The overall goal of the program is to create a network of scientists underrepresented in the neurosciences. The program is designed to be longitudinal and self-sustaining, and will include graduate students, postdocs and Assistant Professors. The hope is that this program will improve retention of BIPOC scientists increasing the overall diversity of research faculty in neuroscience.

Save the Date: Our first on-site training session will be held August 1-5, 2021.

The group will get together in person twice a year; in early August for a week at the University of Minnesota and at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. In addition there will be virtual events planned other times during the year. The program will pay all expenses related to these events, including air fare and lodging for the participants.

The annual program will include:

I. Professional Development

Career Readiness
Teaching and Mentoring
Leadership and Management

II. Mentoring (How to mentor and how to be mentored)

Traditional mentoring
Group Mentoring
Peer/Near Peer Mentoring

III. Research Enhancement

Here we have funds to support participants’ access to the University of Minnesota scientific cores to provide training in new technologies to support their research projects. This training will include generating preliminary data for project feasibility. These facilities include a genomics center, human imaging core, high-end microscopic imaging (including whole brain imaging via light sheet microscopy), viral innovation core, and neural connectome core.