Hampton, Va. - Hampton University has received a $192,332 planning grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a National Research Mentoring Network Consortium. The Consortium will bring together mentoring and networking programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members to create a national health research network.
The grant will also lead to the formation of an infrastructure for a national consortium to provide networking and mentoring for individuals from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research careers.
The project assesses mentoring and networking programs available and analyzes how existing mentoring and networking strategies can be effectively coordinated and delivered on a national basis. The program will also design innovative mentoring methods such as mentoring courses, internet instruments, social media mechanisms and other pertinent methods of training and/or recruitment that will be integrated into a five-year award proposal application. HU was one of five universities nationally to receive this award.
“The consortium will promote diversity of the biomedical, clinical and behavioral research workforce as well as increase the capacity of both MSIs and PWIs to confront health care problems and increase the likelihood that vulnerable populations will be better served and, thus, result in a reduction in health disparities” stated Raymond Samuel, assistant dean of HU School of Engineering and Technology and principal investigator of the grant.
The HU team also includes Zina McGee, professor of sociology and co-principal investigator of the grant, and Chenere Ramsey, assistant professor of biology and project director of the grant.
“Targeting institutions that promote diversity and their prospective and junior faculty members whose research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve basic and clinical problems related to health disparity diseases is an important need that the Hampton Consortium will address,”stated McGee.
The award was issued by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20MD008698.