The AIBS Diversity Scholars Program recognized and promoted the achievements of underrepresented minorities, including persons with disabilities, in the biological sciences. Students were competitively selected to be part of the AIBS Diversity Scholars program.

This AIBS program ended in 2009 but AIBS continues to administer the AIBS Diversity Leadership Awards Program which recognizes programs that recruit and retain underrepresented minorities in the biological sciences. For more information about this program, visit the AIBS Diversity Leadership Award webpage.

AIBS Diversity Scholars, 2001-2009


  • Danielle N. Lee, Doctoral Student, University of Missouri


  • Timothy Baldwin, Doctoral Student, Alabama A&M University
  • Lauren McGee, Graduate Student, The Ohio State University


  • Daphne Gehringer, Graduate Student, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, Moss Landing, CA
  • Jennifer Honda, Doctoral Student, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
  • Tomás Martinez Trinidad, Doctoral Student Texas A&M University. College Station, TX
  • Nhu-An Nguyen, Undergraduate Student, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Sandra Woolfolk, Doctoral Student, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS


  • Christopher Himes, Doctoral Student, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Daniel Howard, Doctoral Student, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • Tsitsi McPherson, Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Andrea Rivera, Undergraduate Student, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI


  • Christina Romagosa, Graduate Student, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Andrea Davalos, Graduate Student, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Carla Cortes Baez, Student, Life University, Marietta, GA


  • Emilio M. Bruna, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, The Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Pamela Clarke, Graduate Student, Biology Department, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Michael W. Perkins, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiation Casualty Management Team, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Bethesda, MD
  • Allana Roach, PhD. Student, Department of Genetics & Human Genetics, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • DeAlma) Nicole Yarbrough-Worsham, Research Assistant, Experimental Hematology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Alicia Young-Williams, Biological Technician, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Fish & Invertebrate Ecology, Edgewater, MD


  • Sebastian Velez, Doctoral Graduate Student, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Shercoda Smaw, Doctoral Student, Biology Department, Howard University, Washington, DC


  • Tish Robertson, Senior Biologist, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Jeneen Stewart, Biology Teacher, Paint Branch High School, Silver Spring, MD
  • Joel Abraham, Pre-Doctoral Student, University of California, Department of Integrative Biology, Berkeley, CA
  • Tara Collins, Medical Student, Emory University School of Medicine, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Jose V. Lopez, Assistant Scientist, Division of Biomedical Marine Research, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Ft. Pierce, FL
  • Ninh Vu, Graduate Student, University of Idaho, Department of Forest Resources, Moscow, ID
  • Colin Young, NEBHE Doctoral Scholar, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Kumo Lartevi, Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow, APHL-NCID, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Atlanta, GA

For more information about AIBS diversity programs, please send an email to: DR. Robert Gropp at

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