The Bioscience PhD Programs are dedicated to enriching an already diverse student training environment. We collaborate with university entities to create a campus climate that accommodates and is inclusive to all members of the graduate community.
University of Utah SACNAS Chapter:
Utah SACNAS Chapter Mission:
SACNAS is an all-inclusive community dedicated to supporting diversity and fostering success in under-represented STEM fields from students to professionals. Our goal is to help these members attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Come be a part of the vibrant SACNAS community at the University of Utah and help us cultivate a safe and secure scientific community filled with the brightest scientists. We aim to provide a holistic approach to STEM training by organizing opportunities for professional development, cultural programming, resilience training, and a pipeline of support and mentoring within a national network. Be the best U with the University of Utah SACNAS chapter.
Jeanette Ducut-Sigala, PhD
Biosciences PhD Programs | University of Utah
SACNAS Administrator | University of Utah Chapter
"Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science"
EHSEB 3650 | 26 S 2000 E | Salt Lake City, UT 84112
EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: ACTIONS AND RESOURCES
- Participate in discussions, be vocal, safely join in a protest/demonstration
- Inform Yourself and Vote - Especially for candidates of color whose policies you agree with, write your senator/congress member to support legislation for racial equality
- Step out of your Comfort Zone - Involve yourself in activities that place you in an environment where you will be exposed to people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Attend museums, music events, ethnic festivals, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, or any other public place where you will share space with people different from yourself
- Seek out and take Unconscious Bias and Microaggression Training
- The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Unconcious Bias Course
*Resources provided by the Bhalla Lab Website at UC Santa Cruz
Strategies to Improve Equity
- Retention of Underrepresented Minority Faculty: Strategic Initiatives for Institutional Value Proposition Based on Perspectives From a Range of Academic Institutions
- Five years post-DORA: Promoting Best Practices for Research Assessment
- Signaling Safety: Characterizing Fieldwork Experiences and Their Implications for Career Trajectories
- “Excellence R Us”: University Research and the Fetishisation of Excellence
- Building and Sustaining Diverse Functioning Networks Using Social Media and Digital Platforms to Improve Diversity and Inclusivity
- Gender Equity: Addressing Recruitment at the Departmental Level
- Institutional Interventions That Remove Barriers to Recruit and Retain Diverse Biomedical PhD Students
- Strategies to Improve Equity in Faculty Hiring
- A Beginner’s Guide to Minority Professor Hires
- Number #1 Overall Draft Picks and Minority Hires
- 10 Small Steps for Department Chairs to Foster Inclusion
Resources for Culturally Competent Mentoring
- Mentoring Across Differences
- From Deficits to Possibilities: Mentoring Lessons from Plants on Cultivating Individual Growth through Environmental Assessment and Optimization
- The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM
- Collectors, Nightlights, and Allies, Oh My
Bias/Disparities in Training
- Science Faculty's Subtle Gender Biases Favor Male Students
- Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault
- Biomedical Science Ph.D. Career Interest Patterns by Race/Ethnicity and Gender
- Elite Male Faculty in the Life Sciences Employ Fewer Women
- Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines
- Career Development Among American Biomedical Postdocs
- Systematic Inequality and Hierarchy in Faculty Hiring Networks
- How Pay and Representation Differentially Shape Bias on the Pathway Into Organizations
- Double jeopardy in astronomy and planetary science: Women of color face greater risks of gendered and racial harassment
- Questioning Assumptions
- Gender Disparities Among Independent Fellows in Biomedical Research
- Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
- Post-Doc Interviews in the Life Sciences: An Often-Overlooked Process that Is Susceptible to Bias
- How Gender and Race Stereotypes Impact the Advancement of Scholars in STEM: Professors’ Biased Evaluations of Physics and Biology Post-Doctoral Candidates
- The Diversity-Innovation Paradox in Science
Bias/Disparities in Publication and Peer Review
- Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors
- The Role of Gender in Scholarly Authorship
- Is Science Built on the Shoulders of Women? A Study of Gender Differences in Contributorship
- Time-to-Credit Gender Inequities of First-Year PhD Students in the Biological Sciences
- Publications as predictors of racial and ethnic differences in NIH research awards
- Author-Reviewer Homophily in Peer Review
- Gender inequalities among authors who contributed equally
- Unprofessional peer reviews disproportionately harm underrepresented groups in STEM
- Is there a gender gap in chemical sciences scholarly communication?
Bias/Disparities in Grant Peer Review and Funding
- Nepotism and sexism in peer-review
- The Gender Gap in NIH Grant Applications
- Race, Ethnicity, and NIH Research Awards
- Are Race, Ethnicity, and Medical School Affiliation Associated With NIH R01 Type 1 Award Probability for Physician Investigators?
