The goal of SEE-Diversity is to increase the successful transition to and retention of diverse, early career neuroscientists into academic positions.
The program leverages the incredible intellectual and scientific resources of the MBL to provide candidates with long-term mentoring and professional enrichment, with a particular emphasis on assistance with preparation, submission and revision of career development and research grant applications to NSF and NIH.
The program consists of an intensive 1-week workshop at the MBL in (Aug -Sept), followed by 4-8 months of individual career- development coaching. A total of 14 participants are selected of which the top 4 are selected to receive USRC funding.
Participants are early-career PhD and MD/PhD scientists in neuroscience-related fields who come from groups that are underrepresented in neuroscience, including racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
The initial in-person workshops include
(i) Grantsmanship: Grant writing coaching groups, Contacting Your Program Officer, Workshops on unconscious bias and factors affecting persistence of diverse neuroscientists in academic careers, grant revision.
(ii) Career and Professional Development: preparing reappointment/tenure package; evaluating your service portfolio and balancing research and teaching, personnel management, Leadership development workshop, Negotiation.