The Program for Research on Black Americans has held numerous training opportunities for graduate students and junior professors. Since 1998, the PRBA has held 3-day summer workshops focused on research on the African American population. Every 2 years, PRBA’s Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research sponsors summer workshops focusing on aging issues. PRBA, together with the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, co-sponsors summer workshops specifically for doctoral students. The doctoral student workshops are scheduled given the availability of funding.
The objectives of the Workshops are to contribute to the improvement of the quality and quantity of research conducted on African Americans and identify and mentor new investigators who are committed to conducting research on this population. The workshops emphasize training in several areas including: 1) writing NIH proposals, 2) conducting and publishing research, 3) ethics and the responsible conduct of research, and 4) technology tools to assist in the research process. In addition, professional development content focuses on providing individual feedback on a research proposal or project, guided coaching on interviewing for university tenure-track positions, and navigating the academy.