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Opportunities to Support and Donate to Diversity and Inclusion Programs

Leaders at the Institute for Basic Biomedical Science (IBBS) are committed to increasing the number of people underrepresented in basic science and providing a nurturing and supportive environment. Your support is critical to these initiatives, and the following opportunities are available for philanthropic support and funding. Contact our Development Office for more information.

The IBBS Emerging Investigator Fellowship

A major challenge that all graduate programs face with respect to diversity and inclusion is the need outcompete rival programs in attracting highly talented Ph.D. applicants. We aim to create a dedicated funding mechanism that can be used to help basic science graduate programs recruit outstanding diverse candidates. To have a widespread impact, we would be looking to support 15-20 such fellowships across all graduate programs in the basic sciences each year.

Industry/Philanthropy-Sponsored Underrepresented in Science Graduate Scholarships

People underrepresented in science who are applying for undergraduate or graduate slots often have not had the opportunities afforded to their peers, and thus can be inappropriately considered to have fewer qualifications. In a head-to-head match against more ‘typical’ students for a limited number of coveted admission slots, underrepresented applicants from less traditional backgrounds will frequently lose out to applicants that attended the ‘right’ schools or established high-level connections through pre-doctoral research. Although persistent cuts to basic science funding over the past two decades have exacerbated this problem into a zero-sum game, programs should not be faced with having to make a decision between an intriguing ‘non-traditional’ underrepresented candidate and a ‘sure-fire’ non-underrepresented candidate. A key solution to alleviating this problem is to create student support exclusively for non-traditional diverse applicants. We seek to cultivate either private donors or industry sponsors to create named studentship fellowships that would support the full stipend of such candidates. 

Basic Science Outreach Programs/Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine

Careers in Science and Medicine is a pipeline program that develops students (‘scholars’) from low-income and educationally under-resourced backgrounds into successful professionals. Scholars specifically have an interest in pursuing health care, biomedical and STEM careers. Pre-doctoral outreach programs are an essential to building healthy diversity in the graduate ranks. Basic science faculty currently manage several such programs, which consistently face difficulties in raising funds to maintain viability. The annual costs of these programs vary depending on their size and the types of opportunities they afford. Specific details can be provided on request.

The IBBS Diversity Fellows Program

Research Fellows’ programs take the place of a traditional post-doctoral fellow position to enable the best and brightest talents to independently pursue their research ambitions straight from graduate school before seeking a faculty research position. Established fellows programs (e.g., Harvard, UCSF, Berkeley Miller) have a record of nurturing some of the most creative and exciting young scientific minds in the field; however, there currently exists no such program exclusively focused on supporting this talent from diverse or underrepresented groups. We have created an IBBS Fellows Program that provides salary support for individuals of outstanding promise and potential. Fellows would conduct independent research straight out of graduate school in a sponsor’s lab for a period of 3-5 years in lieu of a traditional post-doc.

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