Networking Theme for 2013 Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Program Directors’ Meeting


TWD Program Directors' MeetingA goal of our Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) is to create a community of trainers and educators dedicated to developing a well-prepared, diverse biomedical research workforce.

Toward that end, the focus of this year’s TWD Program Directors’ Meeting (link no longer available) is on networking. The meeting, to be held on June 12-14 in Chicago, will address the value of sustained networking among the grantees, students and other communities served by these programs. The meeting will enable program directors to learn more about other TWD programs; establish connections with potential new partners, especially regional “neighbors”; and collectively address the Institute’s research training objectives.

Plenary sessions and keynote talks will cover the diversity of the U.S. research workforce, STEM training in the context of NIH-funded biomedical and behavioral research, and innovative approaches for evaluating and assessing our training programs. NIGMS and NIH leaders will give overviews of the Institute’s training strategic plan and the implementation of the report from the Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH.

The meeting is primarily intended for program directors and associate deans (or the equivalent) at institutions with these TWD student and predoctoral training programs: Bridges to the Baccalaureate, Bridges to the Doctorate, IMSD, IRACDA, MARC T36, MARC U-STAR, RISE, PREP, NIGMS T32 predoctoral programs and IDeA INBRE.

Online registration is open now at (no longer available) and closes May 10, 2013.

6 Replies to “Networking Theme for 2013 Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity Program Directors’ Meeting”

  1. As is often the case Bridges programs are immediately disadvantaged by placing an emphasis on Program Directors and leaving out the Bridging nature of the program (that is that the coordinators at the partner institutions is important too, and should be included in the conference).

    1. We welcome and encourage the attendance of all Bridges program representatives, including those from partner institutions and those who serve as program coordinators.

  2. May Associate Directors or Program Committee members attend in place of the Program Director for a T32?


    1. Our expectation is that NIGMS T32 programs will be well represented. An Associate Director or Program Committee member is welcome to attend in place of the T32 Program Director.

  3. Will there be a Program Directors Meeting in 2014? I am not seeing the adverts for it. Planning our calendar, so dates would help…..

    1. These meetings are planned to occur every other year, thus the next one will be in 2015. We will post details when they’re available.

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