News and Announcements
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News from the 2013 National Postdoc Conference
Read about the advocacy and professional development events at the 2013 National Postdoctoral Association annual conference.
Tweets from 2013 National Black Graduate Conference
Micro-reporting from Conference of Diversity Leaders
We’re a Semi-finalist for the Echoing Green Fellowship!
Dr. Alberto I. Roca, Executive Director of our DiverseScholar non-profit, is a semi-finalist for the 2013 Echoing Green Fellowships. It was announced today that the DiverseScholar project, publishers of the MinorityPostdoc.org website, was one of 444 applicants selected at the semi-finals stage out of almost 3000 submissions. Echoing Green, based in New York, recognizes the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs through this highly competitive yearly fellowship program.
ScienceOnline 2013 Conference of Communicators
We’re attending the ScienceOnline Conference from January 30 to February 2 in Raleigh, NC. This “unconference” has many sessions on how science is communicated, taught, and done online. Join us at the diversity session Broadening the Participation of Diverse Populations in Online Science
Public (Mis)understanding of Higher Ed (& Faculty Backlash)
New Original Articles
We are now publishing original written works. Read our published articles below. Submit article ideas by contacting us at .
- Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Promote Micromentoring to Advance Diversity
- Joint Annual Black/Hispanic Physicists Conference Draws Hundreds, Gets Positive Reviews
- Creating a Diversity in Science Course
2012 Latinos in Social Media (#LATISM12) Conference
Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D. spoke on the panel “STEM: The Foundations to Create a Better Future for All” at the 2nd annual conference of Latinos in Social Media from October 25 to 27 in Houston, TX.
New Original Articles
We are now publishing original written works. Read our published articles below. Submit article ideas by contacting us at .
- Fulfilling the Education Dreams of a Filipino Immigrant
- How a High-School Chemistry Teacher Reached the White House
- NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Conference: Furthering LGBT Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics
- Imposter or Just Human: Reflecting on “Mistakes”
Now accepting submissions for the current theme of Latino/Hispanic Health: Science and Advocacy for the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival. A carnival is one blog post organized by a rotating editor who collects writings, links, photos, etc. submitted on a central theme. Peruse the past carnival editions and suggested topic list for future submission ideas.
Introducing the DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory
Our new Doctoral Directory is available to help institutions diversify their job candidate pools. Read summary demographic information about the Directory. Learn about our new Institutional Subscription packages for access to the online and print versions of the Doctoral Directory.
Now accepting submissions for the August theme of Disability Awareness and Disabled Workers in the Science Community for the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival. A carnival is one blog post organized by a rotating editor who collects writings, links, photos, etc. submitted on a central theme. Peruse the past carnival editions and suggested topic list for future submission ideas. The June carnival theme was Pride Month Edition: Queer Advocacy.
Slideshow Presentations from Past Events
Click on the image below to view slideshows from past events.
See more slideshows on our new Presentations page.
- Michelle Dawson’s presentation on Finding Your First Faculty Position at a Research Institution
SACNAS News is inviting authors to submit article ideas by July 10 to editor Jenny Kurzweil at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline has been extended for MinorityPostdoc.org readers! With a print & digital distribution of nearly 30,000 readers, the bi-annual magazine is seeking feature article pitches (1,800-2,000 words) on a wide range of topics related to Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in science including science education, op-ed pieces on current science policy, current scientific research being conducted by SACNAS scientists, scientist profiles, and resources for professional and/or academic development, etc. The previous edition of the newsletter can be found here and complete submission guidelines are found here.
Professional Development Sessions at SACNAS Conference
- Academic Faculty Jobs at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions
- Blogging and Twitter Fundamentals: Promoting Your Science Online
- Postdoc Preparation Bootcamp
Diversity in Science Blog Carnival: Pride Month Edition: Queer Advocacy
The June carnival theme is Pride Edition: Queer Advocacy hosted by Balanced Instability. A carnival is one blog post organized by a rotating editor who collects writings, links, photos, etc. submitted on a central theme. Peruse the past carnival editions and suggested topic list for future submission ideas. The May carnival theme was “Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month” hosted by the University of Washington SACNAS student chapter.
Resources Update: Fellowships, Affinity Groups, Workshops
On the Resources page we highlight resources of interest to current and future postdocs. This is the most popular page on our website. Contact us to consider listing your doctoral-level diversity opportunity on this page for free as a single link. New resources are highlighted below. If your organization wants more visibility on this website, then also request information on advertising rates and terms by contacting us at .
