September 1, 2009
AIBS is committed to advancing participation in the biological sciences for individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Each year AIBS recognizes either exemplary students from these groups or a program dedicated to broadening participation in the biological sciences. The AIBS Board of Directors and the awards committee are pleased to announce the 2009 Diversity Scholar: Danielle N. Lee.
Lee is a candidate for a PhD in biological sciences at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lee's current research is an examination of individual differences and behavioral syndromes; her dissertation title is "Individual differences in exploratory behavior of prairie voles, Microtus ochogaster." Lee is an active member of the Animal Behavior Society, and serves on its Education and Diversity Committees. Her interest in outreach to underserved groups, particularly African-Americans, includes mentoring undergraduate and high-school students and participating in after-school science programs. Lee also writes a science blog geared to young people from the inner city about urban ecology and environmental science. You can visit her blog, Urban Science Adventures! at http://urban-science.blogspot.com. Lee's research awards include grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Society of Mammalogists, and Sigma Xi. Lee will complete her degree program in 2009 and plans to pursue an academic career that emphasizes science outreach to and the participation of underserved audiences.