Equity & Inclusion

We in the McBride Lab are committed to cultivating a welcoming, supportive lab environment where people of all backgrounds can thrive. However, we recognize that racism and other forms of bias continue to marginalize or altogether exclude certain groups from academic communities. In many cases such bias is subconscious but nevertheless insidious and harmful. We are therefore committed to raise our own awareness and work actively to rectify inequities in our community and the broader academic field.

One major barrier may be limited access to information about research opportunities, funding, and other available support. Below is a non-comprehensive list of resources for aspiring scientists from under-represented groups (including racial minorities, low-income/first-generation college students, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others) at diverse career stages. This list also includes opportunities for allies to get involved, volunteer, and raise awareness. Members of our lab have participated in many of these programs and found them helpful/rewarding.

Programs for pre-university students (and interested scientists)

Undergraduate research opportunities @ Princeton

  • PNI summer research program: Summer research experience for undergraduates in Neuroscience. URMs strongly encouraged to apply.
  • REU for computational biology (beginning summer 2021): Summer research experience in computation biology for formerly incarcerated students

Applying to graduate school

Princeton institutional support for equity and inclusion

Other outreach and professional development resources

  • Prison Teaching Initiative: Provides high-quality post-secondary education to incarcerated students. Depends on volunteers
  • Project Biodiversify: Provides methods and material to help university educators diversify examples of biologists in their lectures
  • NextProf : Workshop designed to help advanced PhD students and postdocs with a demonstrated commitment to diversity prepare for/apply to faculty positions in academia.

Diversity advocacy groups

  • SACNAS: Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. Chapters at many universities; annual conference with the explicit goal of providing inclusive environment for cutting edge research and professional development
  • oSTEM: Out in STEM, LGBTQ+ advocacy
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Students present research with opportunities for professional development. Many grad schools recruit at this event (including Princeton).
  • ESA SEEDS: Initiative by the Ecological Society of America offering opportunities for URMs (funded research opportunities, funding to attend ESA meeting, mentorship…)

Fellowship resources