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This collection features videos from the 20th anniversay symposium of the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching, FIRST, the largest and longest continuously-running biomedical postdoctoral training program in the nation. A collaboration between Emory University and the HBCU’s of the Atlanta University Center—Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, and the Morehouse School of Medicine—FIRST is funded by the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the NIH. FIRST and other IRACDA programs fill a vital niche that was previously crucially missing from the path to top careers in science: postdoctoral fellowships with built-in strong and intentional academic community and mentorship. Such programs attract and benefit everyone, but especially women and underrepresented groups—nearly half of the ~200 FIRST alumni are African-American and three-quarters are women.