Very few would disagree with the fact that scientific competitiveness largely depends on having a diverse population. The benefits of diversity in the sciences include enhanced innovation and increased engagement and growth in scientific knowledge. Scientists are often operating in an international or multi-faceted national context, and to service the scientific community well, they need to attract and retain people from the full range of demographic segments. Having a diverse scientific community brings a range of useful perspectives to the table and there is a significant competitive advantage if scientists are able to optimize these differences in their colleagues. Many talented trainees from diverse backgrounds will be locked out of highly competitive neuroscience research laboratories and programs due to lack of preparedness. This deficit in diversity leads to a lack of competiveness and innovation in neuroscience research that comes with increased diversity.

Our program meets this need with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars Program. The overall objective of this program is to provide the necessary tools that will enhance engagement and retention of underrepresented graduate trainees in the neuroscience workforce. This will be accomplished through providing a highly supportive and specialized day-to-day educational and training environment. Interested and qualified graduate trainees are eligible for enrollment upon acceptance to the UAB Graduate School with emphasis on Neuroscience research. 

This program is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NINDS R25 NS089463), the UAB Office for Equity and Diversity and the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center.

Below are the requirements for formal enrollment. Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident from at least one of the groups described below:

1. Racial and ethnic groups such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

2. Students with disabilities, i.e., who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. These students must be registered with UAB Disability Support Services. 

If interested, please fill out the application and email it to Anita at asestis@uab.edu.