Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At the core of the Neuroscience Graduate Progam, is the belief that the success of our program is greatly attributed to the diversity of our students and faculty. This diversity creates a wider scope of vision and depth of experience to the program. Our program has been enriched by students and faculty from all over the world, from different socio-economic backgrounds, from different cultures, religions and beliefs. It is our fundamental belief that diversity, equity and inclusion, makes us better in mentoring our students, and preparing our graduates for successful career paths. We have several programs specific to enhancing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Find a listing and application information here.
Neuroscience Scholars Program
The Neuroscience Scholars Program is a three year fellowship that provides underrepresented and diverse trainees in neuroscience with an annual stipend for enrichment activities, travel support to the SfN annual meeting, mentoring opportunities, and more. Applications will be available in April, 2019.
FEMMES-Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and the Sciences
FEMMES programs encourage girls to learn and explore their potential in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM).
MYELIN-Mentoring Youth and Early Leaders in Neuroscience
Mentoring Youth and Early Leaders In Neuroscience (M.Y.E.L.I.N.) is a student based organization at the University of Michigan, which is dedicated to science outreach education in minority and low income communities in Ann Arbor. Through educational outreach programs, MYELIN strives to inspire, and support the next generation of researchers and college students. Currently, MYELIN serves two community centers: Bryant Community Center and Hikone Community Center. For the 2014-2015 school year, MYELIN completed 8 visits to each center. Volunteers bring with them a science-related lesson plan complete with hands-on activities and some form of visual presentation (see attached 2015 schedule and example lesson plan). In the past year, MYELIN has also gained and maintained faculty alliances in the Biopsychology area at the University of Michigan. These faculty members serve as sources of financial support, MYELIN liaisons to other faculty, and mentors to the student members of the organization. In the Upcoming 2015-2016 season, MYELIN hopes to extend its reach to more sites in the Ann Arbor area as well as expand the nature of its services to include college preparatory initiatives for the older demographic of students at these centers. Additionally, MYELIN hopes to implement new events and programs that will allow MYELIN to widen and deepen its impact on the population it serves. This includes university visits, financial assistance, scholarship services, and science-literacy starter kits prepared for the community centers.
SACNAS-Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
Summer Research Opportunities:
Association of Multicultural Scientists
The Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS) is a graduate student-run organization supported by the PIBS program to promote diversity within the graduate programs through the recruitment and retention of historically under-represented groups. https://maizepages.umich.edu/organization/ams
Additional DEI Resources
National Research Mentoring Network: https://nrmnet.net/
Center for the Imporvement of Mentored Experiences in Research: http://cimerproject.org/#/