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Ecological Society of America SEEDS program

SEEDS - Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability

SEEDS is the flagship education program of the Ecological Society of America. SEEDS received the PAESMEM award in 2006. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to participate and  lead in ecology.

Organizations Serving Diverse Communities

The American Institute of Biological Sciences has a compilation of organizations and programs serving diverse communities. Some of the contacts may be out of date but should be easily found online. 

The intentional mentor: Effective mentorship of undergraduate science students

The author of this paper, Julio Ramirez, is a 2009 PAESMEM recipient.

Entry Point Internships for STEM Students with Disabilities

Entry Point is the signature program of the AAAS Project on Science, Technology, and Disability.  Entry Point identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business for outstanding internship and co-op opportunities.

Since 1996, AAAS and Entry Point has created partnerships with NASA, IBM, Merck, Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, L’Oreal, as well as university based research programs seeking to diversify their pool of interns.

WEPAN Knowledge Center

The WEPAN Knowledge Center (WKC) provides a publicly accessible tool for accessing information related to women in STEM and a professional networking platform for registered users.

The goal of the WKC is to increase the number, scope, and effectiveness of initiatives to recruit, retain, and advance women in STEM. Excellent research on women in STEM exists. Unfortunately, publications are scattered across many journals and numerous disciplines, making it difficult for faculty, administrators and leaders to put research into practice.

Mentoring for Academic Careers in Engineering

Proceedings of the 2004 PAESMEM/ Stanford School of Engineering Workshop.

Editors: Eve Riskin, Mari Ostendorf, Pamela Cosman, Michelle Effros, Jia Li, Sheila Hemami, Robert Gray.

2006 PAESMEM Position Paper

The 2005 PAESMEM awardees collaborated with a number of previous awardees on a white paper that encouraged various STEM funding agencies to implement policies and programs that focus on mentoring. The report's title is: "Mentoring for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Workforce Development and Lifelong Productivity: Success across the K through Grey Continuum."

As stated in the Executive Summary, “The strength of the scientific discovery and technological innovation enterprise is always built upon a foundation of mentoring.”

Expanding underrepresented minority participation: America’s science and technology talent at the crossroads

Committee on Science Engineering and Public Policy (COSEP). 2011. National Academies Press.

MentorNet: The e-Mentoring Network Program for Diversity in Science and Engineering

A 2001 PAESMEM awardee, MentorNet is a social network for matching mentors with protégés. “MentorNet is the premiere and most experienced web-based e-mentoring program in the world. Every year MentorNet matches thousands of students, postdocs, and early career researchers in engineering and science on hundreds of campuses to mentors in the professions for one-on-one guided relationships.” The program has made over 30,000 matches since it began in 1997.

Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists

"The goal of the seminar outlined in this manual is to accelerate the process of learning to be a mentor. The seminar provides mentors with an intellectual framework to guide them, an opportunity to experiment with various methods, and a forum in which to solve mentoring dilemmas with the help of their peers. Discussing mentoring issues during the seminar provides every men- tor with experience—direct or indirect—working with diverse students, tackling a range of mentoring challenges, and considering a myriad of possible solutions."