Opportunities for Scholar Success

Promoting Diversity in Kinesiology: Opportunities Student and Faculty Success


Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

?The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 200 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.



National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 28,000 graduate students, post-docs and faculty members. They are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.



Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM Post-Baccalaureate Program)

This Program is an excellent preparation for individuals who are changing careers, interested in applying to an osteopathic (D.O.) or allopathic (M.D.) medical program and/or for graduating students who need to meet or strengthen the requirements for health professions schools. The Program at VCOM is a non-degree granting, certificate program offered to attract individuals from rural areas, low-socioeconomic status backgrounds, and underrepresented minorities.



National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Pride Program

The programs are designed to Increase Diversity among individuals engaged in Health-Related research, collectively referred to as PRIDE. Programs were established to provide junior scientists, whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in biomedical research, with opportunities to gain the knowledge and tools they need to carry out independent and meaningful research and advance their careers.



NIMHD Summer Research Institute

The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. To accomplish this, NIMHD:

  • Plans, reviews, coordinates, and evaluates all minority health and health disparities research and activities of the National Institutes of Health
  • Conducts and supports research in minority health and health disparities
  • Promotes and supports the training of a diverse research workforce
  • Translates and disseminates research information
  • Fosters innovative collaborations and partnerships

NIH Summer Research program

The NIH Summer Research program provides high quality research experience for high school and college students and for science teachers during the summer academic break. NIH expects such programs to help attract young students to careers in science; provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable research experience to help prepare them for graduate school; and enhance the skills of science teachers and enable them to more effectively communicate the nature of the scientific process to their students.



Auburn University Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program

The program aids in the recruitment and transition of junior/senior level undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups into Auburn’s School of Kinesiology graduate programs. Participants are provided with faculty mentorship, graduate-level academic preparation and meaningful research, teaching, service and outreach opportunities. The major objectives are to promote School of Kinesiology graduate programs and to offer an enriching experience, while providing a bridge process between undergraduate study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and graduate study at Auburn University.



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – New Connections Programs - www.rwjf-newconnections.org/ ?New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) with technical assistance and direction provided by OMG Center for Collaborative Learning located in Philadelphia, PA. New Connections is a program of the Building Human Capital portfolio (www.rwjf.org/humancapital) at RWJF which works to develop and retain a diverse, well-trained leadership and workforce in health and healthcare to meet the needs of all Americans. Created in 2005, New Connections is designed to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF program strategy and introduce new researchers and scholars to the Foundation.



This program provides support to underrepresented minority faculty members, with varying levels of research experience, to prepare them for research careers as independent investigators. The research development programs of the candidates are based on scholastic background, previous research experience, past achievements, and potential to develop into an independent research investigator. The objective of the one-time award is to develop highly trained minority investigators whose basic or clinical research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders.


Brothers of the Academy

Brothers of the Academy primary objective is to nurture productive collaborative scholarship particularly toward the desired end of promotion and tenure among the members in tenure track positions. ?The secondary objective is to foster collegial networks and relationships among the members ?Overarching Goal: Production of high quality, publishable research and scholarship that focuses upon improving African and African-American peoples, schools, and communities (socially, politically, and economically).



Sisters of the Academy

The mission of Sisters of the Academy is to facilitate the success of Black women in the Academy.?Overarching Goals? are to: (1) Create a network of Black women in higher education to foster success in the areas of teaching, scholarly inquiry, and service to communities. (2) To facilitate collaborative scholarship among Black women in higher education. (3) To facilitate the development of relationships to enhance members’ professional development.





Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) (R25)

PREP awards encourage underrepresented minorities who hold a recent baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science to pursue a
research doctorate. PREP participants work as apprentice scientists in a preceptor’s laboratory and participate in student development and
education activities. This program is expected to strengthen the research skills and academic competitiveness of participants for pursuit
of a graduate degree while also stimulating them to have an interest in addressing the health problems that disproportionately affect
minorities and the medically underserved in the United States.

For more information about PREP, see the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, (PAR-14-076), or contact Dr. Michael Bender at mbender@nigms.nih.gov or 301-594-0943.



IPREP: The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program

The Indiana University-Purdue University Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (IPREP) prepares recent college graduates, who are students from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged populations, for admission to graduate programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. IPREP is funded through the National Institutes of Health and draws on the
programmatic and research strengths of the major health and life sciences campus of IUPUI. Training is provided in biomedical
engineering, clinical psychology, human performance and kinesiology, medical neuroscience and addiction neuroscience toward the goal of matriculation into these graduate programs. The long-term goal of IPREP is to improve diversity in the community of graduate students and faculty for these five targeted Ph.D. programs at Indiana
University-Purdue University Indianapolis.