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July 31, 2018

Volume 3 Issue 3

NIH DPC Newsletter

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#MyBUILDsummer is on August 8, 2018

Celebrating student accomplishments and activities across the nation with the #MyBUILDsummer social media campaign!
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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Celebrating EXITO Graduates

Over 40 undergraduate student Scholars completed the BUILD EXITO program this year at Portland State University, with many accomplishments and success to celebrate.
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UMBC’s BUILD a Bridge to STEM Internship Offers Students a Transformative Research Experience

Eighteen students primarily from Baltimore-area community colleges spent the summer at UMBC tackling authentic research questions with guidance from faculty mentors. The three-person research teams learned about more than lab safety and how to pipette. They were transformed by working in a diverse group to solve their own research challenges and contemplating career paths with their mentors.
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UAF BLaST Celebrates Graduates in May 2018

University of Alaska Fairbanks Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) celebrated graduates in many biomedical and other fields in May 2018.
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Alaska Native UAF BLaST Scholars Present at Statewide Alaska Native Studies Conference – April 2018

Three BLaST Indigenous Scholars presented their perspectives on being female Alaska Native researchers in their panel discussion “Young Indigenous women in research” with other Indigenous faculty, students, staff, and the general public at the Alaska Native Studies 2018 Conference held in Juneau, Alaska, April 13 and 14, 2018.
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BLaST-sponsored Biomedical Exploration Experience (BEE) Course at University of Alaska Fairbanks

BLaST-sponsored the Biomedical Exploration Experience (BEE) course in collaboration with Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (CAIHC), a tribal clinic in Fairbanks, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Student Services / Interior AHEC , and UAF CTC Paramedic Academy from May 7 to 18, 2018, as a two-week, two-credit course.
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BLaST-sponsored Biomedical Research Course with Rural Alaska Honors Institute at UAF

BLaST collaborated with Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) May 31 to July 10, 2018, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, to offer a research-intensive course in biomedical fields.
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UAF BLaST Scientists of the Month: May-July 2018

BLaST Scholars Christina Edwin and Viktorija Podlutskaya, and UAF biology professor Devin Drown are highlighted as UAF BLaST Scientists of the Month.
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ReBUILDetroit Celebrates First Graduating Cohort with 2018 Winter Class

ReBUILDetroit celebrated the program’s first graduates from the University of Detroit Mercy, in the 2018 winter semester.
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ReBUILDetroit Scholars Have Fun in the Sun

During the 2018 Summer Enrichment Program, ReBUILDetroit undergraduate scholars collected water samples at Belle Isle Park, a state park in Detroit, Michigan. The scholars are in the process of conducting their research at the lab at the University of Detroit, Mercy.
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XULA BUILD Graduates Celebrated for Top Honors at 2018 Commencement

XULA BUILD celebrated its graduates this May, three of whom received the highest honors and awards at the Xavier University of Louisiana 91st Commencement Ceremony.
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XULA BUILD Site Highlights

Dr. Maryam Foroozesh, lead Principal Investigator and director of the Administrative and Research Enrichment Cores for the XULA BUILD program, traveled to Spain for the 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies where she represented XULA BUILD. XULA BUILD students continue to develop as scientists during their summer.
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SF BUILD Celebrates BUILD Graduates

San Francisco State University's SF BUILD program congratulated nine students this year as they take the next big steps in their science careers: the scholars who are have now completed the BUILD Student Training Program, as well as SF BUILD Alumni that are now graduating from SFSU. At the same time, SF BUILD welcomed its newest cohort of scholars, who have already began their summer rotations.
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CSULB BUILD Celebrates Culmination, New Beginnings and Continued Growth

CSULB BUILD celebrated graduating students, welcomed their newest cohort and continues to support their students in summer programs.
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CSUN BUILD PODER Class of 2018 Pursues Exciting Graduate Educational Careers

The BUILD PODER class of 2018 included over 50 students with exciting plans to continue their higher education journey. From post-baccalaureate experiences to master's and Ph.D. programs at universities near and far, this group of alumni will reach their next destinations with the support, knowledge and skills that BUILD PODER provided during their undergraduate college careers. These seniors reflected fondly on their transformative experiences with a rare scientific research training program that puts social justice at the center.
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MSU ASCEND Students Enjoy Summer of Health Research

Morgan State University (MSU) ASCEND undergraduate students, including Summer Research Institute participants, ASCEND Scholars, Student Research Center members, and others, are involved in a variety of health research activities this summer.
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2018 NRMN-CAN Mentor Training Workshops Bring Together Officials From Big Ten Academic Alliance Institutions

NRMN-CAN hosted three concurrent Mentor Training Workshops from May 20 to 22, 2018. The workshops were organized in collaboration with the NRMN Mentor Training Core and were held  at the Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The 96 attendees from 15 Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions included 29 postdoctoral trainees, 53 faculty and staff participants, six Master Facilitators from the NRMN Mentor Training Core, and eight  NRMN-CAN committee members or guests.
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NRMN Welcomes Summer Student Programs with MyMentor Virtual Mentoring

The National Research Mentoring Network’s guided virtual mentoring platform, MyMentor, launched on January 22, 2018 and has been helping mentors and mentees strengthen their education and careers. MyMentor can help support mentoring relationships established during summer research programs between students and their mentors.
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In The News

An SF State Student’s Winding Road to a Ph.D.

