TRAINING & CAREERS
Expanding Diversity in Engineering and the Physical Sciences
The NIBIB is committed to increasing the participation and success of racial and ethnic minorities and other underrepresented populations in science and engineering. To this end, the NIBIB has recently awarded contracts to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Savannah State University. These contracts will allow the institutions to test the effectiveness of a concerted program combining intensive recruitment and outreach efforts; strong faculty, and peer-to-peer mentoring; exposure to academic and industrial research experiences; professional development counseling; and social networking in increasing the number of underrepresented students in STEM fields. We envision that the outcomes and ‘best practices’ reached by these institutions will inform future programs designed to further increase the STEM diversity pipeline and direct students in the pipeline to academic and industrial research careers.