December 1, 2007
AIBS is now accepting applications for the 2008 Diversity Scholars Program. The program recognizes and promotes the achievements of underrepresented minorities in the biological sciences. Diversity scholars will receive support to present their research at a meeting of their choice, participate in the AIBS annual meeting, and become a member of AIBS. Students may be nominated by a member society or they may apply directly to AIBS. AIBS encourages member societies to nominate graduate or undergraduate students who wish to present research at the annual meeting. The deadline to submit an application is 15 January 2008. To download an application, visit the Diversity Scholars page on the AIBS Web site at www.aibs.org/diversity/diversity_scholars_program.html.
AIBS is also accepting applications for the 2008 Diversity Leadership Award. The Diversity Leadership Award has been established to promote best practices and disseminate successful strategies to broaden the participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in the biological sciences. The award is given each year to recognize programs that demonstrate outstanding creativity, commitment, and effectiveness in promoting diversity in biology. AIBS encourages nominations from scientific societies, K–12 schools, colleges and universities, government entities, and nonprofits, as well as other biological institutions such as museums, botanic gardens, and field stations. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 15 January 2008. To download a nomination form, visit the Diversity Leadership Award page on the AIBS Web site at www.aibs.org/diversity/aibs_diversity_leadership_awards.html.
Applications for the 2008 Media Awards are now being accepted. The Media Awards, established in 1995, recognize outstanding reporting on biological research in both print and broadcast journalism. The awards will be presented at the AIBS annual meeting, to be held 12–13 May 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. Winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to attend the awards ceremony, and a cash award of $1000. An application form accompanied by five copies of the submission must be received by 15 January 2008. The application form and complete rules of eligibility can be found at the AIBS Media Awards Web site at www.aibs.org/about-aibs/award_aibs_media.html.