Diversity Programs in Science
including Biology and Environmental Science
MiSciNet is a collaborative effort involving Science magazine's Next Wave Web Site and the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Launched in February 2002, MiSciNet is a weekly online journal that addresses issues targeted toward underrepresented populations. MiSciNet initiatives include outreach activities and a presence at national scientific meetings. The site includes a meetings database page. Access to the site requires a Next Wave subscription or AAAS membership.
Robin Arnette, Editor
Yolanda George, Deputy Director
AAAS Education and Human Resources Program
Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program (AGEP)
AAAS's AGEP - studies and activities information
A program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the number of under-represented minorities in the Program; AAAS manages the research and dissemination component. Specific objectives of the AGEP Program are to: (1) develop and implement innovative models for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining minority students in doctoral programs and (2) develop effective strategies for identifying and supporting underrepresented minorities who want to pursue academic careers. Directory of AGEP Project Directors at 20 Research universities can be used to communicate with minority graduate students.
Deputy Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs
American Fisheries Society: Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program
The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a national summer mentoring program for high school students sponsored by the American Fisheries Society. The principal goal of the program is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women. Application to the program is open to all current sophomore, junior, and senior high school students regardless of race, creed, or gender. Because the program seeks to increase diversity within the fisheries professions, preference is given to qualified women and minority applicants.
Students accepted into the program are matched with professional mentors and enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting. Assignments are made with participating organizations within reasonable commuting distance from the students. During the summer, students work alongside their mentors for eight weeks in the field and in the lab, collecting samples and assisting with analyzing data. A scholarship is provided to students accepted into the program.
American Fisheries Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD 20814-2199
Danielle Hawkins, Hutton Program Coordinator
301-897-8616, Ext. 213
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES provides opportunities through its educational programs for American Indians and Native Alaskans, to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technology. AISES holds a National Conference each year. AISES has 160 student chapters at universities and seven regional units with student representatives and the AISES website has a section for job listings.
Higher Education Director
2305 Renard SE, Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 765-1052
Fax: (505) 765-5608
P.O. Box 9828
Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828
- Washington D.C. AISES: Robert Stockman, President;
- Michigan AISES: Mary Henson, President;
Institutions with AISES Student Chapters
- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- University of North Carolina-Pembroke
- Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
- Ohio State University, Columbus OH
- Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
- Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
This program is designed to encourage highly qualified underrepresented minority students (African American, Native American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander) to pursue professional careers in physiological/biomedical sciences. Travel funds provide for registration, transportation, lodging, and meals for APS Conferences and Experimental Biology.
The goal of the Porter Physiology Development Program is to encourage diversity among students pursuing full-time studies toward the Ph.D. (or D.Sc.) in the physiological sciences and to encourage their participation in the American Physiological Society. The award provides 1-2 year full-time graduate fellowships in the physiological sciences and is open to underrepresented ethnic minority applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories.
This program seeks to foster communication between minority graduate and postdoctoral students and middle/high school minority life sciences students. Program activities include year-long outreach fellowships for senior graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to visit K-12 classrooms, help conduct teacher professional development workshops, and attend scientific meetings.
Minority Programs Coordinator
APS Education Office
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda , MD 20814
( 301) 634-7226
( 301) 634-7098 (fax)
Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS offers professional development and networking opportunities along with an active Career Center.
1667 "K" Street, NW, Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20006
Janet Bandows Koster, MBA, CAE
Executive Director and CEO
A public/private partnership to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in science. Their newest report on diversity in higher education is available along with other reports and publications at: http://www.bestworkforce.org/publications.htm
- A Bridge For All: Higher Education Design Principles to Broaden Participation In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - February 2004
- What it takes: Pre-K - 12 Design Principles to Broaden Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Part I & Part II - April 2004
- The Talent Imperative: Diversifying America's Science and Engineering Workforce - April 2004
5060 Shoreham Place, #200
San Diego CA 92122
Phone: (858) 458-5846
Fax: (858) 622-8946
Center for Advancement of Hispanics in Science & Engineering Education (CAHSEE)
CAHSEE seeks to increase the representation of Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities in science and engineering. Students are mentored from the fifth grade through their graduate level education and into their professional careers. Since 1992, CAHSEE has worked with over 500 pre-college students from metropolitan Washington DC; currently there are over 1,500 CAHSEE students and alumni nationwide.
Two programs of particular interest are:
- The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Institute: Summer courses for 5th-11th graders in STEM at The George Washington University, The City University of New York, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Merrimack College, and MIT. The students need to live within commuting distance from one of the universities.
- Young Educators Program (YEP): Graduate students and advanced undergraduate teach science, technology, engineering, or math to students in the STEM Institute.
