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2023 ASU Biocollections Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summer Scholars Program Applications Now Open

Posted by kmyule on January 11, 2023 - 11:56am in Collections

Applications are now open for this unique, funded, and hands-on opportunity for students underrepresented in biodiversity science to participate in natural history collections research

The Biocollections DEI 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

Picture: The scholars check small mammal traps.

Scholars program: 

Participants will earn a stipend of $2,200 over six weeks (May 22 - June 30, 2023) 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, as well as DNA barcoding and sequence alignment techniques
    • Leading a collaborative presentation to the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center

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.

Picture: The scholars investigate specimens in the herbarium.

Requirements:

This program is intended to serve scholars who identify as underrepresented in the biodiversity sciences, including but not limited to: students from minoritized ethnic groups (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and Asian and Pacific Islander); first-generation college students; students with disabilities; LGBTQ+ students; and students who come from lower-income families. Scholars may be current students or recent graduates (<2 years) 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 in-person, which at minimum includes 20 hours/ week (total of 120 hours) of scheduled work in the ASU Natural History Collections facility and 2 additional scheduled overnight field trips.

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

Apply here by March 1, 2023https://tinyurl.com/BiocollectionsDEI

Email kmyule@asu.edu if you have any questions. Top applicants will be contacted in early March regarding an interview, and accepted applicants will be notified in mid-March. The fellowship program will run from May 22, 2023 to June 30, 2023.

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