News and Announcements
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Apply for Science Writers 2014 Diversity Travel Fellowship
We’re happy to announce the DiverseScholar National Association of Science Writers (NASW) Diversity Travel Fellowship. Sponsored by a generous NASW Idea Grant, these travel awards (5 at $1,000 each) were created to encourage underrepresented minorities in science journalism to attend the ScienceWriters2014 conference (October 17-21; Columbus, OH). Deadline to apply is Friday August 29 at 11:55 pm PST using this online application. U.S.-based underrepresented minority journalists are encouraged to apply especially African-, Hispanic-, and Native-Americans who have journalism experience in STEM, medicine, health, environment, technology, etc.
2014 Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference
Join us at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing occurring February 5 to 8 in Seattle, WA. We are organizing a session on “New Diversity Interventions for the Tech Workforce & Entrepreneurs”. Come learn about coding bootcamps, pitch events, startup accelerators, co-working spaces, and other activities with a diversity mission.
Vote for DiverseScholar to Receive NewU $20K Seed Grant!
Update: Unfortunately, we did not receive the grant. Thank you very much for your vote; and, we hope that you learned about our workforce diversity efforts. Congratulations to the recipients of the NewU grant.
DiverseScholar is asking for your vote to receive a $20,000 seed grant from the UNITY Journalists for Diversity “NewU Startup Competition”. Please view the pitch videos from all 11 competitors and then vote for DiverseScholar and one other entry (deadline now November 30 at midnight PST; extended 1 day due to survey form technical glitch). Update: As of noon on Nov 28, DiverseScholar is in third place but the voting results are quite close (figure below)!
Funds will be used to help us market the DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory to academic institutions to diversify their faculty candidate pools. Each sale of a directory places hundreds of diverse postdoc’s CVs into the hands of faculty search committees! These postdocs will be diverse role models for the growing minority student population. Funds will also be used to maintain the MinorityPostdoc.org website, to produce the next print issue of the DiverseScholar periodical, and to create travel awards for future ScienceOnline and LATISM conferences. You can vote multiple times but from different devices (IP address only used once through SurveyMonkey form).
If the UNITY website is down, then use these links to:
Posted 4-Nov-2013, Updated 6-Jan-2014
Vote to Select a New Female Scientist Bobblehead
A controversial video was recently released on YouTube (and subsequently taken down) featuring Einstein and several other famous scientist bobbleheads. Now the publicity has resulted in an effort to create more female #BobbleheadSci entists by the manufacturer. Bobbleheads.com is asking which female scientist you would like to see turned into a bobblehead (deadline December 1):
- Rosalind Franklin
- Jane Goodall
- Grace Hopper
- Ada Lovelace
- Barbara McClintock
- Lise Meitner
- Sally Ride
Latino Startup Alliance Innovator Summit
This first annual Innovator Summit by the Latino Startup Alliance brings together Latino tech entrepreneurs for two days of startup pitches, keynotes, lighting talks, workshops, networking, and the fostering of both partnerships & friendships to help support Latino startups globally (December 5-6; San Francisco, CA). Apply for the LSA Startup Pitch Competition where selected startups will have a chance to pitch in 5 categories (Cultural, Commerce, Social Entrepreneurship/EdTech, Mobile, & Latina focused Apps) for prizes and meetings with investors.
FASEB Stand Up for Science Video Contest
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is offering a $5,000 prize for a short video to inform Americans about how federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, fund research throughout the country. The competition opened on October 1, and video submissions will be accepted through November 30, 2013. The winning entrant will be announced in February 2014. FASEB encourages individuals and groups from around the country to participate. More information about the contest and the entry form can be found on the Stand Up For Science competition website. Last year’s contest winning video is below.
A Potential Collaboration with Diverse Programmers
On September 14, DiverseScholar was at the first weekend of the Sabio Developer Bootcamp witnessing the birth a new initiative for diversifying the professional technology workforce. For a Sabio Build project, the DiverseScholar Executive Director presented an idea of a tool to aid the diversification of the doctoral workforce. Learn more.
Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media 2013 Conference
DiverseScholar Executive Director, Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D. will be moderating the panel Student Software Coding Experiences for Future Latino Entrepreneurs at the annual conference of Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media (#LATISM13) from September 19 to 21 in New York, NY.
Seeking Adjuncts to Participate in Multimedia Campaign
Emory University PhD Sociology graduate student Tressie McMillan Cottom informed MinorityPostdoc.org that a professional colleague of hers is working on a multimedia campaign exploring the adjunctification of academic labor. For examples of national press on this issue, see New Faculty Majority. The team working on this campaign is attentive to diversity and are seeking adjuncts from the Asian, Hispanic, Native, or African American communities. Individuals can be full time but non-tenured, people who are “permanent” adjuncts, or people who have full time “day” jobs but teach afterhours. Those interested in participating please contact Privacy will be respected.
MinorityPostdoc.org Contact List has 1,200 Emails!