8100 Corporate Dr. Suite 410
Landover, MD 20785
PO Box 34102
Washington, DC 20043-4102
phone: (301) 918-1014
fax: (301) 918- 1087
Ecological Society of America's Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability (SEEDS)
SEEDS is the flagship education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to not only participate in ecology, but to lead. Focused mainly at the undergraduate level, with extension services for communities, high schools, graduate students, and international collaborations, the SEEDS program promotes an ecology profession with wide representation to ensure environmental understanding and a sustainable future for all.
The core SEEDS program components offer hands-on, engaging experiences with ecology that exhibit the relevance and applications of the science, including field trips, scholarships to ESA annual meetings, and SEEDS leadership meetings. Each experience also provides opportunities to interact with a diverse group of ecologists and other motivated students to both broaden and deepen students' understanding of ecology and potential careers. SEEDS sponsors a growing network of Campus Ecology Chapters and SEEDSNet, a social networking site supported by webinars, virtual career fairs, and year-round activities.
1990 M St NW Ste 700
Washington, DC 20036
The award-winning EnvironMentors Project is an environment-based mentoring program with the goal to prepare urban high school students for college degree programs and careers in environmental fields. EnvironMentors matches science and environmental professionals as mentors with underserved, urban high school students in one-on-one mentoring relationships. Working together, student and mentor partners develop an experimental project on a locally-relevant environmental topic over the course of the academic year.
EnvironMentors stresses student-centered, inquiry-science in which students take responsibility for their learning through selection of their own project topics, design of their own research methods, and implementation of extensive research in the library, on the web, and in the field. EnvironMentors helps to interest and prepare students for environmental college degree programs through immersion in rigorous college prep courses; faculty presentations, symposia, and campus tours; placement in fellowships and internships with federal agency, non-profit, and corporate environmental employers.
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF)
1707 H St NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006-3915
Susan Carlson, EnvironMentors Project Director
A registry of minority students and scientists and university employers to facilitate matching candidates with job academic opportunities. An outcome of the ten-year, $20 million initiative of the GE Foundation designed to increase the number of women and under-represented minorities faculty in engineering, related sciences and business. From 1990-2000, Faculty for the Future has assisted nearly 200 students, who have earned PhD degrees and accepted faculty positions. Over 900 students are currently in the pipeline, working to gain faculty positions at colleges and universities across the US. Sponsored by the GE Foundation, WEPAN (Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network).
Faculty for the Future
Historically Black College and University/Minority Institution Environmental Technology Consortium (HBCU/MI ETC)
Program of 17 minority institutions to expand the nation's research, education, and technology transfer and exchange capabilities in both the public and private sectors in the management of radioactive, hazardous and solid wastes, and related energy, health, and space, and defense technologies. This consortium is funded by Department of Energy and managed by NAFEO and Howard University.
Jacqueline R. Williams
MAES - Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists
MAES was founded in 1974 to promote opportunities for all Hispanics in engineering and science fields. MAES hosts an annual International Symposium and Career Fair. MAES has a K-12 mentoring program called the Promotion and Awareness of Careers in Engineering and Science (PACES) as well as a one that provides support for graduate students in STEM career paths called Promotion and Awareness of Graduate Engineering and Science Studies (PAGESS). Other programs include an online career center with job listings, scholarships, awards, and professional and student chapters located all over the nation.
711 West Bay Area Boulevard, Suite #206
Webster, TX 77598-4051
Esther Moreno Gonzales
MAES National President
National Director, PAGESS
University of Arizona
National Executive Director
Program Director, Undergraduate Scholars Program
MANRRS-Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences
MANRRS is a national society that provides a network to support professional development of minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. Its membership includes high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as professional members. MANRRS works with its members to help them develop leadership skills, job readiness training, and facilitate employment and educational opportunities for its members and ensure that minorities continue to play a vital role in the agricultural and natural resource industries. MANNRS carries out its mission through six regions and in over 50 chapters across the country. Each region is governed through undergraduate, graduate, and professional officers. National Career Fairs and Training Conferences are held annually in the spring of each year.
P.O. Box 381017
Germantown, TN 38183-1017
Clifton E. Peters
National President 2004-2005
Executive Officer of Operations
Sonia Morales Osegueda
Ad-Hoc Diversity Chair,
Washington State University
MESA USA supports disadvantaged and underrepresented students to achieve academically in math, science, and engineering and to go on to attain math-based degrees. MESA started in California and has now expanded to include programs in ten states that work together to reach its goals. MESA programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Missouri, Nevada, and New York. MESA USA is currently involved in national expansion initiatives at pre-college and community college levels.