- Women in Biomedical Research: NIH’s Analysis of women’s success in research and NIH extramural programs
- Sex Differences in Institutional Support for Junior Biomedical Researchers
- Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and National Institutes of Health R01 Research Awards: Is There Evidence of a Double Bind for Women of Color?
- Analysis of National Institutes of Health R01 Application Critiques, Impact, and Criteria Scores: Does the Sex of the Principal Investigator Make a Difference?
- Examining the distribution of K99/R00 awards by race
- The gender gap in early career transitions in the life sciences
- Assessment of potential bias in research grant peer review in Canada
- Topic choice contributes to the lower rate of NIH awards to African-American/black scientists
- Are gender gaps due to evaluations of the applicant or the science? A natural experiment at a national funding agency
- NIH peer review: Criterion scores completely account for racial disparities in overall impact scores
Bias/Disparities in Teaching Evaluations
- Evidence of Bias in Standard Evaluations of Teaching
- Exploring the Personal and Professional Factors Associated With Student Evaluations of Tenure-Track Faculty
Bias/Disparities in Service
- Faculty Service Loads and Gender: Are Women Taking Care of the Academic Family?
- Underrepresented Faculty Play a Disproportionate Role in Advancing Diversity and Inclusion
* Resources provided by the University of Neighborhood Partners
Understanding structural racism & anti-racism
- Structural racism: Racial Equity Tools
- Non-Black Latinx Resources on anti-blackness
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: Being Anti-racist
Talking about racism with children and students
- Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism
- PBS Kids Conversation about Talking to Children about Race and Racism
- Anti-Racist Books for Children of all Ages
- Say Their Names: A Toolkit to Help Foster Productive Conversations about Race and Civil Disobedience
- Latinx Parenting
- How White Parents Can Talk About Race
Learn about local anti-racist work and discussions
Race and mental/emotional health
- U of U Medicine Rural and Underserved Outreach Programs
- SLC Community Organizations
- Utah Dept of Health, Office of Health Disparities Projects
- Programs for Inclusive Excellence Across the U of U
- Project Youth
- Over 1,000, 5th and 6th graders from Title 1 elementary schools in Salt Lake Valley come to the U of U to experience what it’s like to be a college student.
- Refuges After School and Bridge Programs
- Offers educational activities, social service, and access to higher education to address the under-representation of women, minorities, refugees, non-native English speakers and economically disadvantaged students in STEM disciplines.
- SEARCH (Summer Experience Advancing Research in Chemical Biology) with West High
- A summer research internship program targeting underrepresented high school students - led by Raphael Franzini and co-sponsored by PITCH
- PITCH Disability Outreach Program to Spectrum Academy
- A K-12 school for students on the autism spectrum - school visits for presentations about careers in science + pilot research internship program (led by Debra Eckert).
- Shop at Businesses that are Owned by UR Communities/People of Color
- Leave a Positive Yelp Review
- 8(a) List of federally-Certified Minority and Woman-Owned Businesses
- Nudge for Change
- Racial Equity Tools
- Bennion Center at the U
- Multiple programs that focus on inspiring and mobilizing people to strengthen communities through learning, scholarship, and advocacy.
- University Neighborhood Partners
- Brings together University and west side people and resources for reciprocal learning, action and benefit.
- Science competition for students grades 5-12 involving students from many local school districts.
- Held annually in March
- Participate as a judge or a volunteer
- Email Brenda Mann, Fair Director
- 15,000 4th-8th graders are given hands-on experiences with science and technology
- Held annually in September
- Volunteer, sponsor a booth: Email
- Serves K-12 students and educators throughout the state of Utah
- Volunteer planning STEM-related events, teach hands-on lessons in the classroom and at events, work to increase student STEM engagement
- Email David Wicai
- Once a year event that invites middle and high school students to compete in a variety of STEM disciplines.
- Contact Amy Arkwright
- High school students from around the intermountain west spend the day doing science-related workshops
- Contact Lisa Batchelder
- Science lectures, workshops and conservation projects at correctional facilities in Utah
- Contact Nalini Nadkarni
- Offers science communication training to researchers who are interested in public engagement
- Contact Paulmichael Maxfield
- Presentations by U of U researchers on their current scientific research
- Contact Paulmichael Maxfield
- Local volunteer scientists give engaging presentation about their work at a local bar
- Volunteer to give a talk
- Helps underrepresented graduate school applicants by pairing them with STEM professionals in their respective STEM disciplines.
- Contact them here
Student Resource Centers
2020 SACNAS National Meeting:
*Photo/Layout Credit to SACNAS
The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference is a three-day gathering which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.
2020 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS):
*Photo/Layout Credit to ABRCMS
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), recipient of the 2019 AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award, is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success.
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