With the aging population, neurological disorders will represent an increasing burden on the US health care system. Scientists are developing new technologies and approaches that can be used to help uncover the complexity of the brain and to better understand the molecular underpinnings of neural function. To aid with the development of urgently needed therapies and cures, the excellence and innovative capital possessed by citizens of any background should be harnessed. Indeed, evidence-based studies have shown that diverse teams generate better and more impactful solutions. However, currently in the neuroscience field, specific groups are under-represented and not engaged. We hope that this educational-research mentoring program will strengthen the scientific workforce for years to come.
Mission, Values & Vision
We strive to mentor, develop, and foster scientific skills, intellectual curiosity, and personal growth in undergraduates from underrepresented and deaf or hard-of-hearing (D/HH) backgrounds into PhD or MD/PhD programs in the neurosciences
We seek to diversify the workforce that better facilitates innovation and solutions to the neuroscience field
- Motivation – surmount obstacles that will come along the journey while remaining dedicated to achieving the goal
- Curiosity – love of learning, receiving feedback, and exploring novel approaches
- Inclusive – ability to listen and contribute to diverse backgrounds, upbringings, beliefs, and viewpoints
- Leadership – strong self-efficacy in inspiring others to take positive action