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SEE-Diversity to Success Workshop

Posted by on Monday, January 27, 2020 in Announcements .

SEE-Diversity to Success Workshop

June 11-17, 2020

Marine Biological Laboratories


Announcing a new mentoring and career-enhancement program, SEE-Diversity (Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity) to Success, for diverse early-career neuroscientists. The program begins with an intensive workshop to be held at the Marine Biological Laboratories (MBL) on June 11-17, 2020, to be followed with 4-8 months of individual career-development coaching. Eligible SEE-Diversity participants are early-career Ph.D. scientists in neuroscience-related fields who come from groups that are underrepresented in neuroscience, including racial and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. “Early career” includes senior postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, assistant research professors, and other pre-tenure level academic positions. Applications for SEE-Diversity to Success will be accepted through March 6, 2020.


About SEE-Diversity to Success

SEE-Diversity is a privately funded program (primary sponsors acknowledged in the heading) whose goal is to increase the successful transition to and retention of diverse, early career neuroscientists into academic positions. The program will leverage the incredible intellectual and scientific resources of the MBL to provide diverse Ph.D. neuroscientists 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. In the initial workshop, participants will form small grant-coaching groups, facilitated by a senior faculty member. These groups will meet in person during the workshop and then engage in virtual meetings for 4-8 months to revise and hone grant applications prior to submission. Therefore, applicants should be planning to submit a career development (e.g., NIH K or NSF Career Award) or research grant (e.g., NIH R or NSF standard) application within 6-8 months of the workshop. Other structured activities during the workshop will address issues that impact the persistence of diverse neuroscientists in academic careers, such as the perception that they do not belong in the scientific community, isolation and solo status, and negotiating institutions and tenure.


How to Apply for SEE-Diversity to Success

Applications to should be submitted as a single pdf to the workshop leader, Dr. Anne Etgen, Professor Emerita, Albert Einstein College of Medicine at ( The application should include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page description of proposed grant application (Specific Aims page for NIH applicants; Project Summary for NSF applicants) including planned submission deadline
  • One-page personal statement describing your commitment to an academic career, your research area, availability of scientific advisors, and expectations of the workshop
  • Two letters of reference

Significant financial support is available from IBRO, Addgene, and the Alzheimer’s Association for those accepted to the SEE-Diversity to Success workshop.

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