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Future Research Leaders

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (as part of Poster Session III)

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

FAES Terrace

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The Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC), sponsored by the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), is an event in conjunction with the NIH Research Festival to engage exceptional early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds and increase their awareness of scientific career opportunities at NIH. The goals of the conference are well aligned with the COSWD and NIH mission to increase scientific workforce diversity by facilitating interaction between scientific leadership and Diversity Supplement recipients. This is the first trans-NIH effort seeking to increase the interest and knowledge, of individuals from underrepresented groups, about scientific positions in the Intramural Research program (IRP) at NIH.

The FRLC seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Provide an opportunity for early investigators (e.g., post-docs and tenure-track investigators), who are or have been a Diversity Supplement recipient, to learn about career opportunities and resources at the IRP
  • Provide a forum for NIH senior leaders (Institute/Center Directors, Scientific Directors, Lab/Branch Chiefs) to interact with and learn about the FRLC participants research and career goals
  • Create a network between FRLC participants with current intramural researchers to establish mentoring relationships
  • Develop a trans-NIH outreach effort model to increase the diversity of the applicant pool for scientific positions in the IRP as well as other hiring mechanisms such as the Stadtman and Lasker searches
  • Provide continuous outreach and recruitment with Diversity Supplement recipients

The success of FRLC will highly depend on the active participation of scientific leadership and selected FRLC participants. The one and a half day program is designed to provide ample opportunities for research and scientific career-related discussion among conference participants and NIH senior leaders, which includes:

  • Presentations by NIH senior leaders and FRLC participants
  • One-on-one meetings
  • Individual lab tours
  • Networking sessions
  • Opportunities to participate in the Research Festival