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 2021
Sara Shields-Menard, Nicholls State University
Term Ends 2020
Felipe Sarmiento, Gingko Bioworks

Sheena Becker, DOW AgroSciences
Noel Fong, Nucelis, Inc.
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University
Vanessa Nepomuceno, University of Illinois


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 (SBFC)
April 26-29, 2020 New Orleans, LA
SBFC Diversity Travel Award Information + Form (PDF)Deadline: January 24, 2020

SIMB Annual Meeting and Exhibition
August 9 – 12, 2020, San Francisco, CA
SIMB Annual Meeting Diversity Travel Award Information + Form (PDF)Deadline: March 31, 2020

Industrial Microbiology Meets Microbiome (IMMM)
November 8-10, 2020, San Diego, CA
Industrial Microbiology Meets Microbiome Diversity Travel Award Information + Form (PDF)Deadline: July 15, 2020



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