Author: Laurie Stepanek

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Laurie is a neuroscientist and former teaching faculty member who administers training and research education programs designed to enhance diversity at the undergraduate and predoctoral levels. She also manages research grants in the area of membrane biology and organelle biogenesis.

Posts by Laurie Stepanek

Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program Funding Opportunity and Upcoming Webinar


We’re pleased to announce that the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) has been reissued (PAR-22-220). PREP’s goal is to develop a diverse pool of well-trained postbaccalaureates who transition into and complete rigorous biomedical, research-focused doctoral degree programs (e.g., Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in biomedical fields relevant to the NIGMS mission

We’re hosting a webinar to discuss the key features of this FOA and to answer your questions:

Friday, December 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Zoom Meeting link
Meeting ID: 161 199 4922
Passcode: 153463
Join by phone: 669-254-5252 (San Jose) or 646-828-7666 (New York)

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Webinar for Bridges to the Baccalaureate (T34) and Bridges to the Doctorate (T32) Program Applicants


UPDATE: The slides [PDF] and video for this webinar are now available.

Are you preparing a grant application for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B) or the Bridges to the Doctorate (B2D) institutional training program? If so, please join our webinar to learn about the programs and application components. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions:

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TWD Webinar on Program Assessment and Evaluation


UPDATE: The webinars are now published and available to view.

We’re pleased to announce the first in a webinar series for the broader community on issues in biomedical research training, workforce development, and diversity. Its combination of lectures, panel discussions, and workshop activities will focus on a variety of important topics for the training community, such as program evaluation, mentoring, promotion of safe and inclusive environments, and curricular development. Our hope is that these webinars will enhance program directors’ and administrators’ ongoing management of training, career, or workforce development programs.

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