Students in the sciences are often confronted with a very linear scenario of how they should advance in academia. In reality there’s no typical path — and Gerald Young, soon to be a Ph.D. student at University of California, Berkeley, is a perfect example. Published by SF State News.
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CSUN BUILD PODER Scholar Wins First Place and $20,000 in 2018 CSUN Bull Ring New Venture Competition

"Wheelchair Assist” — a business venture and senior design project created by a team of California State University, Northridge mechanical-engineering students, led by team captain Steven Meza, a BUILD PODER Scholar — won first place and $20,000 at CSUN’s annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition that took place earlier this week. Originally published by CSUN Today.
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CSUN BUILD PODER Featured in PBS Newshour's STEM Problem Solvers Series

When imagining what a career in STEM might look like for them, students must have examples to draw from of people who look like them. Gabriela Chavira, the program director of BUILD PODER, strives to give students that representation to inspire them.
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UTEP News Highlights BUILD Graduate Jose Perez

UTEP News highlights BUILD graduate Jose Perez for his instrumental work bridging computer science and neuroscience, published in a recent brainmapping publication.
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Research Digest

Recent Publication: “Visualization of gender, race, citizenship and academic performance in association with career outcomes of 15-year biomedical doctoral alumni at a public research university”

Researchers from Wayne State University (WSU), including ReBUILDetroit Co-Principal Investigator Ambika Mathur, published a peer-reviewed article on career outcomes of WSU’s biomedical doctoral alumni. Data was used from alumni who graduated between 1999 to 2014.
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Recent Publication: “Promoting STEM Trainee Research Self-Efficacy: A Mentor Training Intervention”

Although previous researchers have highlighted the importance of self-efficacy in STEM career persistence and success, few researchers have focused on developing opportunities to teach mentors how to support trainees’ self-efficacy. In this new paper, NRMN-associated researchers, including Christine Pfund (principal investigator of NRMN’s Mentor Training Core), present evaluation data on a mentor training intervention that was developed to translate theory behind self-efficacy into mentoring practice. This article was published in the Understanding Interventions Journal on June 28, 2018. Be sure to check out other articles in the Understanding Interventions Journal for more research and findings on interventions: http://www.understandinginterventionsjournal.org/
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Recent Publication: “Low agreement among reviewers evaluating the same NIH grant applications”

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison replicated the NIH peer-review process to look at whether there are differences among reviewers’ evaluations of the same NIH grant applications. The researchers used 43 individual reviewers’ ratings and written critiques of the same group of 25 grant applications. All reviewers received the same instructions, however, there was a lack of consistency in how the reviewers rated the strengths and weaknesses of the applications.
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Recent Publication: “Exposure to multiple career pathways by biomedical doctoral students at a public research university”

Wayne State University (WSU) is one of 17 institutions that are a part of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Experiences (BEST) program. The BEST program is funded by the NIH Common Fund and explores ways to improve biomedical career development through training programs for students and postdocs. This publication shares outcome data on two areas of the WSU intervention. Ambika Mathur, co-principal investigator of the ReBUILDetroit program, serves as principal investigator of WSU’s BEST program.
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2018 Latina Researchers Conference

Event Date: Thu, Aug 23, 2018 to Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice | New York City

Advancing Mentoring Practices Workshop

Event Date: Wed, Sep 12, 2018 to Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Location: UCLA

6th Annual Emory University-Laney Graduate School STEM Research and Career Symposium

Event Date: Sat, Sep 29, 2018 to Tue, Oct 02, 2018

Location: Emory University Conference Center in Atlanta, GA

2018 SACNAS Conference (San Antonio, TX)

Event Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 to Sat, Oct 13, 2018

2018 SACNAS Student Opportunities - Applications Due July 6

Event Date: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 to Sat, Oct 13, 2018

Location: San Antonio, TX

UNM 11th Annual Mentoring Conference (Albuquerque, NM): Invitation and Call for Proposals

Event Date: Mon, Oct 22, 2018 to Fri, Oct 26, 2018

Location: Student Union Building on UNM's main campus

2018 ABRCMS Conference (Indianapolis, IN)

Event Date: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 to Sat, Nov 17, 2018

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