We are writing to tell you about BRAINS: Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroSciences, a national program to accelerate and improve the career advancement of neuroscience postdoctoral researchers and assistant professors from underrepresented groups. BRAINS was a new program created with funding from NIH’s National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and we are now actively recruiting applicants for our 2014 national symposium. Applications will be accepted January 15, 2014 through February 28, 2014. We would appreciate your assistance in passing along this e-mail to any of your colleagues who you think will be interested in our program.
The BRAINS program is designed to create unique, life-transforming experiences for participants, who may be at high risk of leaving the field. This result is achieved through a combination of a multi-day professional development symposium packed with discussions with senior scientists’ panelists on a wide variety of career topics such as time management, designing a research program, work/life balance, etc.; facilitated peer mentoring circles; and a career development incubator experience to address critical career management issues. 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. (See depts.washington.edu/brains for more information.)
The BRAINS program is now accepting applications for our 2014 national BRAINS symposium, to be held September 25 - 28, 2014 on Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle, WA. BRAINS participants are early career Ph.D. scientists in neuroscience-related fields from underrepresented groups (including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds). Early career includes postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre-tenure level science positions. Again, we would greatly appreciate your passing along this email to any of your colleagues who you think will be interested in our program.
Please visit our website (depts.washington.edu/brains) for program details and application materials. Applications are due February 28, 2014. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have (email@example.com).
Dr. Sheri Mizumori, Chair and Professor of Psychology, University of Washington
Dr. Joyce Yen, Program/Research Manager, UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change
Dr. Claire Horner-Devine, Director of Diversity and Leadership Development of the College of the Environment, University of Washington