Our Monthly Newsletter Contact List has over 1,200 emails! To put that number in perspective, NSF estimates that there are only 2,400 underrepresented minority postdocs in the USA. The word clouds below show the institutions and names present in our email contact list. We keep this list current by removing inactive accounts after each monthly mailing. Read summary demographic information about the Doctoral Directory that is derived from email contact list members who join the CV database. Advertisers, your opportunities are delivered to these diverse readers so request ad rate info by contacting us at
Partnership with Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
DiverseScholar announces a mutual partnership with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) — a non-profit consortium of over 650 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations. Consortium members share a commitment to hiring the most diverse and talented faculty, staff, and executives. DiverseScholar and HERC will cross-promote each other’s services to their respective communities. DiverseScholar will also be offerring discounts on its services to HERC members.
Advertisers, note email newsletter July 19 deadline!
With the Fall academic marketing season approaching, academic advertisers should note the following deadlines for the DiverseScholar monthly email newsletter. The publishing schedule below lists deadlines when advertisement copy must be received by 5pm PST. If there is enough demand, then we may add a second mailing during the month. These email announcements drive postdoc readers to our website. Schedule subject to change without notice.
Advertisers can request ad rate info by contacting us at
Sabio.LA: Software Developer Bootcamp
Apply for a software developer bootcamp to prepare for a new career in programming. Sabio guarantees that participants will be employable with the new skills that you acquire.
New “Tech” Entrepreneurship Resources
See our new Entrepreneurship list of funding and professional development opportunities from organizations with a mission for diversity.
- African American Entrepreneurs in Technology Summit
- Blacks In Tech
- Black Startup crowdfunding
- Crowdismo crowdfunding
- FOCUS100 Startup BootCamp
- Latino Startup Alliance
- Manos Accelerator
- NewME Accelerator
- NewU Startup Camps
- Nuevo Labs Startup Accelerator
- Sabio Developer Bootcamp
Hangout: Academic Stories to Engage People
We had a lot of fun participating in our second #IsisVsTomasson Hangout on the topic of how do scientists/academics use their personal stories (& research narratives) to engage the general public (#StoryMaven). These Hangouts are led by Michael Tomasson (@MTomasson) and “Isis Morena” (pseudonym @DrIsis).
Hangout: Increasing Participation in Research & Careers
We contributed to a discussion on the participation of underrepresented populations in research studies and academic careers (#MoreInvolved). These #IsisVsTomasson Hangouts are led by Michael Tomasson (@MTomasson) and “Isis Morena” (pseudonym @DrIsis).
Speaking at Annual IRACDA Postdoctoral Conference
We’re presenting at the annual IRACDA Postdoctoral Conference hosted by Emory University and the Atlanta University Center (June 2 to 4). Dr. Alberto Roca is speaking on the topic — Connecting IRACDA Fellows to Academic Diversity Stakeholders: Who are Your Institutional Champions? The conference brings together administrators, mentors, and postdocs from institutions funded by the NIH training grant program called Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA). The programs combine a traditional supervised postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop teaching skills through mentored assignments at a minority-serving institution. We will be micro-reporting the event with Tweets labeled #IRACDA2013.
National Survey of Sexual Diversity in STEM
If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans, have at least a Bachelor’s or technical degree, and are currently working in a STEM field in any capacity — from grad school to tenure-track faculty to corporate R&D to government employees to teachers — then please participate in this survey. This research is being conducted by Jeremy Yoder (Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota) and Allison Mattheis (new faculty member in the College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles). As queer academics, they’re interested in understanding and improving the climate for LGBTQ professional, faculty, staff, and students in STEM. Also, please help spread the word by sharing the short link http://bit.ly/queerSTEM along with the hashtag #QueerSTEM.
#BGNpodcast: Black & African-American Software Coders
We participated in a Black Girl Nerds podcast on the topic “Black Coders” on May 13, 2013. Discussion was moderated by Jamie Broadnax. BGN is “a place for women of color with various eccentricities to express themselves freely and embrace who they are. This is not a site exclusively for Black women. It’s for ALL women who are just as nerdy as we are.”
Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit
We’re micro-reporting from this 4th annual discussion on latino leadership occuring on May 11 at Stanford, CA. Kudos to volunteer Heidi Hernandez Gatty of Small Brown Girl Consulting for Tweets (see Storify below).
Promoting Postdocs at Texas Diversity Conferences
For the next few weeks, we are in Texas at various conferences promoting diverse postdocs as a talent pool for recruiting. At the PeopleConnect conference, Executive Director Alberto Roca will be speaking on “Minority Postdocs are the Source for Future Faculty of Color”.
- Diversity Summit
May 3; Houston, TX
- American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)
May 7-10; San Antonio, TX
May 15-17; Austin, TX
Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium #KoFoC13
The 6th Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium is April 14 to 16 at the University of Minnesota. DiverseScholar Executive Director, Alberto Roca, will be speaking on “Minority Postdocs are the Source for Future Faculty of Color”. He will also be micro-reporting the event with Tweets labeled #KoFoC13.
Symposium: ADVANCEing STEM Faculty at UC Davis
On April 25 the University of California, Davis ADVANCE program had a Symposium on “ADVANCEing STEM Faculty at UC Davis”. Storify below.
Discussion on Science News & Media Diversity #SciComm
We participated in a Google+ Hangout on the topic “Science News & Media Diversity #SciSplain #JournoSplain #SciComm” on April 11, 2013. Discussion was moderated by Danielle Lee and involved members of @TheDarkSci — a team of #STEM enthusiasts working to spread the word about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics especially through niche & ethnic media publications.
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 [email protected]. 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 protected] 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.