- ASEE-NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship
- New America Media Fellowship Program on Health and Environmental Health for Ethnic Media Journalism
- Iowa State University AGEP Postdoctoral Fellowsip
- Affinity Groups
- Minority Education and Career Exposure affinity group of Policy Fellows from the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN)
- Emory University Minority Postdoctoral Council
- Postdoc Career Development Workshops
- Committee on Institutional Cooperation: Transitioning to Faculty Life
- Howard University: Preparing Future Faculty Summer Institute
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Path of Professorship
- Northeastern University: Future Faculty Workshops
- Rice University: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position
- Texas A&M University: Roadmap for a Successful Academic Career
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County:
Faculty Horizons Workshop for Aspiring STEM Faculty
- University of Toledo: A FORWARD to Professorship Program
The April carnival theme is “the Imposter Syndrome” hosted by Scicurious at Neurotic Physiology. A carnival is one blog post organized by a rotating editor who collects writings, links, photos, etc. submitted on a central theme. Peruse the past carnival editions and suggested topic list for future submission ideas. The March carnival theme was “Women’s History Month—Exploring the role of women in the STEM enterprise” hosted by Emily Willingham, Ph.D. at Double X Science.
Grad Schools Should Broaden a PhD’s Career Preparation
The Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service have released the report Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers. The report encourages closer collaborations between graduate schools and employers to ensure that graduate education includes the development of professional skills essential to student success. Such skills include business savvy, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, innovation, entrepreneurship, and applying current content knowledge to other areas. The video is an overview of the report and includes testimonials from diverse young Ph.D.s such as Kenneth Gibbs, Taniecea Arceneaux and Samuel Haile. MinorityPostdoc.org is conducting a career path study of diverse postdocs.
New: Slideshows from Past Events
Click on the image below to view slideshows from our past events.
- Isis the Scientist’s presentation on Social Media Revealed: Useful Science Tool or Another Way to Screw Around at Work? from the 2012 panel Using Social Media to Communicate About Science and You.
- Dr. Danielle Lee’s presentation on Science and Social Media from the 2011 panel Blogging, Tweeting, & Writing: How an Online Presence can Impact Science and Your Career.
- Dr. Pedro Gutierrez’s presentation on Teaching-Intensive Careers at Community Colleges from the 2010 panel Achieving Your First Academic Faculty Job.
- Dr. Chris Des Jarlais’s presentation on Postdoc Preparation Bootcamps from the 2012 panel Effective Strategies to Diversify Your Institution’s Postdoctoral Population.
Resources Page Updated: New Fellowships, Affinity Groups
On the Resources page we highlight resources of interest to current and future postdocs. This is the most popular page on our website. Contact us to consider listing your doctoral-level diversity opportunity on this page for free as a single link. If your organization wants more visibility on this website, then also request information on advertising rates and terms by contacting us at .
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Foundation for Science and Disability
- Indigenous Women in Science Network
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Minority Postdoc Alliance
The February carnival theme is “Black History Month: Celebrating Blacks in Science, Promoting Diversity in STEM” hosted by Andrea Stith, Ph.D. at PhD for Life…. A carnival is one blog post organized by a rotating editor who collects writings, links, photos, etc. submitted on a central theme. Peruse the past carnival editions and suggested topic list for future submission ideas.
Profiles of MinorityPostdoc.org Founder, Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.
Excuse the shameless self-promotion; but, the public awareness about this website and its founder will help us achieve the goal of making this enterprise financially self-sustaining. Please read these profiles about Dr. Roca:
ScienceOnline 2012 Conference of Communicators
We’re attending the ScienceOnline Conference from January 19 to 21 in Raleigh, NC. This “unconference” has many sessions on how science is communicated, taught, and done online. We’re involved in the diversity discussion session Broadening the Participation of Underrepresented Populations in Online Science Communication & Communities
In addition to diversity activities, we participated in many other discussions. Here’s a report on one of the more interesting: Academia is Productive but Messy - Effects on (Mis)Communication
Read the the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival whose topic is Native American Heritage Month. A carnival is one blog post organized by a rotating editor who collects writings, links, photos, etc. submitted on a central theme. Peruse the past carnival editions and suggested topic list for future submission ideas. Postdoc Danielle Lee, blogger at The Urban Scientist, hosts the current edition.
