In this section, you will find links to a wide range of resources available on the Web. These include professional societies, mentoring organizations, scholarships, and research opportunities. If you know of other resources that should be included in this section, please contact the MiSciNet editor at msneditor@aaas.org.

GrantsNet.org Programs

Summer Research REU: Robotics and Biology http://grantsnet.org/search/pgm_info.cfm?pgm_id=3507

The REU site is a unique interdisciplinary program designed to bridge engineering and biology. It is intended for rising sophomores and will be limited to 10 students. The course will convey basic concepts in biology and engineering through lectures, labs and demonstrations. Students will then utilize these concepts to contract robots that navigate their environment using a chemical sensor designed by NASA. While the robot is the primary goal the second goal is to develop well-rounded well-educated students who are prepared for upper level courses in science and engineering and ultimately the scientific work force. Therefore scientific information will be supplemented with workshops on study habits, professional careers in science and engineering and leadership. At the close of the program students will be encouraged to form a network though email a periodic newsletter and follow-up interviews. Several of the most talented students will be asked to return and mentor the next year's class. Students will be introduced to the program and faculty at Lehigh through lectures and tours and will be encouraged to apply to Lehigh.

NASA/NACME Undergraduate Student Award for Research (USAR) http://grantsnet.org/search/pgm_info.cfm?pgm_id=2549

Since 1998, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and NACME have partnered to provide enriched scholarships to students at select institutions. This program is administered by NACME under the direction of the NASA Glenn Research Center. Through the NASA/NACME Undergraduate Student Award for Research (USAR), we strive to enhance enrollment and retention in disciplines relevant to NASA's mission by providing financial aid and support services at designated minority institutions. The goal of the program is to serve both minority serving institutions and high achieving students who have financial need.

Astronaut Scholarship http://grantsnet.org/search/pgm_info.cfm?pgm_id=3263

Candidates for Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarships are nominated by department heads and faculty members at 17 cooperating educational institutions. Two nominees from each school are submitted to the ASF Scholarship Committee chaired by Dr. Harvey A. Miller. Nominees must be at least third year college students, have excellent grades, and must have participated in lab and research work in their field. With this background, the student is fairly well committed to continuing on this course. The Scholarship Committee selects one student from each school and presents the 17 names to the ASF Board of Directors for approval. In some cases, students have carried over their awards to a second or third year.

Research Opportunities

Acronym

URL

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Transition Career Development Award to Promote Diversity

PAR-05-011

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-011.html

Undergrad Research Opportunity Link

UROP

www.pitt.edu/~urop/summerother.htm

Internship Programs

UROP

www.csbsju.edu/intership/links.htm

FloridaState Undergraduate Research Opportunities

FSU

www.fsu.edu/~ugres/oppor.html

Behaviorial Research Advancements in Neuroscience

BRAIN

www.sciencenet.emory.edu/SURE

ArizonaStateUniversity Research Prorgram

SUMMS

http://summs.la.asu.edu/~sums/newSumms/summs.htm

Scholarships

The APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) site is part of the American Psychological Association?s homepage. The MFP identifies, selects, and provides financial support and professional guidance for minority pre- and postdoctoral trainees. These prospective trainees should be committed to improving the mental health of minority communities. The ?Psychology Fellowships? segment contains a variety of fellowships, including fellowships for substance abuse, mental health research, aging, and HIV/AIDS. The ?Neuroscience Fellowships? section is divided into pre- and postdoctoral fellowships and summer programs. Both fellowship programs have online applications along with frequently asked questions and answers. Fellows are also given online help for choosing the best program for them. Other benefits include links to affiliate organizations, programs of possible interest, and brief biographies of the advisory committee and MFP staff.

