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May 12, 2006

Directing Minorities Toward Careers in Evolutionary Biology

"Undergraduates should get experience in a lab, the field, or a museum, to see if that sort of research suits them." --Scott Edwards

April 07, 2006

The Wild World of Doctoral Funding

Most Ph.D. students manage to support themselves, however modestly, with a combination of TAs, RAs, and fellowships.

February 17, 2006

Same School, Different Degree, All Part of the Plan

The transition to graduate school required her to learn how to handle family and financial issues, while also keeping up with her studies and research.

February 10, 2006

The Big Picture

“I’d like to be here [longer]. But now my wife and my baby are in Japan, so I have to go back.”

January 13, 2006

Ancestors of Science: Meredith C. Gourdine

Gourdine, an African-American physicist and engineer, became an expert in electrogasdynamics and developed commercial uses for the technology.

December 02, 2005

Retraining Scientists: Changing Fields, Gaining Skills

November 18, 2005

Clinton Junior College: Monitoring, Motivating, and Mentoring Students in STEM

The CIPA grant is part of a program designed to help minority institutions develop science and math curricula while attracting and preparing underrepresented students for careers in STEM.

October 07, 2005

Balance and Love

Hayes has become the youngest professor at the University of California, Berkeley, earning tenure at 30, when most scientists are at still postdocs and many are graduate students.

September 23, 2005

Defending Your Graduate Life

Valentine, scheduled to defend her dissertation in March 2006 at Johns Hopkins University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, shares her graduate school experiences and talks about her preparation for her thesis defense.

August 26, 2005

Congress Reduces the 2006 NSF Workforce Budget

While the overall NSF EHR budget took another round of cuts, Thompson believes individual programs aimed at diversifying the scientific workforce will continue to meet the agency's objective to keep youth "engaged" in science.

August 05, 2005

Fulfilling the Expectation of Excellence

For the past 17 years, the Meyerhoff Program has been enriching the lives of minority students interested in a career in the sciences by preparing them to pursue graduate and professional degrees.

July 01, 2005

Shedding Light on the Dark Side of the Universe

In contrast to the mysterious forms of energy and matter she studies, the 33-year-old Verde radiates enthusiasm when talking about her work. "I never stop being amazed by it," she says.

July 01, 2005

Scientists Researching What We Don't Know

Though it is often--and justifiably--maligned, it is ignorance--and recognizing where it exists--that drives scientists to do groundbreaking science.

June 24, 2005

Spelman Students 'Score' Using Advanced Technology

SpelBots was created to provide hands-on robotics education and research for women computer science students at Spelman, and to promote robotics and computer technology among minorities.

June 03, 2005

The Road to a Neurobiology Ph.D.

Gregory is now nearing completion of his Ph.D. at UCLA so now he has to figure out the next step on his career path.

May 06, 2005

Timbuktu Academy: Mentoring Future Scientists

Established in 1990 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Timbuktu Academy is an award-winning mentoring program for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

April 15, 2005

Behind the Awards: How Four GEM Fellows Made the Transition to Graduate School

Despite their different backgrounds, these four GEM students have dealt with the same issues--moving to larger schools, cultural isolation, unexpected crises, and family considerations--that all students of color face when transitioning into graduate school.

April 01, 2005

A GEM of a Program

The GEM Consortium -- a collaboration of 93 member universities and 48 corporations -- provides funding, a support network, mentoring, and professional development to underrepresented minority graduate students.

February 11, 2005

We're Doing Just Fine

A survey of the top 50 ranked physics departments in 2002 shows that of 1998 physics faculty members, there were 12 of identifiable African heritage.

February 04, 2005

A Mathematical Map for Success

Although Williams had difficulties pursuing a career as a mathematical researcher, he urges young minorities to be persistent and never give up their dream.