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American Society for Microbiology
Search for a Minority Mentor: ASM's Minority Mentoring Program

The Underrepresented Members Committee of the Membership Board is proud to announce the development of the Minority Mentoring Program, an online resource for minority microbiologists at all levels of their careers. ASM members of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are welcome to participate as mentors. For more information click here.

Neuroscience Scholars Program

Each spring, the Society for Neuroscience accepts applications for its Neuroscience Scholars Program. This program is designed to enhance career development and professional networking opportunities for pre- and postdoctoral minority students in neuroscience. The program, made possible through a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), provides fellows with the following:

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

SACNAS continues its tradition of working to increase Native American and Chicano/Latino presence in the scientific community. The SACNAS Conference offers a national forum for investigation of questions related to the theme and the development of a new generation of leaders who will be instrumental in shaping future directions and applications of scientific research.

Offers travel assistance to students and postdocs.

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is a national conference designed to encourage students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical sciences or behavioral sciences, including mathematics and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating student success.

Formerly known as the MARC/MBRS Symposium, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is sponsored by The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Division of Minority Opportunities in Research Program (MORE) and managed by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

During this four day conference, there are scientific sessions, professional development workshops, poster sessions, exhibits and many networking opportunities.
This conference provides opportunities for:

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Eligibility Requirements:

U.S. citizen or national
Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Stipend and Allowances:

Predoctoral- $20,000 for one year
Dissertation-$21,000 for one year
Postdoctoral-$40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution

All awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Contact Information:

Fellowships Office
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Phone: 202-334-2872
Fax: 202-334-3419

New England Science Symposium

The aim of the New England Science Symposium is to encourage post-doctoral fellows, medical/dental/graduate and college students, particularly underrepresented minority individuals involved in biomedical or health-related research, to present their research projects through oral or poster presentations, and to exchange ideas to further their career development. The deadline for abstract submission is December 1, 2006 and online submission will be available.

This Symposium is sometimes held just after the Biennial Biomedical Science Careers Program Student Conference. The BSCP student conference is designed for students from high school to post-doctoral level and addresses the need for student mentoring, guidance, support and career development. It offers participants the opportunity to interact with high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in addition to faculty in both a mentor and "mentee" capacity. More information on the BSCP Student Conference will become available every other year at

The Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 31 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching college and universities. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) now includes a full weekend of workshops and panels specifically for graduate students preparing to take the next step in their careers. Travel, lodging and meals are provided. Applications will be online each spring.

Minority and Indigenous fellows program

The yearlong Minority and Indigenous Fellows Program pairs undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty from underserved populations at colleges and universities with industry Mentors. Fellows are introduced to the biotechnology industry during the Biotechnology Institute Education Conference, where Mentors and Fellows attend sessions on new and emerging technologies, mentoring, scientific content updates, and field visits to local industry and research facilities. All Fellows attend the BIO Annual International Convention. The program continues with a year of mentoring.

This program is generously sponsored by Amgen Inc., with lead funding provided by Gilead Sciences and additional funding provided by Biogen Idec Foundation, Connetics, and Exelixis, Inc.

Social and Cultural Resources


The Purpose of BGAPSA (Black Graduate and Professional Students Assembly) shall be to enhance the quality of life for graduate and professional students of the African Diaspora at the University of Pennsylvania through a centralized, campus-wide organizational structure that addresses their academic, social, political and cultural needs and concerns.

BGAPSA seeks to act as a support mechanism that will assist students in becoming acclimated to the university. Further, BGAPSA shall act as their advocate, lobby and political voice campus-wide.


LAGAPSA, the Latin American and Latino/a Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, works to enhance the quality of life for graduate and professional students of Latin American, Latino and/or Hispanic descent at the University of Pennsylvania. Through programming, services, and advocacy, we aim to act as both lobbyists and the campus-wide political voice of our communities.


Makuu — which means "headquarters" in the Kiswahili language — seeks to enhance the quality of black student life. "This is a hands-on center. We are here until 9 and 10 p.m. [We care about] what's happening [both] academically and personally." Forums like the monthly Chat 'n' Chew give students a chance to interact with Penn staff and faculty while events like the seven-day Kwanzaa celebration provide cultural support.

La Casa Latina

La Casa Latina is a Center devoted to developing greater awareness of Latino issues, culture and identity on Penn's campus. La Casa Latina provides a supportive environment where students are welcome to discuss and understand issues of importance to them. The Center supports students through resources and services that foster the integration of their academic, social, cultural, and community service activities to enrich their Penn experience. La Casa Latina strives to be a Center where all Latinos and non-Latinos can participate and learn from each other in order to enrich the intercultural experience of the Penn Community.

Greenfield Intercultural Center

The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center was established in 1984 and welcomes all students interested in fostering intercultural understanding on campus. As a site of learning through cross cultural activism, reflection, and dialogue the GIC promotes co-curricular educational and cultural programs. The Center provides support to the United Minorities Council (UMC) and to its many constituent groups. It is also home to popular intercultural programs, such as: Programs for Awareness and Cultural Education (PACE) – a diversity education program and Alliance & Understanding (AU) – an exploration into the historic partnership between Blacks and Jews during the Civil Rights era, as well as, organizations such as the Race Dialogue Project and Six Directions, the latter being an organization for students interested in Native American issues.