Society for Neuroscience, Minority Neuroscience Fellowship Program

The Diversity in Neuroscience site is a subsection of the Society for Neuroscience. The simple, elegant, and effective design allows users to navigate through the minority fellowship programs, which provide minority neuroscience students with opportunities for professional development. The site contains detailed information about the Society?s Minority Neuroscience Fellowship Program (MNFP), the Minority Conference Fellowship Program and offsite links to the American Psychological Association, the Texas Consortium, and the Meharry/Vanderbilt Alliance. The MNFP hopes to increase diversity in neuroscience by placing traditionally underrepresented minority pre- and postdoctoral students in distinguished neuroscience laboratories while the Minority Conference Fellowship Program helps to enhance career development and networking opportunities. The site also contains articles about women in the neurosciences, jobs listings, and offsite resources.

Gates Millenium Scholars

Initially, the Gates Millennium Scholars Web site has what would be expected of a Bill Gates enterprise. It is sophisticated yet simple with some innovative nuances. The focus is where it should be, on the individual Gates Scholars, with highlights and profiles on many of them. However, some information is either unavailable or unwieldy. For instance, it takes some surfing to find an explanation of the meaning of "Gates Scholar." The content in the "About Us" section is succinct and useful, but it really should be on the splash page. The most useful page on the site is the FAQ. User questions are anticipated and answered in a thorough and interactive interface. The site is not unsatisfactory; it just needs to emphasize the nature of the program with more immediacy.

GEM Fellowship for Minorities

The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science Inc. (GEM) Fellowship Web site is graphically appealing, easy to navigate, and professional. In addition to standard content such as the history and purpose of the organization and staff biographies, the GEM site allows users to apply for scholarships online. Many of the interactive features of the site--it can be personalized by storing user preferences--are not only for students; there are also links specifically for universities and corporations wishing to recruit GEM scholars.

United NegroCollege Fund

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Web site is huge, catering as it does to a diverse range of users, including current and prospective students, educators, and potential donors. Unfortunately, one consequence is that the Web site fails to deliver UNCF's purpose clearly, apparently assuming that users will know this information. The site's cumbersome navigation is frustrating, and the voluminous information could be condensed to avoid overwhelming the user. The site's best section is about its member institutions; in this section, users can easily locate information about those colleges and universities. Users can also search member institutions offering specific academic programs. A close second is the site's scholarships page, which includes a vast amount of information for users to surf through. However, overall the UNCF Web site needs a more consistent and simple format if it is going to meet its objectives of helping users and becoming a useful recruiting tool for the organization.

Just Garcia Hill (JGH) is an online network for minorities in the biological sciences. The site, which MiSciNet has reviewed comprehensively, is effective because the network's mission is both clear and well supported by the Web site's functionality. However, despite its vast potential, the site's most glaring weakness is its newness, which shows in its dearth of content in its job search and member profile areas. As the site ages and gathers a more substantial membership base, this should change. Although the site is new, it has the potential to become a primary support network for minorities in the sciences. The JGH site should achieve its lofty goals because it establishes an excellent rapport with its target audience--it's even compelling enough to impel minority students toward science careers.

Minorities in the Aquatic Sciences

Minorities in the Aquatic Sciences (MAS) is an organization dedicated to increasing minority participation in the aquatic sciences. The MAS Web site ( http://aslo.org/mas), which has been redesigned since MiSciNet profiled it last year (see http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2002/08/21/1?template=msp), is an online database and community resource for minority students interested in aquatic research. The redesigned site retains a simple layout and substantive approach with newly implemented elegant graphics and JavaScript "pulldown" and "rollover" navigation menus. The site's new navigation tools make the vast quantity of information easier to find, and the biographical sketches of scientists spring to life with visual enhancements and photographs. Users can register online to connect to a virtual directory that lists students, instructors, and professors by their specialization. Although the student profiles need a boost to reach the sophistication of the scientists' profiles, the MAS site continues to evolve as an excellent tool for those interested in aquatic sciences to learn and communicate.

Disciplinary Societies

Acronym

URL

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)

NOBCChE

http://www.nobcche.org

National Society of Black Physicists

NSBP

http://www.nsbp.org/

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

AIHEC

www.aihec.org

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

SACNAS

http://www.sacnas.org

American Indian Science & Engineering Society

AISES

http://www.aises.org

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE

http://www.nsbe.org/