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    2013-2014 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology Scholars

    Ms. Takara Scott, a PhD student, in the CVRI Lab of Dr. Sharon Francis, and Ms. Jendai Richards, a PhD student, in the CVRI Lab of Dr. Qing Song were selected as Scholars in the 2013-2014 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech). This year-long mentoring program benefits graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in science, including Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and American Indians.

    This year SMDP will bring together up to 25 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to experience firsthand what the biotechnology industry has to offer in state-of-the-art research and career opportunities. The International Center for Professional Development will cover their registration, travel, lodging and meals. Scholars are paired with industry mentors who work at biotechnology companies. As part of the program the 2013-2014 Scholars will be introduced to their mentors during a 6-day training experience in Chicago, IL (April 20-25). During the training, scholars learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching. 

    They will also attend a major biotechnology conference: 2013 BIO International Convention. SMDP Biotech Scholars and their mentors create personalized mentoring plans, which they implement over the course of the year following the training session.