Calendar and Events Page Updated
Both pages have been updated for 2012. The Events page lists places where our organization plans to have a presence. The Calendar page has all conferences, workshops, etc that may be of interest to current & future diverse postdocs (and their allies). Potential advertisers, we can distribute your job/ opportunity announcements during the events that we attend. For more info, contact us at .
Call for ASBMB Spotlight Interviewees
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) publishes a monthly online column, Research Spotlight, which highlights the research and career paths of distinguished biomolecular/biomedical scientists from diverse backgrounds. In doing so, the ASBMB seeks to inspire up-and-coming scientists to pursue careers in the molecular life sciences. The ASBMB is looking for candidates who are willing to be featured on Research Spotlight. Candidates can be Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, or young or established faculty/ researchers. Candidates do not need to be members of the ASBMB. Each individual will have some of their biographical information, accomplishments, and photo posted on the society’s website for one month. To see previous scientists featured on the ASBMB Research Spotlight, go to: www.asbmb.org/spotlight. Contact Weiyi Zhao at email@example.com if you’re willing to be featured or would like to nominate someone for the ASBMB Research Spotlight.
Resources Page Updated: New Fellowships, Book Icons
On the Resources page we highlight resources of interest to current and future postdocs. This is the most popular page on our website. Contact us to consider listing your diversity opportunity on this page for free as a single link. If your organization wants more visibility on this website, then also request information on advertising rates and terms by contacting us at .
- University of California, Davis: Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
- University of California, San Diego: Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
- University of Michigan: President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Conference Gateway to Diversity in St. Louis, MO
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is meeting November 9-12 in St. Louis, MO. MinorityPostdoc.org Founder, Alberto Roca, will be speaking Saturday on the panel “Navigating Your Way into a Postdoctoral Position and Opportunities for a Successful Postdoctoral Experience”. This is our last major conference of the year after twenty-five events!
Hispanic and Native American Scientists in San Jose, CA!
- Blogging, Tweeting, & Writing: How an Online Presence can Impact Science & Your Career
- The Value of Doing a Postdoc
- Career Opportunities at the Intersection of Science and Policy
- Tell Me About Yourself: The One-Minute Biosketch
Conference of Ford Fellows
This weekend is the annual Conference of Ford Fellows in Irvine, CA from October 14-15. This is a unique invitation-only national conference of high-achieving scholars who are committed to diversifying the professoriate and who use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Funded by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies, the fellowship program has Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral awards. MinorityPostdoc.org will be attending to recruit individuals for our Candidate Database.
Inaugural Pan-Asian Scientist Conference
Exciting news: The Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) is having its first annual conference in Baltimore, MD from September 30 to October 1. Part of SASE’s mission is to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success. The organization celebrates the pan Asian cultures; and, much like other diversity science organizations, welcomes members from all ethnic and professional backgrounds. MinorityPostdoc.org will be in attendance to support this important event. Read about this historic conference.
Attending Diversity Physics Conference
We’re participating in our first Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists in Austin, TX this week. The conference season has started and our Fall travel schedule is here. We proactively recruit postdocs for our Candidate Database and so expect the physical sciences representation to grow.
Aggregating Diversity & Postdoc News for Busy PhDs
On the Articles page, we aggregate published items of interest to current/future postdocs. We scan the diversity literature and news outlets as well as publish original articles. Below is a selection of recently highlighted works.
- Postdocs: Striving for Success in a Tough Economy
- Overcoming the R01 Race Gap
- Conservation of an Endangered Species: the Female Scientist
- Faculty Immobility in the New Economy
- The A to Z of Dual-Career Couples
Fall Academic Hiring Season
Openings for faculty positions are appearing in all the usual venues. MinorityPostdoc.org is poised as a niche marketing site with a diverse readership. The Job listings page has a complete roster of institutions who are reaching out to expand the diversity of their candidate applicant pools. Below is a subset of our advertisers; and, we post the latest openings in the announcements section above at the top of every website page. Advertisers can request ad rate info by contacting us at
Live Discussion on Underrepresented Scientists
Science magazine hosted a chat on August 25 on “The State of Minorities and Women in Science”. Panelists are Drs. Chad Womack and Laure Haak. Motivation for this discussion are the recent reports on disparities in the experiences of black (NIH grant success) and female (wage gap) scientists.
