A rising median age at which PhD s receive their first research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is among the factors forcing academic biomedical researchers to spend longer periods of time before they can set their own research directions and establish there independence. The fear that promising prospective scientists will choose other career paths has raised concerns about the future of biomedical research in the United States
Omofolasade Kosoko-Lasaki, Roberta E. Sonnino, and Mary Lou Voytko
Women and minority faculty and students are seriously underrepresented in university and academic healthcare institutions. The role of mentoring has been identified as one of the significant factors in addressing this underrepresentation. We have described the mentoring efforts at two institutions of higher learning in assisting women and minority students and faculty in being accomplished in their academic pursuits.
Although women comprise an increasing proportion of US medical school faculty, they are underrepresented at higher ranks. Lack of effective mentoring may contribute to this disparity. The authors examined the role of academic rank, research focus, parenting, and part-time work on mentoring importance, needs, and gaps.
Engaging with a mentor is a way to learn and achieve one’s full potential and move a career forward. Getting the Most out of your Mentoring Relationships overviews a variety of topics and issues relating to the diverse fields encompassed by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Multiple perspectives, strategies and advice are laid out in an easy-to-scan format.This book is meant to serve as a handbook in times of need when a few moments of reflection and pers
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.