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

Diversity Committee
Term Ends 2017
Susan Bagley, Michigan Technological University (emerita)
Felipe Sarmiento, Swissustral USA

Sheena Becker, DOW AgroSciences
Noel Fong, Nucelis, Inc.
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University
Sara Shields-Menard, Nicholas State University

Emeritus Member:
Raul Cano, California Polytechnic University

Ad hoc Member:
Nigel Mouncey, DOE Joint Genome Institute


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)

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..



Microaggressions: An Obstacle in the Workplace, or an Opportunity for Growth?
Andrew Prescott
Download 8.4 MB .pptx file

Building Community for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists
Scott Smith, Gerard Buckley, James DeCaro, Steve Barnett, and Steve Dewhurst
Download 3.9 MB .pptx file

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