DPC Newsletter

Celebrating Mentorship in the DPC

Volume 8, Issue 1

In The News

CSUN gets grant to continue undergrad STEM training

BUILD PODER scholars Mehrnaz Siovashi and Andrea Canahui practice pipetting during their first summer research training experience at California State University, Northridge in 2017.

CSUN BUILD PODER scholars Mehrnaz Siovashi and Andrea Canahui practice pipetting during their first summer research training.

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has received a $3 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to help continue efforts to encourage undergraduate research across disciplines, and also support faculty seeking to expand students’ research opportunities.

The funds will support the creation of the Excellence in Student Training for Undergraduates, Diversity Initiative Office (ESTUDIO), a program designed to inspire new generations of researchers while expanding research opportunities for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

ESTUDIO will continue the work of the university’s BUILD PODER program, which is an undergraduate biomedical research training program funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

Read the full story in CSUN Today.

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PSU BUILD EXITO mentor receives NIH award

Lisa K. Marriott, PhD, has received the 2022 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Mentorship, which will help supplement her lab’s ongoing work to enhance training for a diverse scientific workforce.

Marriott is an associate professor in the School of Public Health at Oregon Health and Sciences University-Portland State University (OHSU-PSU) and a Principal Investigator for OHSU’s NIH-funded Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA). She is also a co-investigator for other NIH-funded training programs like the Knight Scholars Program and PSU’s BUILD EXITO, an undergraduate biomedical research training program. 

The one-year award will provide supplemental funding for Marriott’s SEPA grant to develop professional mentoring for trainees across programs and build on data collection structures that enhance long-term outcomes research.

Read the full story in OHSU Research News.

Lisa K. Marriott

Lisa K. Marriott

CSULB BUILD mentor gets AANAPI grant

Pitiporn Asvapathanagul, PhD (pulled from the CSULB story)

Pitiporn Asvapathanagul, PhD

Pitiporn Asvapathanagul, PhD, is one of three faculty members from the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to receive a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPI) students. 

The five-year grant under the AANAPI Student Success Center & Development (ASCEND) program is expected to benefit about 2,200 students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Asvapathanagul, who is an associate professor in the civil engineering and construction engineering department and a mentor for trainees in the National Institutes of Health-funded biomedical research training program CSULB BUILD, will serve as a Principal Investigator for the ASCEND program. 

Read the full story on CSULB’s College of Engineering page.

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