Reflections on Mentorship From Scientists and Mentors in an Alzheimer’s Disease Focused Research Training Program
This paper presents reflections on mentorship from scientists and mentors of the National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Carolina Center on Alzheimer’s Disease and Minority Research (CCADMR). Using a network approach to mentoring, this program aims to increase the pipeline of underrepresented minority (URM) scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease (AD) disparities. Six mentors and five scientists participated in interviews. Thematic analysis identified recurring themes; transcripts of mentors and scientists were compared. Most common thematic categories identified by mentors included experience interacting with scientists, goals as a mentor, recruitment of underrepresented minorities, scientists’ challenges, and programmatic qualities. The most mentioned categories by scientists were challenges, seminars, working with mentors, career development, and project experience. The CCADMR will use findings to enhance the experience and training methods for future grant years. Results can benefit other training programs focused on aging and AD.
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Bagasra, Omar; Johnson, Christiana L.; Miller, Margaret C.; McCollum, Quentin; Friedman, Daniela B.; Dye, Cheryl J.; McCrary-Quarles, Audrey; Ariyo, Oluwole; Ingram, Lucy A.; Chen, Hongtu; Ford, Marvella E.; Levkoff, Sue E. (2022), "Reflections on Mentorship From Scientists and Mentors in an Alzheimer’s Disease Focused Research Training Program", figshare SAGE Publications, doi: 10.25384/sage.c.6073953.v1