National Professional Development Programs

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Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience BRAINS  is a national program designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of neuroscience postdoctoral researchers and assistant professors from underrepresented groups. The program, funded by a R25 grant from NIH’s National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), creates unique, life-transforming experiences for participants. The BRAINS program goal is to increase engagement and retention of academic early-career neuroscientists from underrepresented groups by reducing isolation, providing tips, tools, and skills development to prepare for tenure track success, and increasing career self-efficacy. Margherio, Horner-Devine et al. 2016

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Launching Academics on the Tenure-Track: an Intentional Community in Engineering -LATTICE – is a NSF ADVANCE funded collaboration among the University of Washington, North Carolina State University, and California Polytechnic State Institute, San Luis Obispo. LATTICE is a community-centric mentoring, networking, and career development program for two groups of early career (post-PhD) women who are interested in academic careers: women in electrical engineering and computer science; and underrepresented minority (URM) women in engineering and computer science. LATTICE includes a 3.5-day symposia followed by Mentoring Circles. LATTICE will examine how best to (1) adapt WEBS and BRAINS to two new disciplines and (2) develop a model framework to allow others to develop such programs for a wide variety of fields and populations. To maximize program impact, the team will use ethnographic research methods to study the process and unique features of program development.

webs_logo-copyWomen Evolving Biological SciencesWEBS – is a four-day professional development symposium for early career women in ecology and evolutionary biology and was originally funded by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program. WEBS addresses the retention of female scientists and issues related to the transition of women from early career stages to tenure track positions and leadership roles in academic and research settings.  From 2007-2013, five WEBS symposia took place, serving 142 participants from nearly 100 U.S.- based institutions. Horner-Devine et al. 2016