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SPIRE (Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education) has been selected as one of the Integroup Collaboration recipients of the 2018 University Diversity Award.

The University Diversity Awards recognize individuals or organizations across six categories for exemplary service or scholarship in promoting diversity, equity, social justice, community engagement, or cultural awareness.

SPIRE is funded by through the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Program, which is part of the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity under the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). SPIRE’s mission is to provide multi-dimensional professional development for science researchers and educators to succeed in academic careers, to bring engaging teaching methods into the classroom, and to increase diversity in science professions.

Postdoctoral scholars in the SPIRE Program do everything traditional research postdoctoral scholars do and more, including performing original independent research at UNC Chapel Hill, working closely with Principal Investigators who provide guidance and mentoring on research projects, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research findings at national and international conferences, participating in journal clubs and laboratory meetings, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from SPIRE’s partner institutions and UNC Chapel Hill during the academic year and in SPIRE’s Summer Research Program.

SPIRE will be recognized at the annual University Diversity Awards reception on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10:00 am at ArtSpace, 123 W. Franklin Street.

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