), an undergraduate bridge program offered to seniors and juniors in high schools from all over Alaska.
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XULA BUILD Participates in Festival of Scholars

In April of 2021, several BUILD students and technicians participated in the virtual Festival of Scholars at Xavier University of Louisiana.
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UAF BLaST Scientists of the Month for March, April, May and June 2021

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLAST) program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) highlights scientists from all biomedical fields through their Scientist of the Month articles.
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Wellness Tips from NRMN Staff

Mental Health Month is celebrated in May, but it’s something that we should prioritize all year. Here, some of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) staff share what they do to support and prioritize their mental health.
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In The News

Devin Drown, a BLaST-affiliated Researcher, Featured in Arctic Today Online

Devin Drown, a former BLaST Faculty Pilot Project awardee, was featured in Arctic Today, an online daily newsletter, along with Traci Haan. Haan was a BLaST Undergraduate Research Experience awardee and is now a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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SF BUILD's Teaster Baird Jr. Named American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Fellow

SF BUILD Student Training Core leader Teaster Baird, Ph.D., was named a fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) — in the first class of fellows ever recognized by the society.
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Research Digest

New Publications Supported by NRMN

The following publications were produced with support from NRMN.
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New Publication: SF BUILD Team Publishes Article in Nature Computational Science Journal

SF BUILD team published article titled "Designing a biomedical coding program focused on inclusivity and agency" in Nature Computation Science journal about the BUILD Research Collaboratory.
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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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