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NRMN in Attendance at some of the Largest Scientific Conferences in the Nation this Year.

By November 22, 2019No Comments

Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha & Dr. MariaElena Zavala of NRMN

The National Research Mentoring Network was in attendance at some of the largest national scientific conferences this year. NRMN had representation at AISES [1] The American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Southeast Regional IDeA Conference [2], SACNAS [3] Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, as well as ABRCMS [4] The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.


What an exciting time to be able to interact with students, faculty, researchers, and industry. There was a palatable energy the moment you walk into any one of these conferences. The hope, the aspirations and dreams were all are written on the students faces with excitement and nerves as they entered the convention center doors. Within these gatherings, each conference highlights some of their welcoming traditions as well as creating an inclusive environment for people to mingle and network. The goals are largely spread out for these conferences for each individual. For some, this is their first conference ever, while others are veterans who return each year to enrich and nurture their network and collaborations.

NRMN set up a virtual group for conference attendees to join and stay connected with new and old friends. If you have the chance to join and say hi to someone you met at the conference; do so! NRMN is designed for you to continue collaborations and networking long after the physical conference comes to an end. We encourage you to join and connect with conference attendees.








Simply scan the qr code to the right and join. Note: If you do not already have your NRMN account created; you will need to create one in order to access the virtual group in addition to all of the other NRMN virtual platform resources.






Dr. Ed Krug and Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha of NRMN

Students attending SACNAS and Damaris Javier of NRMN





















[1] Founded in 1977, with a rapidly expanding membership of more than 4,600 individual members, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) sustains 189 chartered college and university chapters, 15 professional chapters, and 158 affiliated K-12 schools supporting American Indian students in the critically needed disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). AISES has awarded over $11 million in academic scholarships to American Indian STEM students. Through scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, science fairs, leadership development and other STEM focused programming.


[2] Abstract: The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) nationwide funded initiative that aims at increasing diversity of the biomedical research workforce. NRMN includes a wide range of programs, for mentors and mentees, including:

  • Guided Virtual Mentorship platform to engage in evidence-based and culturally-aware mentorship
  • Virtual Networking Platform for mentee-mentor, peer-mentoring and group mentoring
  • Professional Development

Through this workshop, participants will be provided with:

  • Information regarding the importance of mentoring, networking and professional development in preparing for a biomedical and STEM careers
  • Information on the resources available for mentees and mentors through NRMN
  • An opportunity to sign up as well as learn about partnership opportunities with NRMN
[3] SACNAS – Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science- is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Achieving true diversity in STEM. True diversity means that the field (including leadership positions) reflects the demographics of the population.


[4] ABRCMS -The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), recipient of the 2019 AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award, is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success. During the four-day conference, over 2,500 students from over 350 colleges and universities participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. All undergraduate and postbaccalaureate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline are given an award during the closing banquet.  

NRMN Booth





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