The Initiative for Diversity in Education and Leadership (IDEAL) Program provides financial, academic, and emotional support for Bay-area African American, Native American, and Hispanic students during 4 years of undergraduate education at UC Berkeley.
Since 1998, EDGE has been helping women, especially women from underrepresented groups--African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders--make the transition into graduate programs in mathematics.
This fall, Running Wolf, a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, enters the second and final year of his master's program. He gives his department, family, and friends most of the credit for getting him through.
NAMSS, established at OSU in 1990 mainly for Native Americans, now provides an effective educational support system for African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American students interested in STEM careers.
As one of the few African-American women in these fields, Wright hopes that by sharing her adventures with young women and minorities, she can convince them that studying the world's oceans can make for a rewarding career.
H-LSAMP--which is open to everyone regardless of race--aims to increase the number of minority applicants for research and education careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Eleven tribal colleges have banded together to join the National Science Foundation-sponsored All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation (ANAMP) in order to help Native Americans train for careers in engineering.
"The long-term goal is to prepare [underrepresented minorities] to become those critical staff scientists that we need for the future workforce, hopefully here [at ORNL]." Debbie McCoy, RAMS Program Administrator.
Her past experiences helped her realize the importance of being a scientist and a mentor, and she currently uses her expertise to help manage natural resources and to bring women and minorities, especially Native Americans, into science.