Advancing livestock genomics education and research in developing countries using strategies from the Virginia Tech PREP and IMSD training programs
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Our unique and impactful research and education program plan includes distinct activities that target three overlapping phases of each trainee’s tenure, which we define as the “moving in,” “moving through,” and “moving out” phases. During the “moving in” phase, 8 trainees “who need a PREP” will be recruited and assigned to mentors using our proven strategy that is “scholar-driven” and combines mentor qualities such as prior experience, which has resulted in a 98% retention for each of our 3 funding cycles. $409,537 annually or ~2.1 Million for five years. our successful interdisciplinary Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program for pre-doctoral (graduate) and pre-baccalaureate (undergraduate) students from groups underrepresented in careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Our training program is a partnership with departments and interdisciplinary graduate programs which takes advantage of Virginia Tech’s (VT) history of excellence in Engineering and the Behavioral and Life Sciences. With lessons learned in the last eight years, we will continue to recruit across disciplines and from diverse geographic areas and institutions. From the first cycle, 2007-12, a total of 23 pre-doctoral students participated in the VT IMSD program. A total of 16 (or 69.5%) have completed and received the PhD degree; Total Year 1: $467,489.