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Institutional training programs are required to demonstrate successful efforts to recruit an outstanding and diverse trainee population, including students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and students with disabilities. In addition, the training programs should describe efforts to sustain the scientific interests of trainees from all backgrounds within the program.
The Institutional Training Grant Funding Opportunity Announcements (Basic Biomedical Sciences: PAR-17-431; Medical Sciences Training Program; PA-18-403) call for a "Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity" and specifies groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to include:
See NOT-OD-18-129 for more details. Institutions are encouraged to identify candidates who will increase diversity on a national basis. Following are suggested approaches for the recruitment and retention of students and fellows in categories A and B.
NIGMS places continued emphasis on the recruitment, retention and graduation of individuals from underrepresented groups. Successful recruitment of students and fellows from underrepresented groups requires active involvement of the program director, the training grant faculty and institutional officials. Thus, centralized institutional efforts alone will not satisfy the requirement to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to the training program. Some approaches that have been used by NIGMS training grant programs are presented below.
Ask training faculty and current students to recruit at meetings and poster sessions at national conferences with a high attendance of underrepresented students, such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) .
NIGMS specifically recognizes that the training community needs to gain experience in developing plans for the recruitment of individuals with disabilities. The Institute also recognizes that disabilities must be self-reported and not all students are comfortable in letting their disabilities be known. However, there must be good faith efforts to recruit students with disabilities and strong support for retention of students with disabilities.
In addition to efforts above, NIGMS offers the following strategies and resources as a starting point for consideration. These suggestions are not meant to be all-inclusive, and applicants will be expected to establish practices tailored to their institutional and program environment.
Note that describing university efforts to provide accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act alone will not be considered satisfactory with respect to the recruitment or retention plans for trainees with disabilities.
These activities may include, but are not limited to:
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