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2022 Biocollections Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholars Program

Posted by kmyule on January 20, 2022 - 4:01pm in Undergraduate Students

A unique, funded, and hands-on opportunity for students underrepresented in biodiversity science to participate in natural history collections research

The Biocollections Scholars Program will help you:
•Take the next step in building connections to nature
•Interact with diverse scientists that research the Earth’s biodiversity
•Gain technical skills needed for careers that use biodiversity science
•Work with a team on a project that will benefit future scientific research

The 2021 JEDI Biocollections Summer Scholars Program participants head out collecting.

Scholars program: 

Participants will earn a stipend of $2,200 over six weeks (May 31 - July 8, 2022) to work with mentors and peers on a collaborative biodiversity research and outreach project using the start-to-finish approach routinely taken by natural history collections scientists. This process will include:

    • Conducting field surveys of local plants, insects, and vertebrates
    • Preparing and preserving your own specimens in the ASU Natural History Collections
    • Publishing your specimen and observation data online, including images
    • Creating and linking your own scientific profiles to published data
    • Learning and using basic programming and data management skills
    • Leading a collaborative project aimed at biodiversity science outreach

Students will contribute to open biodiversity science, providing a valuable resource for future scientists and learn how to formulate specimen-driven research questions. In addition, scholars will explore potential career paths involving botany, entomology, zoology, and biodiversity informatics and network with scientists of diverse backgrounds.

 The JEDI Scholars learn about small mammal trapping.



This program is limited to scholars who identify as underrepresented in the biodiversity sciences, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Scholars may be current students or recent graduates (<2 years from ) of any university or community college, but preference will be given to applicants interested in continuing in a biodiversity-related field. Additionally, scholars must be able to commit to attending all program activities, which at minimum includes 20 hours/ week (total of 120 hours) of scheduled work in the ASU Natural History Collections facility and 2 scheduled overnight field trips.

Learn more about the experiences of last year's scholars:

Picture: The scholars investigate specimens in the herbarium.


Applications should be submitted at Email if you have any questions.


Applications are due March 1, 2022. Top applicants will be contacted shortly thereafter regarding an interview, and accepted applicants will be notified in mid-March. The fellowship program will run from May 31, 2022 to July 8, 2022.