APS, along with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and The Leadership Alliance (TLA), proposed a novel pilot project that specifically links the resources of the three professional societies to develop innovative initiatives that will address the recruitment of undergraduate underrepresented minority (URM) students into graduate programs in integrative organismal systems (IOS) fields and the retention of URM graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in IOS fields. The initiatives concentrate on key transitions of the educational pathway—advanced undergraduates, early graduate students (within the first two years of graduate school), and
the progression of postdoctoral researchers into faculty careers. APS, CUR and TLA will leverage our resources to develop innovative programming designed to identify URM talent in IOS fields and provide mentoring at the successive stages of the academic pathway to ensure a successful transition from one educational milestone to the next.
Specifically, CUR, TLA, and APS will build a diverse community of faculty and administrators committed to, and educated in, effective practices in recruiting and retaining individuals from URM groups in IOS fields; increase interest in and awareness of IOS careers among URM undergraduates and graduate students; enhance and expand professional development training for underrepresented minorities in IOS research fields by leveraging the professional expertise of CUR, TLA, and APS; and evaluate program outcomes and disseminate effective practices.