July 27, 2020
Ti’Air Riggins is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She has been named the recipient of the National Institutes of Health Blueprint Diversity Specialized Award in Neuroscience and plans to advance MSU’s ongoing research on implanted neurotechnology.
I was honored and a bit awestruck recently when I learned I had received a National Institutes of Health Blueprint Diversity Specialized Award in Neuroscience.
This award is significant — around $500,000 as I transition from graduate studies to a tenure-track career in academia with neuroscience-based research. It will help me fund the rest of my graduate studies, four years of postdoctoral training, plus travel and conference attendance to further my doctoral experiences.
As a transfer student with a nonlinear path in grad school, I suffered from imposter syndrome and carving out a welcoming place for myself to grow as a scientist. At my previous institution, I was told that I did not have what it takes to be an independent researcher by two previous advisers, and it affected me immensely.
READ MORE - Follow this link to read the full story about Ti'Air's award on MSU 360 Perspective: https://msutoday.msu.edu/360/2020/tiair-riggins-prolonging-the-function-of-brain-implants/