Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) provides postdoctoral fellows with both research support and training in teaching methods. FIRST combines the faculties of one of the top national research universities and four of the top national minority-serving institutions in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The FIRST Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (K12) (IRACDA) is supported by the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at NIGMS, one of the National Institutes of Health, and provides interdisciplinary biomedical research training by a faculty with the expertise to nurture the foundation critical for outstanding postdoctoral research training. The current research mentors are members of more than 20 biological and clinical science departments at Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine. Over the three years of the fellowship, the research post-doctoral experience is complemented and integrated with a teaching program which moves from a How to Teach course, to classroom technologies, mentorship of undergraduates, classroom teaching experience, and course development. By many research measures, including number and quality of publications and job placement, FIRST fellows and the FIRST program are succeeding in providing a quality research experience (Eisen and Eaton, 2017). Similarly, by many evaluative teaching measures, including integrating innovative methods and courses into the AUC curricula and inspiring the next generation of minority scientists, FIRST fellows and the FIRST program are successful in teaching. Program benefits include creation of a cohesive core of postdoctoral fellows and alumni that interact in and out of the laboratory, a voice in the program's development and evaluation, as well as an increase in the overall representation of minority scientists at Emory and around the nation.

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Upcoming Events

IRACDA Conference
June 4-6, 2017
Hosted by the MERIT Program at UAB

FIRST Seminar Series
July 12, 2017
Noon - 1 PM
Speaker: Johnnie Walker, 2nd year fellow. Title: TBD
600 Whitehead Biomedical Research Building