NRMN and Postdoctoral Scholars: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

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The lack of diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has been widely studied. In the biomedical sciences specifically, one study revealed that underrepresented minority (URM) scholars in those disciplines are less likely to obtain research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Ginther et al. Science 333, 1015-9). Without funding, the success of URM faculty in obtaining tenure is  unlikely, and without tenured URM faculty to inspire future generations of URM  researchers, the lack of diversity will continue. A critical factor that contributes to this situation is the lack of mentoring in grant writing and many other areas such as management of time, resources, and people (Shavers et al.J NotlMed Assoc 971 1063-77; Chang et al.J ResSdTeoch 511 555-80). In response to these studies and recommendations made by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce, a number of strategies were funded, including the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).

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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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