For students and faculty – An initiative that aims to foster a more inclusive, supportive STEM community by helping students, faculty, and staff collaboratively develop a framework to understand and navigate diverse identities in the classroom, lab, and beyond.
Anonprofit organization made up of individuals committed to advancing the sciences in Puerto Rico and promoting dissemination, education, and scientific careers. With the help of the vast network of members and collaborators, CienciaPR has implemented a series of initiatives such as formal and informal education, support and mentoring for students, scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators, and provides support in scientific public policy. For more information and to become a member, visit their website here.
STEM Study Groups:
- Here is a citation for a meta-analysis of undergraduate STEM small-group learning, which can be applicable to study groups, a form of small-group learning outside of the classroom:
- Ways to Form Student Groups
- Study Groups: A Key to Surviving Grad School
Lathisms An organization created to increase the visibility of Latinx/Hispanic mathematicians.
Slideshow highlighting Black scientists and engineers.
- National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Report on Minority-Serving Institutions
- CIS Abroad: Virtual Internships with a Research Focus(see an example here)
- See3d A non-profit organization that manages the printing and distribution of 3D models for people who are blind.
- Perkins Library Resources for blind or visually impaired learners
- AWB (Astronomers Without Borders) Accessibility Guidelines
- NFB (National Federation of the Blind) National Center for Blind Youth in Science
- NSF (National Science Foundation) Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS): https://www.researchinsociety.org/
- SESD (Science Education for Students with Disabilities): http://www.sesd.info/index.htm
- A Touch of the Universe Free astronomy 3D prints
We have compiled some videos that address the multiple benefits to diversifying STEMM. Check them out!
Check out Background to Breakthrough here. It is a series of short films that highlight scientists whose diverse backgrounds and perspectives spurred insights and innovations.
An individual’s cultural identification affects many areas of his or her life and career. This is certainly true in the context of a career in biomedical research. On the one hand, cultural diversity can help bring new insights to the biomedical sciences through the convergence of differing perspectives approaching the same research questions or problems, which can in turn lead to research that can positively impact diverse communities. On the other hand, some dynamics, like implicit bias and stereotype threat, can hinder the success of rising scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in the biomedical sciences. Learn about these phenomena, and NRMN Culturally Aware Mentorship (CAM) training curricula, which are designed to explore and dissect these issues towards a more inclusive and productive climate for biomedical research that welcomes and supports the engagement of researchers from all U.S. populations.
NRMN is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide enhanced networking, professional development, research resources and mentorship experiences.
While diversity takes work, it is in the best interest of science—and society—to create a bigger us. Diverse teams have been shown to be more innovative and productive. In this video, Maggie Werner-Washburne shares examples and strategies to make a bigger us and build a more diverse and inclusive scientific community that can help find the best solutions to hard problems our world faces.
In this video, David Burgess describes the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), an NIH-funded initiative created to support the training and career development of individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research careers. NRMN will provide resources to enable mentees across career stages, as well as mentors, to engage in productive, supportive and culturally responsive mentoring relationships.
Ben Barres gives advice on how to pick a graduate advisor. He strongly suggests picking an advisor who is not only a good scientist, but also a good mentor. In this talk, he describes a mentor’s qualities and attributes, and gives suggestions on how to identify an advisor who will be a good mentor.