This is a student led group of master's and doctoral students sponsored by the University of California, Los Angeles chapter of the Alliance for Graduate Education to the Professoriate (AGEP). UCLA AGEP is sponsored by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The primary goal of STEM-PLEDGE is to identify and address the barriers that prevent the full participation of groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduate programs at the University of California, Los Angeles. This group is open to any student who shares a common concern about equal access to education and in the broadening of opportunities for academic leadership and participation. In order to accomplish this goal we have designed an executive infrastructure aimed at accomplishing four major areas of interest:
1) Peer Mentorship
2) Career Development
3) Informal Networking and Support
This is an open, fluid, fun, volunteer student group that is committed to diversity & excellence in higher education.
Dennis Montoya, PhD Co-Chair, Scientific Excellence through Diversity Committee
Salemiz Sandoval, PhD
Co Chair, Scientific Excellence through Diversity Committee
To be added to the ListServ and to contact STEM-PLEDGE please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM-PLEDGE Scientific Diversity Society Presents: Effective Collaboration & Diversity in Scientific Teams Workshop
Having a strong network of collaborators is critical to a successful academic career, with this workshop, learn how to build, manage & work within scientific teams to advance your career! This workshop is targeted for junior faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students interested in promoting their career in academia and biotech. Also, if you have had issues dealing with fellow lab members, other scientists, or your PI and want to learn how to manage scientific relationships effectively, this is the workshop for you!
The workshop will be led by L. Michelle Bennett, Deputy Director at NHLBI, and Howard Gadlin, Ombudsman & Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution at the NIH. Together they bring years of experience of fostering collaboration and team science-based approaches. Our keynote speaker is Victoria Plaut, professor of law & social science from UC Berkeley to address how to effectively leverage team diversity in terms of gender, culture, and scientific discipline.
L. Michelle Bennett Ph.D.
Deputy Scientific Director
National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH
Workshop 1: Building effective scientific collaborations
Howard Gadlin, Ph.D.
Omsbudman, Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution, NIH
Workshop 2: Managing conflicts
Victoria Plaut, M.Sc, Ph.D.
Professor of Law and Social Science
Director, Culture, Diversity & Intergroup Relations Lab
University of California, Berkeley
Keynote Speaker: Leveraging Diversity
Diversity Affairs Office at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA & UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Fall General Meeting
Wednesday, October 8th
4:00pm-5:00pm - Location: 154 BSRB
Food will be provided.
To join, just email: email@example.com for our mailing list or like us on Facebook, link provided above.
Wednesday, December 10th
STEM-PLEDGE is a society of UCLA graduate students and postdocs dedicated to increasing and retaining the number of underrepresented students entering and completing doctoral programs in STEM graduate fields.
This group is open to any scientist who shares a common concern about equal access to education and in the broadening of opportunities for academic leadership and participation.
Save the Date
SACNAS Field Day Mentoring
Date: Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Time & Location: TBA
Additional details to follow.
Effective Diversity & Collaboration Team Science Workshop
Date: Friday, February 10th, 2015
Time and Location: TBA
Additional details to follow.
Luis P. Villarreal, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Director, Center for Virus Research
University of California, Irvine
Research Topic: Role of viruses on the evolution of life
Scientific Excellence through Diversity Seminar Series (SEDS)
Raymond L. Rodriguez, Ph.D
Professor and Director
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Global HealthShare Initiative
University of California, Davis
"Navigating the Interstitial Waters of Discovery and Translational Research"