Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)
NIH Public Bulletin – February 2011
NIAID Continues to Increase Diversity in Its Laboratories
When: February 7–10, 2011
Where: NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
Institute: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
NIAID's Office of Training and Diversity (OTD) is once again hosting Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO), a program that encourages students from underrepresented populations to pursue careers in biomedical research at NIAID.
In its continuing effort to grow its diverse talent pool of outstanding biomedical researchers, NIAID has invited 20 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country to participate in INRO and glimpse firsthand the inner workings of the Institute. During the program, the students will hear scientific lectures and tour laboratories to gain a better understanding of the research conducted at NIAID. The students also will have the opportunity to interview directly with principal investigators for potential traineeship positions. It is hoped that participation in this exploratory program will spur many of the students to consider an extended training position at NIAID.
OTD supports the success of individual students and works to build NIAID's capacity to increase its diversity and increase the number of scientists conducting research related to its mission. Each year, OTD sponsors 20 to 30 trainees from underrepresented populations, many of whom are discovered through INRO. As of INRO 2011, 180 students will have participated in the program.
You can learn more about the INRO program at www.niaid.nih.gov/labs/training/inro.