Our Mission

The mission of the SIMB Diversity Committee is to integrate cultural sensitivity and a commitment to gender, racial and ethnic diversity throughout the organizational structure of SIMB and the broader community of Biotechnology.

Who we are

Committee chairs

Susan Bagley – Michigan Technological University
Raul Cano – California Polytechnic University

Committee members

Noel Fong – Nucelis, Inc.
Laura Jarboe – Iowa State University
Nigel Mouncey – Dow Agro Sciences LLC
Felipe Sarmiento – Swissaustral USA
Sara Shields-Menard – Mississippi State University


For more information about Diversity Committee opportunities, email us at diversity@simbhq.org

Spotlight on Diversity

A brief “interview with Olivia Thompson”.

Diversity Travel Award

The SIMB Diversity Travel Award has been established to promote diversity and to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in SIMB among the graduate students making presentations at any SIMB sponsored meeting.

The travel award will be offered for up to 2 winners at SIMB-sponsored meetings.

General Diversity Award Information (PDF)

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals
May 1-4, 2017, San Francisco, CA
SBFC 2017 Diversity Award Form (PDF)Deadline: December 2, 2016

SIMB Annual Meeting + Exhibition
July 30 – August 3, 2017, Denver, CO
2017 Annual Meeting Diversity Award Form (PDF)Deadline: March 31, 2017

Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology
October 29 – November 1, 2017, Bonita Springs, FL
2017 RAFT™ Diversity Travel Award Form (PDF)Deadline: August 15, 2017

Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era
January 21 – 24, 2018, Clearwater Beach, FL
2018 Natural Products Diversity Travel Award Form (PDF)Deadline: October 15, 2017

Annual Meeting Diversity Session

A special topic session will be convened by Raul Cano and Laura Jarboe at the 2017 SIMB Annual Meeting and Exhibition on Implicit bias in the workplace..


Conference Tips:

7 Tips for Women at Science Conferences by Hilda Bastian

Communicating Science to the Public by Neil deGrasse Tyson


Mentoring: An Investment in the Future of Discovery by Michelle Personick

Workplace Gender Equality Agency Report. Supporting careers: mentoring or sponsorship? (PDF)

Nature’s guide for Mentors by Adrian Lee, Carina Dennis, and Philip Campbell