2nd Annual Meeting Diversity in STEMM at Ohio State – April 5, 2018

Ohio State personnel committed to diversifying the STEMM talent pool convened in April 2018 to learn about the initiatives that are already in place on our campus, brainstorm how we can interact more effectively, and have an opportunity to network within this community.

The ultimate goal was to synergize to make our programs more diverse at all levels.

To ask for the Presentation Slides provided and discussed during the meeting, please contact Yolanda Zepeda (zepeda.3@osu.edu).

The following items include the resources discussed and provided during April 2018 Diversity in STEMM Meeting:

  • POLARIS – Effort to meet a need for increased undergraduate retention. Research has shown mentorship to be one of the most effective tools in increasing retention. This group of concerned graduate and undergraduate students seek to make physics a more welcoming, diverse environment, particularly for women and URM students and hope to increase retention and satisfaction for underrepresented students in the BS program.
  • NRMN – CIC Academic Network (NRMN-CAN) – A nationwide network focused on leveraging CIC/Big Ten Academic Alliance resources to provide professional development, grantwriting, and mentor training to Early Stage Investigators from underrepresented populations and to assist mentors in developing core competencies for mentor facilitating and grantwriting coaching.
  • Ohio State ADVANCE – Office within Ohio State that promotes the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) disciplines at The Ohio State University.
  • “Implementing more inclusive practices in graduate admissions” by Dr. Thomas J. Magliery – There are a few problems in graduate admissions that disproportionally affect students from diverse backgrounds: (1) GRE scores have little predictive value and exhibit systematic bias, (2) there are few factors have been shown to predict success in graduate school, and (3) there’s implicit bias present. Dr. Magliery spoke about how these problems could potentially be improved and how we could increase graduate admission for students from diverse backgrounds.