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Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Ecology and Evolution

Raised toward our $6,000 Goal
46 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Increasing diversity and inclusion in Ecology and Evolution through a Graduate Preview Program

One major barrier to entry for upper level STEM jobs is navigating the 'hidden curriculum' - the unstated expectations for success in graduate school and admissions. This barrier disproportionately disadvantages groups already underrepresented in academia. The Ecology & Evolution Graduate Preview program, designed and operated by UC Davis graduate students, aims to increase transparency and access to graduate training.

This successful program provides interactive virtual workshops that cover the information students need to apply to masters and PhD programs in ecology and evolution, including sessions on funding, choosing the right program, and navigating imposter syndrome. In addition, each student is paired with a one-on-one mentor to provide individualized advice as they navigate the application process. Finally, participants also receive financial support in the form of application fee waivers for UC Davis graduate programs. Together, the program supports students' professional, socioeconomic, and personal needs.

Now in its third year, the program has reached a diverse audience of over 150 participants, including first generation, Latinx, Black, Native American, and LGBTQIA+ students. The program has proven success placing diverse applicants in graduate programs: a recent survey of participants shows 86% are either currently in a graduate program or plan to apply soon. Funds raised provide compensation to graduate student organizers and mentors who develop, refine and conduct the program. In addition, funding will support additional fee waivers for program participants, helping to ensure the longevity of the program in the coming years.

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