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Beyond Our Local Community



A sister to the successful DiversifyChemistry and DiversifyEEB, developed by UM faculty, DiversifyEARTH aims to help students, teachers, search committees, conference organizers, editors, etc. find Earth & environmental scientists who are from diverse backgrounds, by having people self-nominate to a list. This approach has been successful for Chemistry and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and addresses the fact that our brains have poor recall of people we’re less familiar with, so we need to facilitate conscious efforts to ensure different viewpoints and experiences are being included and represented. For more infomration, contact Selena Smith

Greenland Experience for Undergraduates

The Greenland Expedition for Undergraduate Research is an opportunity to explore atmospheric and space sciences in Greenland. This expedition commemorates the expeditions of the 1920’s conducted by Prof. William Hobbs by recreating many of the observations made then with current technologies as well as mapping the regions studied in the 1920’s. Undergraduates with Junior status or greater from the University of Greenland, the University at Albany, the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech University are welcome to apply. Priority selection will be given to students with experience in atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, instrumentation as well as sociocultural studies. First generation and students underrepresented in the sciences are especially invited to apply. This initiative is funded by NSF, and the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

International Thwaites Glaciers Collaboration (ITGC)

The joint UK and US ITGC project is an international project designed to improve projections of sea level rise.  As part of this project, we have formed a committee to better promote best practices and successful interventions to make the ITGC and polar communities more welcoming and diverse. This event is promoted by the Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (JEDI) committee in the department of Climate, Space Science and Engineering (CLASP). 


SciAll’s mission is to expand and diversify public interest in science. They have two main goals: First, provide inspiration and guidance to students, particularly those from groups underrepresented in STEM, to help them understand the process of science and what it takes to succeed in STEM careers. And second, to make the scientific process accessible to a broad public audience, particularly among groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, and groups that are traditionally skeptical of environmental science. To fulfill these aims, they connect the public directly to professional scientists, who volunteer as vloggers for our campaign. The team of scientists, from various backgrounds, create and freely disseminate online videos that showcase personal reflections and stories that convey the relatable, intuitive, and, often exhilarating, human side of scientific research. They use a vlog on YouTube to tell true personal stories of how we ended up in our scientific careers, what it’s actually like to do what we do (including the adventures and mishaps along the way), why what we do can save the world, and how aspiring scientists can join us. For more information, contact Jenan Kharbush.