We’re attending the annual Leadership Alliance National Symposium the weekend of July 29-31 in Old Greenwich, CT. In the panel “The Postdoc Experience and More”, Dr. Alberto Roca will be giving advice about diversity fellowships. Follow his micro-blogging @MinorityPostdoc.
We’re participating in our first Blogging While Brown Conference in Los Angeles, CA this weekend. Since 2008 this event has provided continuing technology education and networking opportunities to an audience primarily comprised of African American digital media content creators. We’re interested in finding out how prominent are science and academia topics at this event and in the wider minority blogging community. We are also here supporting Danielle Lee, PhD, whose blog Urban Science Adventures! is nominated for Black Weblog Awards in the categories of Green/Nature/Outdoor blogs and Science/Technology blogs. Danielle has recently begun writing for Scientific American blogs.
Read the the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival whose topic is Pride Month: LGBT science and community of scientists. A carnival is one blog post organized by a rotating editor who collects writings, links, photos, etc. submitted on a central theme. Peruse the past carnival editions and suggested topic list for future submission ideas. Postdoc Jeremy Yoder, blogger at Denim and Tweed, hosts the current edition.
Speaking at Preparing Future Faculty Institute
The PFF Summer Institute Ph.D. graduate student audience draws from the programs of the Atlantic Coast Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Alliance as well as the Howard University Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. Dr. Alberto Roca will be speaking on the panel “Finding a Postdoc to Match Your Career Goals”. Read about our other Summer trips.
Presenting at the Conf. on Understanding Interventions
Join us at the 4th annual Conference on Understanding Interventions occurring May 26 to 28 at Vanderbilt University. Our abstract was selected for a Symposium Presentation. The Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers was established to facilitate dissemination and exchange of hypothesis-based research on interventions and initiatives that broaden participation in science and engineering research careers. The conference is designed to create a dialogue among behavioral/social science and education researchers, evaluators, and faculty in STEM fields who participate in interventions programs.
Meeting Minority Chemists
There were around 1000 attendees at the annual conference of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). We met many chemistry graduate students (and a couple of postdocs). Dr. Alberto Roca informally provided postdoc career advice and arranged a site visit to the Texas Medical Center where NOBCChE students learned about research/teaching postdoc opportunities. Also, our website student intern, Stephanie Miller, presented a poster on her lunar dust research. In the coming months, we will publish longer descriptions of our experience from these Spring trips.
Networking with AAAS Policy Fellows
MinorityPostdoc.org Founder, Alberto I. Roca, spoke at the inaugural meeting of the Minority Education and Career Exposure (MECE) affinity group of Policy Fellows from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The MECE group is focused on enhancing the visibility of underrepresented minorities in science. The other speaker was Dr. Sherilynn Black, Director of the Duke University Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity (3rd from left in photo below). MECE co-chairs are AAAS Fellows Dr. Robin Broughton and Dr. Chi Onyewu (in photo, far left and far right, respectively). In the audience were at least 10 minority Ph.D.s who are interested in STEM policy careers. The forthcoming MinorityPostdoc.org Candidate Database has individuals who are exploring a variety of career choices.
Tapia Conference: 4 Math/Comp.Sci. Postdocs Found
The Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference is over. From over 500 attendees, approximately 75% were students. However, we found the needles-in-the-haystack and identified 4 postdocs from the math and computational science disciplines. Watch for them in the “Postdoc Spotlight” feature in the near future. All of this on-the-ground networking is the proactive way that we recruit individuals for our Candidate Database. Three more conferences left in our Spring travel season. See you next week at the FASEB EB meeting.
ScienceOnline2011: MLK Jr. Memorial Session Video
The ScienceOnline Conference (January 13 to 15, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina) is the fifth annual international meeting to discuss (in “unconference” style) the way that the internet is changing how science is communicated, taught, and done. Video from the session was published March 13. Read about the session and view the video.
Candidate Database in Development
We are developing a Candidate Database of postdocs for prospective employers to use for recruiting. We currently have an internal contact database of around 950 postdocs and are in the process of collecting CVs from these individuals. We will be updating the Postdoc Spotlight feature more frequently as postdocs complete our invitation-only survey.
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ABRCMS Posts Conference Dates Through 2015!
