NIH Blueprint Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE) 12th Annual Meeting
About the 12th Annual Meeting
The NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE) aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the neurosciences. The goal is to provide such individuals with training at the undergraduate level, so that they are prepared to enter and successfully complete neuroscience Ph.D. programs. ENDURE provides undergraduate training through partnerships between research-intensive institutions and institutions with a substantial enrollment of neuroscience majors from diverse groups. This includes individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. ENDURE undergraduate training programs support a range of activities to increase student interest and involvement in the neurosciences, including research experiences, core and advanced neuroscience courses, seminars, and journal clubs. Five ENDURE awards were granted in FY10 and six awards in FY 15. Currently, there are 10 active ENDURE programs – six of which were granted in FY 20 and four in FY21.
As issued, the funding announcement (RFA-NS-20-015) cites, “it is a goal of this initiative that the NIH Blueprint Institutes will convene an annual meeting that will bring together BP-ENDURE program directors and participating students.” The purpose of this meeting is to discuss best practices and provide a forum for student scientific and academic enhancing activities. Students will enhance their networks with other ENDURE participants, peer mentoring from ENDURE Alumni and other diverse graduate students, and T32 program directors.