Our students had identified a need for better access to aspirational role models from varied backgrounds, and a need for expanded opportunities for trainees to build their professional networks. This platform seeks to address the insufficiency of role-models concerns, by broadening access to diverse role models, and by expanding mentorship circles for all students.
•Definition of underrepresented scientists includes those from
–Racial / Ethnic minority groups (African American, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander), LGBTQ+ backgrounds, disabled groups, and minority religions.
•Variety of careers
-We seek speakers from various career tracks, including academia, industry, publishing, grant writing, journalism, policy, and technology transfer.
•Student-run seminar series to be held twice / term beginning in late October 2017
–Student representatives from all 14 PIBS graduate programs recommended speakers and the platform emphasis is on scientific career development and networking.