Wiki Update: Diversity Programs

by Danny Barringer on May 13, 2016

Happy Friday, everyone! This post is intended to serve as both notification of an update and a call for further updates to the Diversity Programs section of the AstroBetter Wiki. While we have a decent size list already, we’d love to find out about more of the programs in place to further promote the participation of folks who identify with marginalized groups in science. The program doesn’t have to be astronomy specific, so long as it can benefit students interested in astronomy or astronomy-related fields.

One such program, is the Penn State STEM Open House, which has been added to our wiki. If we get enough programs like this, it may be enough to start a new section of non-astronomy specific programs within the wiki.

If you have something you want to contribute, please leave a link to the program’s website and a brief (1-2 sentence description) in the comments!

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1 Bruce Macintosh May 13, 2016 at 5:39 pm

The Summer Research – Early Identification Program of the Leadership Alliance brings underrepresented undergraduates to various universities for summer research programs, matching them to a supervisor at a target institution, fully funding their participation, and providing things like GRE training, advice on how to apply for graduate school.

I had one great student through this program last summer and have another likely to be great student this summer.


2 Bruce Macintosh May 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm
3 Caty Pilachowski May 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

Getting You into IU (GU2IU) is a multi-day recruitment program that brings underrepresented and minority prospective Ph.D. and M.F.A. applicants to Indiana University Bloomington to learn about the programs they are interested in applying and to get a first hand view of the campus and community. IU pays all the costs of the visit, including lodging, transportation, meals, and travel to and from the airport.The program is open to underrepresented and minority undergraduate seniors and master’s students interested in applying to specific Ph.D. and M.F.A programs, including Astronomy.

The 2016 Getting You into IU Fall program takes place October 16-18, 2016. Students should apply by the September 2nd deadline. You’ll be notified within 2 weeks of the application deadline. Faculty should contact the Astronomy Department to nominate students for the program


4 Joshua W June 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Princeton University has a two-year bridge program in physics/astrophysics. The astro department accepts two applicants per year and those involved in the bridge program have their offices with the graduate students and get very well integrated in the department.


5 Mallory Molina October 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm

I’m pleased to announce the Towards a More Inclusive Astronomy (TaMIA) website and forum. We created it to help facilitate discussion between equity and inclusion groups in different departments, as well as to provide support for those interested in starting their own. We hope to foster inclusive discussions in all astronomy departments and help create a supportive environment for meeting ideas and resources to be shared. If you are interested, please check out our site and share it with others: We have a page with information and resources, as well as a private discussion forum to allow communication between E&I group leaders. Thanks!
-Mallory Molina on behalf of the TaMIA team


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