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IRACDA Program Leadership at UCLA and CSULA
Left to Right: Erin Sanders (UCLA), Kevin Eagan (UCLA), Tracy Johnson (UCLA), Michael Carey (UCLA), Robert Nissen (CSULA), Jamil Momand (CSULA), Nancy McQueen (CSULA), Katrina Yamazaki (CSULA)
UPLIFT Fellows at 2017 IRACDA Conference in Birmingham, AL
Left to Right: Santiago Pineda, Jenny Link, and Helen Vuong
The UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in STEM fields. UPLIFT combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, with pedagogical training provided through CEILS workshops and CIRTL courses, as well as faculty mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. The program is sponsored through Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA), supported by the division of NIGMS at NIH. A major goal of IRACDA is to produce a workforce in STEM with a strong commitment to teaching diverse undergraduates, particularly at institutions that have a history of training students underrepresented in higher education. In addition to motivating the next generation of scientists at our partner institution, another goal of IRACDA is to foster interactions between UCLA and CSULA faculty that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.