Increasing the number and diversity of students who successfully pursue careers in Ocean Sciences is key to addressing the growing demand for professionals in our fields who genuinely understand and make a contribution to cutting edge research. Summer research programs for undergraduates play a critical role in this process by creating environments in which students can develop the strategies and professional skills necessary to pursue meaningful careers in various STEM fields and by supporting students as they “bridge” between undergraduate and graduate studies.
Within the framework of a diversity briefing illuminating the context behind efforts to broaden participation, the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) provides a short overview on the current state of diversity in the Ocean Sciences community in general and the NSF Ocean Sciences REU community in particular, as well as offering a shared resource pool of studies, references, practical tools and strategies focusing on broadening the participation of women and underrepresented groups in higher education.
IBP has been supporting diversity by fostering an on-going exchange of ideas and resources between students, faculty and administrators since 2002. Their web portal provides easy access to many resources that support students in successful careers in the STEM fields and support faculty and administrators in enhancing their efforts to increase diversity.
Presentation by Ashanti Johnson, Allyson Fauver, Liv Detrick, Susie Valaitis, Sandra Thomas, Dana Saywell, David Seigfried, and Chris Cash at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
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