What is the ESPI study?
Enhancing Successful Post-Baccalaureate Interventions (ESPI) is a multi-site research study supported by the National Institutes of Health that aims to identify activities during high school, college and the post-college periods that enhance the successful progress of under-represented minority students as well as students across the total spectrum of backgrounds into research careers in biomedical sciences.
What is the origin of the study?
The hypotheses underlying the ESPI project emerged from observations made on the during the first six years of the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Mount Sinai PREP).
Who are the participants?
Based on these observations, the ESPI study is mounting a broader based exploration into factors that enhance progress through graduate programs and into careers in biomedical science. Mount Sinai PREP will work with participating institutions nationwide to recruit and track the experiences of current and past PREP, PhD and MD/PhD students at different stages in their education and careers.
What is the ESPI study going to achieve?
The information obtained in this study should make it possible to better design pipeline and research training programs. By sharing their many experiences with researchers, participants are making an important contribution to the success of future students.
What information will be shared?
Specific information provided by individual participants about their activities and educational profiles will be coded to protect the privacy of all such information. On the other hand, all participants will be apprised of publications arising from this study and of emerging trends that may be of interest to them.
Is there any other part of the ESPI study?
Yes. On Mount Sinai’s campus, a distinct effort is testing whether introduction of specific programmatic elements of Mount Sinai PREP into the pre-doctoral research training programs (PhD and MD/PhD programs) will enhance successful retention and progression of diverse students in those programs. The results of this part of the study will also be made available at appropriate stages.