300 Lakeside Drive, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-3550
Phone: (510) 987-9337
Fax: (510) 763-4704
The goal of the ADVANCE program is to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. To meet this goal, the ADVANCE program provides award opportunities for both individuals and organizations through Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination Awards, Institutional Transformation Awards, and Leadership Awards. With each of the three types of ADVANCE awards, NSF seeks to support new approaches to improving the climate for women in U.S. academic institutions and to facilitate women's advancement to the highest ranks of academic leadership. Creative approaches to realizing this goal are sought from both men and women. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
ADVANCE Program Director
National Coalition of Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups in Engineering and Science (nCourages)
Ncourages is a coalition of eleven science and (mostly) engineering societies (AISES, GEM, MAES, MESA USA, NACME, NAMEPA, NAPD, NOBCChE, NSBE, SECME, and SHPE) working together to increase racial and ethnic diversity in these fields.
National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
NCSE has been working since 1990 to improve the scientific basis for environmental decision-making. Supported by over 500 academic, scientific, environmental, and business organizations, and by federal, state and local government, the Council works closely with the many communities that create and use environmental knowledge to make and shape environmental decisions.
NCSE Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) includes heads of environmental programs at more than 110 colleges and universities including more than 20 minority serving institutions (MSIs). CEDD works to improve academic environmental programs. CEDD is working with EnvironMentors (of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation) to help minority high school students connect with college and university environmental programs.
1707 H Street N.W., Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006-3918
Dr. David Blockstein, Senior Scientist
David (at) NCSEonline.org
Dan Durett, Director, NCSE Minority Program Office
ddurett (at) NCSEonline.org
National Science Foundation - Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program (IGERT)
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program supports projects based on multidisciplinary research themes that are organized by diverse groups of investigators with appropriate research and teaching expertise. The use of a multidisciplinary research theme provides a framework for the integration of research and educational activities, and for collaborative efforts in training. The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Thus, an IGERT project may involve investigators from one or more departments within a single institution or from more than one institution. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged, science and engineering workforce.
John P. Perhonis
Associate Program Director
This program seeks to prepare underrepresented minority scientists for leadership positions in academia and industry. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals, or lawfully admitted permanent residents and recipients of the doctoral degree within the past 4 years. The postdoctoral fellowships are designed to permit Fellows to choose a sponsoring scientist and a research and training environment that is most beneficial to their scientific development. The supporting activities include travel awards for minority graduate students who plan to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship to visit potential sponsors; an annual meeting of current and past Fellows; and research starter grants for Fellows as they begin an academic career. The Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is administered by the Office of Cross-Directorate Activities.
John P. Perhonis
Associate Program Director
The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is a national tribal organization incorporated in 1983 to develop a national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management. The Society represents professional biologists, natural resource managers, technicians, and conservation law enforcement officers with its educational, legislative, bio-technical, economic, legal, fiscal, and enforcement programs.
NAFWS holds a National Conference each year and posts internships and job opportunities on its website. NAFWS sponsors a Native American Environmental Awareness Summer Youth Practicum (SYP), a program that has been running for more than nine years, to promote natural resources management careers for Native American youth. Each year, 35 high school students are enrolled in a summer course at Mt Evans Outdoor Education Lab in Evergreen, CO.
8333 Greenwood Blvd., Suite 250
Denver, Colorado 80221
Phone: 303 466-1725
Fax: 303 466-5414
Ira New Breast
SECME, Inc. started as a southeastern coalition for minorities in engineering, but expanded to a national pre-college (K-12) alliance that links engineering universities, school systems, and corporate/government investors. Its mission is to increase the pool of historically under-represented, under-served, and differently-abled students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
151 6th Street,
NW Atlanta, GA 30332-0270
Phone: 404- 894-3314
c/o Georgia Institute of Technology
151 6th Street
Atlanta, GA 30332
Dr. Yvonne Blanchard Freeman
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
For 30 years, SACNAS has provided strong national leadership in improving and expanding opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and academia. SACNAS mentors college students within science, mathematics and engineerin and supports quality pre-college science education. SACNAS' annual National Conference and K-12 Teacher Workshops, summer research opportunities, E-mentoring Program, and online internship/job placement resources are tools that help a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students, professors, administrators, and K-12 educators achieve expertise within their disciplines.
P.O. Box 8526
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8526
Toll Free: 877-SACNAS (722-6271)
Dr. Sonia Ortega
SACNAS Board 2004-2006
Member of AIBS Human Resources Committee
Division of Graduate Education
National Science Foundation
The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)
Every year, ECO places more than 750 students and graduates in paid internships across the country. Founded in 1972, ECO has placed more than 8,450 college, graduate students and recent graduates in environmental internships with various non-profit, for profit and government agencies such as the US EPA, USGS, BLM and many more. ECO has become a leader in workforce diversity and mentorship, sponsoring over 1,800 people of color through ECO's ground breaking Diversity Initiative, which began in 1992.
Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)
30 Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
The National GEM Consortium is a unique network of universities, corporations, government agencies, alumni and faculty. Three graduate fellowship programs (M.S. Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering, Ph.D. Science) offer opportunities for African American, Hispanic American, and American Indian U.S. citizens to obtain advanced degrees through a program providing full financial assistance for graduate school and paid summer internships. Since 1976 GEM university and employer members have joined to award support to 100-200 GEM Fellows annually resulting in more than 2500 alumni nationwide and abroad pursuing leadership careers in engineering and science. Applications are accepted online between August 1 and November 1. GEM Science Advisors are at more than 70 universities and research institutions. GEM publications include titles such as "Making the Grade in Graduate School" and "The Fundamentals of Effective Mentoring." GEM's online Community Overview links to partner societies and organizations, and GEM holds an annual Conference.
The National GEM Consortium
P.O. Box 537
Notre Dame, IN 46556
The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) NetworkMathematics, Science and Engineering Program
Founded in 1990, the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the education of minority children, youth, and adults. QEM has a special focus on mathematics, science, and engineering. This program assists NSF, NASA, and NIH with its minority programs by providing workshops for faculty at minority serving institutions (MSI) to aid in preparing grants and to provide internships for minority students in STEM. QEM has two programs for minority students: Summer Science Internship Program (SSIP) - internships for minority students at NSF, and Science and Technology Centers Internship Program (STCIP) - internships for minority undergraduate and graduate students at NSF Science and Technology Centers.
1818 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Dr. Shirley McBay
UNCF Department of Environmental Education Programs (DEEP) http://www.uncfsp.org/UNCFSP/programs/eep.aspx
Implements a number of programs for students in the environmental sciences including:
Building Environmental Stewardship (BES program)
Started in 1997 as partnership of Second Nature and UNCF to establish a consortium of 10 HBCU's developing environmental curricula in conjunction with Second Nature.
Director of Environmental Programs
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 205-7649
Fax (703) 205-7645
Mentorship for Environmental Scholars (MES program)
MES is an internship program for minority students at DOE labs and facilities.
Program Assistant, Environmental Programs
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 205-7638
Fax: (703) 205-7645
8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Organizations Promoting Education and Achievements of Minorities and Persons with Disabilities
Not Specifically Science
AIGC supports Native American graduate students through mentoring and special programs. Student directory online includes name, university and graduate degree progras. The AIGC executive director, Dr. Hill, was executive director of American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) for fifteen years before joining the AIGC staff in June 2000. He is also chair and board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).
4520 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite 1B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
1-800-628-1920 -Toll Free
(505) 884-0427 Fax
Dr. Norbert S. Hill Jr., Executive Director
(505) 881-4584 ext.103
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
AIHEC supports the work of 34 tribal colleges and universities. Resources on tribal colleges are available on their website including a report titled: "Tribal Colleges - An Introduction."
121 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Carrie Billie, Deputy Director
Deborah His Horse is Thunder, Program Director
John Phillips, USDA Tribal College Liaison
Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity (CAREE)American Council on Education
CAREE was founded in 1981 to address concerns about the low numbers of underrepresented minorities in higher education. They have an annual meeting on diversity issues in higher education as well as other activities addressing K-16 issues. CAREE posts status reports such as "Minorities in Higher Education 2002-2003" and other resources online.
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 939-9395
Fax: (202) 785-2990
William B. Harvey, Vice President and Director
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
HACU represents over 390 Hispanic colleges and universities and work to improve the quality and access of higher education for Hispanic students. They hold annual meetings and conferences, have online student resources, and have an active government relations program.
8415 Datapoint Drive, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 692-3805 (voice)
(210) 692-0823 (fax)
HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)
One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 605
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 467-0893 (voice)
(202) 496-9177 (fax)
Antonio R. Flores, President and CEO
Rene A. Gonzalez, Director
Sandra Penaherrera, Director
Hispanic National Internship Program
William Gil, Asst Vice President
Collegiate Programs and Federal Relations
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
NAFEO, started in 1969, is an association of more than 100 historically and predominantly black colleges and universities.
8701 Georgia Ave., Suite 200
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, President
(Dr. Humphries trained as chemist, has been a strong advocate for minorities in science, former president of Florida A&M and Tennessee State University)
Vivian Williams, Director of Internship Programs
Phone: 301-650-2440, ext 119
National Educational Association for Disabled Students (NEADS)
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is a Canadian consumer organization with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities. NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education.
Frank Smith, National Coordinator
Rm. 426, Unicentre,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 Canada
(613) 526-8008 (Voice and TTY)
Fax (613) 520- 3704 (attention Frank Smith)
The Society for Disability Studies is an academic research society focused on disability studies. The Society hosts an annual meeting and publishes Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ), available online at: http://www.dsq-sds.org/.
Carol J. Gill, Ph.D., Executive Officer, Society for Disability Studies
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago (MC 626)
1640 W Roosevelt Rd. #236
Chicago, IL 60608-6904
Phone: 312-996-4664 (V/TTY)
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