Research and Educational Career Development Program for Cell Biologists: An Integrated Approach

Project: Research project

Project Details


The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) has been at the vanguard of discipline-focused societies in addressing the underrepresentation of women and other groups who havehistorically been underrepresented in sciences. Within the ASCB, the Minorities AffairsCommittee (MAC) has taken the lead in developing integrated developmentally appropriatetraining and access to resources for scientists from underrepresented groups. The MAC is astanding committee of ASCB. The MAC has as its goal to significantly increase theinvolvement of underrepresented minority scientists in all aspects of the Society by promotingthe professional development and recruiting of minority scientists. The relatively small size ofthe pool of minority scientists with an interest in cell biology requires that the MAC alsodevelop programs for undergraduate and graduate students to assist them in achievingcareers in biomedical research.The long-range goal of the MAC is to contribute to the Nation?s effort to increase thenumber of underrepresented minority scientists.The proposed ASCB MAC Research and Educational Career Development Program forCell Biologists: An Integrated Approach to help broaden participation in basic biomedicalresearch of people who have been and remain underrepresented in the scientific enterprise. Itbuilds on the success of our previous programmatic offerings. ASCB MAC has beenrecognized for its innovative approaches. ASCB was awarded a Presidential Award forExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2004. The ASCB, as anorganization, has much to gain by assuring that the next generation of scientists iswelcomed into the Society because diversity in the membership will enhance its stabilityand will provide a venue for the top biomedical scientists to present their science.
Effective start/end date6/8/162/28/18


  • National Institutes of Health: $496,316.00


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