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During the second phase of the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) initiative, researchers are continuing to develop mentoring and networking opportunities for biomedical researchers from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, from the undergraduate level through early career faculty. To broaden the number of innovative strategies explored and increase the likelihood of impact, sustainability, and dissemination, NRMN Phase II will be organized as a consortium of independent research projects, with a Coordination Center and a Resource Center.
The NRMN Coordination Center (RFA-RM-18-003, PI: Christine E. Pfund, the University of Wisconsin-Madison) will play two main roles in NRMN Phase II. One of the Center’s responsibilities is to coordinate the early stages of data collection from the 11 NRMN Science of Mentoring interventions and provide feedback to on the data collected from the interventions to maximize the research benefit of activities. The Center’s second primary responsibility is promoting synergies between the NRMN consortium and the DPC’s
Center for Coordination and Evaluation (CEC), for the long-term collection and storage of data.
NRMN Resource Center (RFA-RM-18-002, PI: Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, the University of North Texas Health Science Center) provides a web-based mentoring tool to facilitate mentor-mentee engagement and networking. During Phase II, the Center will refine the existing
MyNRMN application and other services offered through the
NRMNet website. This Center also oversees management of the NRMN website, reports on outputs from NRMN components and will create a platform for publicly available mentoring resources and tools.
There are 11 unique research projects that make up the
Science of Mentoring, Networking, and Navigating Career Transition Points (RFA-RM-18-004) segment of NRMN Phase II. Using robust experimental designs, the projects are intended to expand the scientific scope of the NRMN initiative by exploring a variety of evidence-based mentoring and networking approaches to advance careers of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups in the biomedical research workforce.
The 11 projects are based at institutions across the United States, and each will collect data as part of the Consortium-wide Evaluation Plan:
To read about NRMN Phase I, see
RFA-RM-13-017 and visit the
NRMN Phase I webpage. For more information about the NRMN initiative, contact
Dr. Michael Sesma, Dr. Patrick Brown, Dr. Edgardo Falcón-Morales, Dr. Shakira Nelson, or Dr. Laurie Stepanek.
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