Scientific societies fostering inclusive scientific environments through traveawards: Current practices and recommendations

Verónica A. Segarra*, Leticia R. Vega, Clara Primus, Candice Etson, Ashley N. Guillory, Ashanti Edwards, Sonia C. Flores, Catherine Fry, Susan L. Ingram, Mark Lawson, Richard McGee, Stephanie Paxson, Laura Phelan, Kirsta Suggs, Elizabeth Vuong, Latanya Hammonds-Odie, Michael J. Leibowitz, Mariaelena Zavala, J. Luis Lujan, Marina Ramirez-Alvarado

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Diversity-focused committees continue to play essential roles in the efforts of professional scientific societies to foster inclusion and facilitate the professional development of underrepresented minority (URM) young scientists in their respective scientific disciplines. Until recently, the efforts of these committees have remained independent and disconnected from one another. Funding from the National Science Foundation has allowed several of these committees to come together and form the Alliance to Catalyze Change for Equity in STEM Success, herein referred to as ACCESS. The overall goal of this meta-organization is to create a community in which diversity-focused committees can interact, synergize, share their collective experiences, and have a unified voice on behalf of URM trainees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. In this Essay, we compare and contrast the broad approaches that scientific societies in ACCESS use to implement and assess their travel award programs for URM trainees. We also report a set of recom-mendations, including both short-and long-term outcomes assessment in populations of interest and specialized programmatic activities coupled to travel award programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberes3
JournalCBE life sciences education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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