Thank you for your interest in joining the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) Choose Development! program as a mentor.
Applications will be reviewed by the Choose Development! Committee (Graciela Unguez, PI; Ida Chow, Co-PI; Richard Behringer, Program Coordinator; and Carmen Domingo, Master Mentor) on a rolling basis. Choose Development! Academic Mentors will be chosen from SDB members who are distinguished researchers with a commitment to training undergraduate research Fellows who are members of under-represented populations in developmental biology. The goal of our program is to determine if a greater commitment to a student’s career path by motivated members of a professional society can result in adding to the diversity of the next generation of PhD recipients, sending them on to becoming leaders in developmental biology research.
The information on this application will be used to determine whether Academic Mentor applicants are a good fit with the program and student applicants. The criteria for becoming SDB Choose Development! Academic Mentors include: an interest in and commitment to this program, extramural funding, and experience training students in research. Experience working with underrepresented minorities, including students with disabilities is not absolutely necessary, but certainly useful. A mentor workshop will be held before the summer to enhance skills to work with students with disabilites.
About the Choose Development! Program
Mission: Built upon a culture of inclusiveness, the Society for Developmental Biology Choose Development! program aims to augment the diversity of undergraduate students that enter doctoral (PhD) programs in pursuit of research careers in fields related to developmental biology.
SDB Academic Mentors: Mentor applicants should be current SDB members who hold research grants and are committed to the mission of this program. The Mentor must be interested in establishing a working relationship with an undergraduate who is considering developmental biology as a career choice. The Mentor is expected to train and advise the undergraduate SDB Choose Development! Fellow for two consecutive summers and to provide a Laboratory Mentor (a postdoctoral fellow, an advanced graduate student, or a laboratory manager) who can assist in providing hands-on training to the Fellow. Applicants must be able to provide the laboratory supplies and equipment necessary for a productive experience for the student. Mentors (Academic and/or Lab) will be required to attend a virtual mentor workshop in early spring 2020.
In addition to supporting the SDB Choose Development! Fellow, SDB will support the attendance of either the Academic Mentor or the Laboratory Mentor to the 2021 SDB annual meeting at which the Fellow will present their 2020 summer research work. The SDB Choose Development! Committee is also willing to assist mentors wishing to apply for supplemental support for the laboratory through their current extramural funding sources in order to help defray additional expenses the SDB Fellow may incur in coming to the Mentor’s laboratory.
Host institutions should have an undergraduate summer research support system, such as SURP, REU or an officer who will integrate the SDB Fellow with other peers on campus. The Mentor should provide contact information for these coordinators.
Applications cannot be saved and returned to later. It is therefore recommended that you preview the questions and prepare your answers offline before beginning the online application. Deadline is February 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET.