NextGenPop: Recruiting the Next Generation of Scholars into Population Research

NextGenPop is a new NICHD-funded undergraduate program (R25 HD105602) in population research that aims to increase the diversity of the population field and nurture the next generation of population scientists. The program offers undergraduates an on-campus research training experience over the summer, virtual research and professional development workshops throughout the academic year, and opportunities for mentoring and networking with population scholars from across the U.S.

The summer 2022 program will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin–Madison. From May 31-June 14, 18 undergraduate students will live and study at UW for 2 weeks. Participants will receive an introduction to population research through classroom instruction and hands-on applications that address contemporary social issues, including race and income inequalities, health disparities, immigration, and family change.

Following the summer program and throughout the academic year, NGP students will participate in monthly virtual workshops on research and professional development. In the spring of 2023, fellows will be able to present research, meet with population scholars, and reconnect with their NGP cohort at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America