Diversity

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

Diversity Committee
Term Ends 2023
Chair: Sheena Becker, Corteva

Members:
Noel Fong, Nucelis, Inc.
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University
Vanessa Nepomuceno, University of Illinois
Felipe Sarmiento

Contact

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

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.

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC)
May 1-4, 2022, New Orleans, LA
Deadline: Closed

SIMB Annual Meeting and Exhibition
August 7-10, 2022, San Francisco, CA
SIMB Annual Meeting Diversity Travel Award Information + Form (PDF)
Deadline: Deadline: May 10, 2022

RAFT® 14 – Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology
November 6-9, 2022, Bonita Springs, FL
RAFT® Diversity Travel Award Information + Form (PDF)
Deadline: August 19, 2022

International Conference on Natural Products Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era
January 8-12, 2023, San Diego, CA
International Conference on Natural Products Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era Diversity Travel Award Information + Form (PDF)
Deadline: October 14, 2022

Resources

Presentations:

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

Mentor:

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

NPDD Awards
NPDD Diversity Award
Deadline: TBD 2024