Wow! Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) has published its conference dates for the next FIVE years:
- 2011 Nov 9-12; St. Louis, MO
- 2012 Nov 7-10; San Jose, CA
- 2013 Nov 13-16; Nashville, TN
- 2014 Nov 12-15; San Antonio, TX
- 2015 Nov 11-14; Seattle, WA
ASM is an efficient conference organizing machine! Unfortunately for both 2010 and 2011 there’s a conflict with the annual meeting of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The MinorityPostdoc.org Calendar aggregates many diversity conferences (especially in the STEM disciplines) so perhaps it can be used to avoid conflicts in the future. Submit your event for consideration on our Calendar page by contacting us at .
Teaching Fellowship Available
Apply for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Biology at Colgate University.
Promote Diversity Bloggers
Nominate a Diversity Blogger for the Open Laboratory 2011 Book.
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is Hiring
Multiple Faculty Positions at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
New Events page
We’ve created an Events page to publicize our in-person activities. For example, Editor Alberto Roca spoke recently at ScienceOnline 2011 and is organizing activities at the conference of the National Postdoctoral Association. He will also be attending various upcoming STEM/diversity events.
Resources page now updated
Resources page now updated with new fellowships from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Michigan, and Westminster College. Also the Point Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship deadline is February 11.
Check out the new page on Diversity Bloggers.
Westminster College Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship accepting applications.
Policy Panel at the 2011 NPA Conference
Join us at the NPA annual meeting (March 25-27 in Bethesda, Maryland) for a discussion about
Policies Impacting Postdoctoral Hiring & Diversity.
NOGLSTP “Out To Innovate” Summit
Read about this inaugural GLBTQ STEM Career Summit. MinorityPostdoc.org was an Event Partner.
Read about Core Competencies to assess your career skills.
Point Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship
Scholarship application opens December 10.
Calendar and News pages updated
Fri. Dec. 3 Advertising Deadline for E-Newsletter
The end-of-year electronic newsletter will be sent out to our database of over 850 postdocs the week of Monday December 6. Potential advertisers should submit their text copy by Friday December 3 for the job/opportunity listings page. Advertisers can request information on rates and terms by contacting us at
UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Fellowships deadline December 1.
ABRCMS conference in Charlotte, North Carolina
Find us in attendance at the following activities organized by the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scientist Orientation and Mixer
This mixer is a great opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to share experiences, relax, and network. Recruiters of postdoctoral positions are invited to attend this social.
Panel: Opportunities for a Successful Postdoctoral Experience
Discussion will focus on (i) setting goals and (ii) finding and funding the right postdoctoral position. It also discusses many of the critical issues that students face when selecting postdoctoral positions, including funding, expected duration, racial and ethnic composition of the postdoctoral pool, health care and other benefits, job responsibilities, and career development activities.
NOGLSTP Out-to-Innovate Summit
2010 SACNAS Conference Postdoc events a big success!
Thanks to the volunteers and invited outside speakers who contributed to great events! Read about the activities that we chaired at the annual SACNAS conference in Anaheim, California from September 30 to October 3. We had significantly expanded the number of professional development sessions for advanced Ph.D. graduate students, postdocs, and junior professionals. Late abstract deadline for postdocs was July 20. Learn about SACNAS and the conference from this Kauffman-funded video. Conference pre-registration deadline was September 2.
SACNAS Conference travel funds
COACh workshop still has postdoctoral travel funds for those attending SACNAS conference.
Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Day!
Faculty job search season begins
SACNAS Conference Late abstract deadline July 20
Conference 2010 page updated. Travel award deadline July 9.
Considering a postdoc?
Proposed 2010 SACNAS National Conference Events
Read about the proposed activities at the annual conference in Anaheim, California from September 30 to October 3. We have significantly expanded the number of professional development sessions for advanced Ph.D. graduate students, postdocs, and junior professionals.
National Postdoc Assoc. conference: March 12-14
We will be at the NPA meeting in Philadelphia, PA. We’re looking forward to the Diversity Panel. Details to come on a meet-up for dinner. Join us!
Read article about a Latina Scientist LinkedIn group
2009 SACNAS Conference Postdoc events a big success!
Thanks to the Postdoc Committee and other volunteers who made the activities at the 2009 Dallas, Texas conference so successful.
New calendar page publishes diversity events
Resources page now updated
See new career development workshops section.