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Underrepresented Minorities in Science: Diversity in the 21st Century -- Resources


As part of our feature, Diversity in the 21st Century: Underrepresented Minorities in Science, we have gathered a listing of Web resources providing information, data, advice, and more. Click here to go to sites of general interest, studies on minorities in science, and career resources. Did we leave out your favorite resource? Then please e-mail us at and we'll see about adding it to the list.

General Interest

United States

The Affirmative Action and Diversity Project Web page provides information and opinions about affirmative action topics; "it is designed to help lend many different voices to the debates surrounding the issues of affirmative action."

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Research on Minority Health helps to shape the research agenda toward improving the health of minority Americans and encouraging the participation of minorities in all aspects of biomedical and behavioral research. Check out the office's related sites for links to groups like the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the National Hispanic Medical Association.

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science ( SACNAS) seeks to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education as well as scientific research and careers. The site's Student Corner includes links to fellowship/scholarship information, postdoc opportunities, and conferences.

The American Society for Cell Biology Minority Affairs Committee (ASCB-MAC) provides travel stipends to major meetings for minority grad students, postdocs, and faculty; funding for minorities to participate in courses held across the country; and leadership seminars for minorities.

Minority Women in Science ( MWIS) started out as a minority component of AWIS and then branched out on its own.


The Native Access to Engineering Programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, seeks to address the problem of underrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the engineering profession by combining research; curriculum development; networking and promotional activities; and public education.

The Canadian Aboriginal Science and Engineering Association provides educational outreach and career guidance for Aboriginal youth in Canada through the development of science and math camps, teacher training, and mentorship programs.

The Government of Canada's Science and Technology Community Web page lists the federal projects and reports aiming to identify and provide the human resources tools necessary to manage and develop science workers within these leading-edge, knowledge-based organizations.

Studies on Minorities in Science

From the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology:

From the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development: Land of Plenty: Diversity as America's Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering, and Technology

From the National Science Foundation:

From the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat: Embracing Change in the Federal Public Service--Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the Federal Public Service

Career Resources

The Black Collegian covers graduate school and general career advice aimed at students of color.

Proctor and Gamble's Research and Technical Careers in Industry is a 3-day conference designed to give African-American, Hispanic, and Native American Ph.D. scientists a broad overview of research in industry and to provide opportunities to network with a group of successful minority scientists.

The National Aboriginal Career Symposium Web site provides an in-depth look at all of the aspects of the last NACS in 1999 in Ottawa, Canada.

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